One big key to recovery is replacing calories within an hour of exercise. In fact, new research suggests that the window is closer to 30 minutes. It’s this research that has allowed chocolate milk to get a legitimate foothold in the sports drink marketplace and for good reason: chocolate milk has a nice balance of protein and carbs and is easy to get down. If you’re like me, however, and can’t do dairy, chocolate milk post-workout can make you downright miserable. In trying to find something similarly easy but easier on my stomach, the Monkey Shake was born. It keeps the drinkability of chocolate milk but boasts more carbs and protein plus a healthy dose of potassium to replete electrolytes.
Ingredients are simple:
- Frozen Banana (buy a bunch on sale, peel and throw in the freezer)
- 1 cup of Unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk
- 1 scoop of Vanilla ON Gold Standard Whey**
Blend until mixed. The frozen banana gives it a great texture without having to add ice.
**Whey protein does have some dairy in it, so if you are allergic to milk protein, use a different source. For me, a serving of whey protein doesn’t bother my stomach. I use ON Gold Standard Whey because I can pronounce all of the ingredients on the side of the tub and because it’s one of the few powders that is guaranteed to be free of banned substances.
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe? What’s your go to recovery food/drink?