I had my big 10 mile run today (Ray had 20!). It is the longest run I’ve done in a few months. My foot felt fine. Whew! I ran with my friend Teresa around town and Burlington had THE most gorgeous weather today. It was sunny, the snow was melting at a fast rate, and people were running in shorts. Shorts! It’s February in Vermont. This was very strange. I’m not complaining though.
Ray has been reading quite a bit about running and nutrition. His research shows that the best post-workout meal to refuel with has a protein to carb ration of 1:4. Chocolate milk has this perfect ratio. Since I am not a fan of milk – even chocolate – I thought that this might drink make me gag. However, I wanted to try it out.
I made a glass of chocolate milk, but I also had half a banana left over from my pre-run snack. On a whim I got out the blender and mixed it with the chocolate milk. I also added a tablespoon of peanut butter and some ice. I blended it for a minute or two until it was frothy. Now, I am not a fan of smoothies or blended drinks either. I would rather chew my food. However, I was dumbfounded by how amazing this drink tasted. I kept thinking, this is my recovery drink? It tastes more like a milk shake from the ice cream shop. Just the right texture, thickness, and chocolate/banana/peanut butter flavor. I loved it!
Sarah’s Favorite Recovery Drink
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2 1/2 T. cocoa powder
- 1 T peanut butter (I used smooth)
- 1/2 banana
- few cubes of ice
Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth and frothy. Drink and enjoy!