Today’s Recovery Smoothie: Chocolatey, Immunity-Boosting Goodness

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I get bored easily, and frequently experiment with my recovery drinks.  Today after a long, challenging gym interval workout I needed something hearty and nutritious that would quickly feed my depleted muscles.  Here’s what I came up with:

Half a large frozen banana

1 scoop natural whey powder (can use soy powder or another low-Cal, fast-digesting protein)

1 Cup plain Kefir (A yogurt-tasting natural fermented milk product with 5X the probiotics as yogurt.  Usually in the organic section of your supermarket)

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

1-2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix together in a blender….

The Kefir added an awesome creaminess, plus carbs, slow-digesting protein and immunity boosters to fight illness (It’s NOT pretty when Mom gets sick in my house!).  I usually use milk or almond milk, but this worked great.

The banana’s natural sugars and protein from the whey powder fed my hungry muscles.

The peanut butter and cocoa powder made it delicious without too many added calories.

This one is not rocket science, but a keeper!  I’d love to hear what you put in your recovery smoothies.

PS….If you’re trying to lose weight, remember that some recovery drinks can be high in calories and in some cases should be considered a meal.   Consider using higher sugar/calorie recovery drinks after long (over 60 minutes) or very vigorous workouts.

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