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Cacao Post-Workout Smoothie

June 22, 2017

Who loves to work up a sweat? And by working up, I mean exercising. Yes, the good stuff that gets your heart rate going and makes you feel GOOD. That moment when my alarm clock goes off ridiculously early is ALWAYS outweighed by how good I feel after exercising and I can easily say I never regret it. Post exercise nutrition is as important as the exercise itself and I recently wrote an article for the awesome Unit Nine on refuelling and created this unbelievably creamy and yummy Cacao Post-Workout Smoothie (I’m actually addicted!!).

There are three key areas that are important to focus on after exercising. Restoring electrolytes and fluid (lost when we sweat), replenishing fuel that has been used during training and protein intake to help restoration and synthesis of muscle and you can read my full article here. The Sweat Tribe Smoothie has got you covered for all three and if you need motivating to exercise, this can be your reward. I promise you its good.

Key Nutrients

Electrolytes – Bananas, avocado, nut butter and cacao are fantastic sources of potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium. Just one tablespoon of cacao alone gives you 15% of your daily magnesium requirements which is great for helping to relax those tired muscles.

Fuel – Carbohydrates are an essential part of post exercise nutrition and bananas, avocado, nut butter and soy are all boosting the carbohydrate intake in this recipe.

Protein – This smoothie packs in approximately 15g of protein per serving helping to repair and rebuild your muscles. Sources of protein in this recipe come from soy milk, nut butter, banana (yes, there is 1.7g protein in a medium sized banana) and cacao powder.

The perfect post workout smoothie

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Cacao Post-Workout Smoothie
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings
person
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings
person
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender starting with the soy milk. Blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy x.
Recipe Notes

Essential Equipment

Blender.

Tips

This can be made the night before and stores well in the fridge. Just give it a shake in the morning.

I use a standard cup measure. If you don’t have one you can use a mug and substitute the amount for ¾ of a standard size mug.

Find your Ingredients

Banana/avocado – fresh fruit/vegetable aisle

Nut butter - condiments/health foods. I would always recommend buying a 100% nut butter.

Soy milk - long life milk aisle or fridge.

Cacao power - health food aisle (not cacao not cocoa - the more natural refined version has all of the health benefits).

Let me know if you give this a try and love it as much as I do..

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