This Cocoa Banana Smoothie is a tasty and beneficial way to help my body recover after my morning run!
How do you feel about exercise?
Growing up, I was really active in both gymnastics and cheerleading. I never really went to the gym because I got enough of a workout at practice. However, now that I’m getting a little older, as my husband likes to remind me, getting to the gym a few times a week is a must!
While Kevin loves to run for fun (he’s done 4 marathons!), I sometimes need a little motivation to get me going. Enter the Gildan Esprit de She 5k/10k run. They have a Post-Race happy hour with a signature bubbly bar as well as a Panasonic beauty bar, food and music! Sounds a little better than the usual post-race bagel or granola bar, don’t you think?
I love how the Gildan Esprit de She race is all about empowering women to #beyourpotential. It makes no difference if you’re a lifetime runner or you have to drag yourself out of bed (like me!) to go for your morning run. They want to inspire you to be all you can be. I know for me, having a race like this to work towards is the motivation I need to get my running shoes on.
This year the Columbus race is going to be held on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 at Genoa Park. If you sign up before September 1st they have an awesome buy one race registration, get one free special! This is seriously a deal you can’t pass up!
Ok, let’s switch gears a little and talk about this smoothie recipe!
Have you heard the recent buzz about the benefits of chocolate milk after a work-out? Chocolate milk may have double the amount of calories, but also double the amount of protein compared to plain milk, water or sports drinks, which makes it perfect to help your muscles recover.
My husband often does this when he’s training for a marathon and while I might not be a marathon runner (not even close!) I thought it’d give it a try. Plus, it gives me a little motivation to have a tasty (and healthy!) snack as my reward for working out. Who’s with me on that one?
Now since I’m not out there running 20 miles, I don’t need a gallon chocolate milk, that would sort of negate any benefit to my workout. I think a 1/2 cup like in this smoothie seems like a good amount. Paired with a banana and yogurt, this smoothie is a tasty way to help my aging body recover after a run.
Prior to running I get all of the ingredients ready, so when I get home I can throw everything right into the blender. I don’t need anything too complicated after sweating for 30+ minutes.
Whether you’re training for a race or just getting yourself back into exercise, this cocoa banana smoothie is a tasty treat to help your muscles after your work-out! Okay, see you! I’m off for a quick run 🙂
- ½ cup light vanilla yogurt
- 1 banana, peeled, chopped and frozen
- ½ cup chocolate milk*
- Add ingredients to your blender in the order listed and blend until smooth.
- If you want a thinner consistency, add additional milk.
Learn more about the Columbus Esprit de She here