This is the smoothie I make for myself every day. I’m a chocolate lover and this is my go-to reward protein smoothie after a killer run or workout. I workout 6 days a week and I prefer to consume a protein smoothie right after working out to speed up recovery. Not overloading your stomach with food helps speed up recovery so the body can focus on muscle recovery versus digesting food in the stomach. I’ve tweaked this recipe so many times and I’m finally feel that is ready to share. I now, also make this for my oldest before swim practice every morning. I think the balance of the cacao powder drowns out the spinach factor and she never even pays attention to it. I love that I’m getting at least two servings of veggies in her before 8 am and she works her muscles hard in the pool. It’s not overly sweet but just the perfect balance.
I realize there are about a million green smoothie recipes out there. This is just one of my favorite takes on it and it’s vegan and totally gluten free. Oh yeah, and protein packed! It may not be the most glamorous but it sure ranks up there in flavor.
— Knead to Cook