One of my favorite ways to take in nutrition after a prolonged, sweaty run or workout is through a refreshingly cold smoothie. Unfortunately, not all smoothies are created equal. Most of the options you can buy at your local smoothie chain are heavy on the ice, light on the fruit, and loaded with added sugar. And while you can certainly request “no sugar” when you order, why not just make your own? You certainly can’t beat the convenience factor.
Today, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite smoothie recipes for post-run refueling. It’s packed with healthy carbs and a small amount of protein, making it a a perfect workout recovery drink (with a ratio of about 5:1 carbohydrates to protein). It’s also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds (thank you cherries, cacao, and almonds!)
If you’re not a fan of cherries, you can sub them out for frozen strawberries to make a Chocolate Covered Strawberry version. I’d recommend adding a pitted Medjool date or two to give it a little sweetness though. Keep in mind that will change the carb to protein ratio (which only really matters if you’re keeping super close tabs on your workout nutrition).
Chocolate Covered Cherry Recovery Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 2 cups frozen cherries
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or plant milk of your choice)
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tsp cacao nibs (plus extra for sprinkling on top)
- 2 tbsp almond butter (no sugar added)
- 1-2 tsp almond extract
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
- Drink and enjoy!
If you give it a try, let me know what you think!