perfect for post-workout: mint cacao smoothie

Have you heard that chocolate milk is supposed to be the perfect thing to consume post-workout? This is because chocolate milk has an optimal combination of protein (from the milk) and carbs (from the sugar), plus calcium and a high water content. Research has shown that chocolate milk feeds and restores your muscles better than any sports drink after endurance training.

The powers of chocolate milk were in my mind when I created this smoothie that, in my opinion, is even better than plain ol' chocolate milk. Plus, I was inspired by dishing up the dirt's mint-cacao banana smoothie (although I left the banana out). PLUS, my colleague just happened to bring in a surplus of fresh mint from her friend's garden this week -- love that! Combine all of these factors and naturally I ended up with this delicious, refreshing smoothie. I created it after doing my REALLY hard HIIT/circuit workout at the gym this morning -- I was EXHAUSTED and knew my muscles needed some restoration after that! 

This is definitely one of my new favorite smoothies -- so fresh and restorative. Give it a try! Here's the recipe:

Mint Cacao Smoothie
For 1 small smoothie

-3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-8-10 fresh mint leaves
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
-1 handful crushed ice
-1 tbsp honey
-Dash vanilla extract (optional)
*For a creamier and more substantial smoothie, add 1 banana

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!

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