Let’s just start this post by telling you that milkshakes are my absolute sweet weakness.
Especially in the Summer, there’s nothing I love more than sipping on a frothy shake and enjoying the sunshine. But let’s be honest here, they’re not the healthiest.
When I heard that chocolate milk was one of the best things to have after a workout (thanks to its dose of protein and supply of glucose that you would have lost), I knew I had to find a way of healthily making chocolate milkshake goodness a weekly part of my life.
My lovely readers, I think I’ve done it.
Of course, it’s never going to be as healthy as a green juice, but you can’t have everything. What you can have, though, is your favourite naughty treats in a nice, healthy way.
For a big frosty glass of chocolate goodness you will need:
Frozen bananas (chop the bananas before you pop them in the freezer)
Chia seeds (topped with a little bit of water twenty mins or so before you drink so it goes gloopy)
One and a half tablespoons of cacao powder – you can find this in most supermarkets now
A big glug of soy/almond/hazelnut milk
One tablespoon of coconut oil
One tablespoon of pure maple syrup
All you need to do from there is put all the ingredients in your blender and whizz until smooth.
The frozen bananas will make the drink nice and cold, but is a much healthier version of ice cream. Also, the potassium and natural sugars will be great for replenishing energy. Meanwhile, the chia seeds are your natural way of getting protein rather than using protein powder (I’m not overly keen on powders).
Cacao powder is unrefined chocolate – it’s got barely any sugar, and is chock full of antioxidants – more so than berries! You can use normal milk if you’d like, but lactose free will be kinder to your stomach, whilst the coconut oil adds a hint of good fats which will be great for your muscles and weight loss and will make the milkshake even creamier.
And the maple syrup? Well, the cacao powder is quite bitter, so you’ll need that for a bit of sweetness.
I always whip up this treat after a long run – and I tell you now, I’m always energetic for the rest of the day, even if I’ve been running for over two hours! Wonderful.
Let me know if you try this! Are there any other treats you’d like me to try and make healthy? Keep me posted!