When I first started running a couple of years ago, I remember reading up on nutrition for runners. In one of several running magazines I bought, there was a feature which mentioned that chocolate milk and peanut butter on toast was the prefect combination for post-run refuelling.
Delighted at the opportunity to consume said snacks guilt-free, I indulged in pint-glasses of sugary chocolate milk after almost every run, only to ponder after running the London Marathon in 2014 why during my two years of running I’d lost almost no weight.
And while two years after completing the marathon I still have a penchant for something sweet post-work out, I’ve since discovered a delicious alternative to the sugar-laden drinks of my past. The raw cacao in this smoothie provides the body with magnesium which aids muscle recovery, and the unique combination of fatty acids from the coconut oil can help aid both weight loss and brain function.
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 250ml milk
- 250ml water
- 1tsp coconut oil
- 1tsp desiccated coconut
- 1tsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp chai seeds
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (or honey)
- 1 banana (frozen works best)
- Place everything in a blender and blitz for a minute or two
- If you need more bulk add a some rolled oats.