A couple of years ago, when I first started running, I read on a few forums that chocolate milk was the chosen post-run drink for a wealth of runners; due in part to its protein to carbohydrate ratio. Suffice to say I took such advice to heart and used to gulp down a litre of the stuff after every run – whether it was 10 or 20k paying little attention to the ingredients.
Now older and somewhat wiser, while I still love nothing more than a post work out chocolate smoothie, now I tend to create mine from scratch, using more natural foods.
Coconuts are a great source of natural fat and cacao powder is a natural and healthy alternative to other powdered chocolates and full of magnesium which is perfect for relaxing muscles post-workout.
Ingredients (serves one)
250ml coconut milk (I use Alpro)
1 teaspoon of raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1/2 a vanilla pod (or a teaspoon of vanilla essence)
1 frozen banana
1 handful of ice
Blitz everything in a blender for a minute or two, adding ice depending on how cold you like your smoothies.