Today was a fairly hard riding day on the road (wind, rain and a flat tire during the rain) so I decided to cheer myself up and help my recovery with a post-ride chocolate smoothie. Not really feeling like searching for a recipe online and then going out to try to find the ingredients (a lot of which are often hard to find in Japan) I decided to concoct a smoothie with the ingredients I already had at home. It actually turned out really tasty so I thought that I would post it up here so you can give it a try if you feel so inclined.
My Post-Ride Chocolate Smoothie
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 1 cup of low-fat milk
- 2 heaping tbsp of low-fat probiotic yogurt
- 6 almonds
- 1 small banana
- 2 heaping tbsp of powdered cocoa (20-24%)
- Optional: 2 pieces of 86% cocoa or higher chocolate (softened)
Just throw it all in a blender, blend it for 45 seconds or until smooth and enjoy!
Using a recipe calculator I found out that it should have about 318 calories, 10.2g of fat, 16mg of cholesterol, 164mg of sodium, 1153mg of potassium, 7g of dietary fibre, 31g of sugars, 17g of protein and a whole lot of Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Riboflavin and other trace elements. It seems like it would be a decent recovery drink, although I am not a nutritionist.