The Most Amazing Non-Green Post-Workout Chocolate Smoothie Recipe Ever
I work out hard. I don’t love it but figure that if I’m going to do it, I might as well maximize my results. There are many days that I don’t eat properly before doing so and the result is a faint, shaky body. My favorite way to come back from that quickly is one of my favorite smoothies. I love smoothies, seriously… except for the green ones. I find the taste and texture of green smoothies to be extremely unpalatable. Green smoothies are the trendy thing now, but I just can’t. I have tried. Not worth it!
This filling, good-for-you-but-still-tasty smoothie is also my reward for ending my hour dripping in sweat and exhausted since it’s slightly sweet. The measurements below are only estimates and can easily be adjusted to taste but this mix got high reviews from both my guy and kiddo. The flavors all blend well in equal amounts.
Here is what we need:
- 1 medium banana
- 2 Tbsp Ghirardelli Hot chocolate mix in ‘double chocolate’
- 2 Tbsp PB2 peanut butter powder
- 1-2 tsp organic gelatinized Maca powder***
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
- ice cubes, about 8
Blend well and enjoy!
What is Maca?
*** The Maca Powder is not required but it is good for you and adds some complexity to the drink’s flavor. What is maca? Maca is also known as Peruvian ginseng, even though it’s not part of the ginseng family. It’s grown in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes.
There have been several studies over the years on the effects of maca, but it is commonly used to improve stamina, mood, energy, and even as an aphrodisiac. This website gives a quick overview of maca in easy to follow English. I prefer organic, gelatinized powdered maca and typically buy it from Home Goods, which is probably my favorite place ever. When Home Goods is out, I’ll grab it from Amazon. Anthony’s Organic Maca Root Powder is my preferred brand, it’s non-GMO, vegan, and kosher in a 16-ounce Pouch.
Gelatinized, over the raw variety, is said to be much easier to digest and absorb. I’ve used raw in the past and haven’t had issues personally but be aware that raw can irritate some stomachs.
So, what do you think? What kind of smoothies do you like? I’m always looking for good ones!