This is my favorite post-workout shake. It tastes like melting ice cream, a well-deserved treat after a long run or yoga class. I only recently added the mint, so for a plain chocolate shake, you can omit the mint and it is delicious all on it’s own. The best protein powder I have ever tried is Sun Warrior in Chocolate, but Vega is a close second. I also recently discovered Silk’s cashew milk, it is so rich and creamy and only 25 calories! It’s way better than almond milk because it has less of a distinct nut flavor.
This is a superfood smoothie, with Maca root to balance your adrenals and improve libido, spirulina for it’s anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense properties, and cacao nibs for their antioxidants and mood enhancers. All three of these little super foods are high in protein and provide a huge array of benefits. I tend to workout late in the evening, right after work, and by the time I get home around 9 or so, I don’t feel like a huge heavy meal, so this is often my dinner. It has under 250 calories and about 25 grams of protein, perfect for your recovering body. You can even add a handful of spinach if you want (I wish I had a blender that could blend greens in smoothies, but alas, I just have to eat them separately, even these mint leaves are bit much. Why are you so expensive Vitamix, why!?)
Chocolate Mint Chip Shake
makes 1 serving
1 scoop Sun Warrior Protein Powder
1/2 tsp spirulina
1 tbs maca root powder
1/2 frozen banana
1.5 cups cashew or almond milk
the leaves from two sprigs of mint, or 3 drops peppermint oil
1 tbs cacao nibs
Blend all ingredients together until very smooth, except the cacao nibs, which you can sprinkle on top. Sip slowly and enjoy immediately.