This smoothie is great for straight after the gym, when you’re not having a meal straight away but you want to get something in to your body to help repair your muscles and all that jazz.
In general, I don’t drink a huge amount of smoothies and shakes, because I’d much prefer to eat the ingredients deconstructed on a bowl, but this one I would often reach for after a workout.
This is also fairly customisable with extra ingredients and flavours, and while I don’t normally include calories and ‘macros’ in my posts, this time I have. This is because I want this post to be accessible for beginners as well as pros and as some people may have their own goals and desired nutrient intake after their workout I wanted to allow for that.
When I drink it, I just make the standard recipe (and sometimes add in strawberries for a bit of extra flavour). I’m not working towards any specific goals, just looking to be happy and healthy.
Chocolate Banana Post-Workout Smoothie
- 1 ripe small banana
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of natural yoghurt (I use Glenisk, Onken, or Aldi 0% Greek Yoghurt)
- 1tsp chocolate powder (I use green & blacks organic cocoa powder)
- Ice cubes
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp of nut butter
- 30g Porridge Oats
- Chocolate protein powder (you can substitute the regular cocoa powder for this)
- Fresh berries (raspberries & strawberries are my favourites)
The method for this is simple! Just grab a blender cup (I use my Nutribullet for this) and pop in your banana, milk, yoghurt, cocoa powder and 2 ice cubes*.
Pop on the lid and give it a quick shake. Then blend until smooth. If you’re finding it’s a bit thick, add in two more ice cubes and blend again. Keep doing this until it’s reached your desired thickness.
Once it’s ready, pour it into a glass or drink straight from the blender cup.
*The ice cubes help preserve it if you want to make it before the gym and bring it with you. And it lasts in the fridge for about a day.
Basic Recipe: 192 Calories / 33g Carbs / 10g Protein / 2g Fats