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Chocolate Recovery Keto Shake
Try this nutritious keto shake after your workout or for a nutrient rich snack to boost your energy level and help your body repair!
Saturday's Are Meant for Long Runs and Keto Shakes
My Saturday started at 5:30 a.m. Why you may ask? Well, my friends and I decided to schedule a long trail run. We are currently training for our ultra trail Ragnar and wanted to get some decent trail running in.
So, that is why I was up at 5:30 a.m. eating a sweet potato as my pre-run breakfast, filling up my running water bottle, and packing dried cherries as fuel during the run.
I was out the door by 6:00 a.m. to meet my friends at the trail head at 6:30 a.m.
When I got there, it was only about 70 degrees. My two running buddies came about five minutes after I arrived.
Eventually, we all did some dynamic stretching, made sure we had everything we needed (water, nutrition, etc.) and we were off.
The trail was beautiful. It ran along a stream and was very shady. The weather was perfect for a run like this. We saw toads, turtles, and a turkey.
Although the trail was nice, it was VERY hilly and had many roots and rocks. Therefore, it was just perfect for getting ready for a trail Ragnar.
About three miles left to go, I could feel my glutes and my hamstrings tighten. I was tired and sweaty after running up and down steep inclines with roots and rocks.
When we were finished, I felt accomplished and ready to take on the day. However, I did really want a shower.
Post Run Activities
The first thing I did when I got back was jump in the shower and wash the mud off. Of course, I also made sure to check for ticks.
By the time I was dressed, I was STARVING. So, I ventured into the kitchen to see what I had that was good for recovery as well as refreshing since it was a humid day outside.
I opened the fridge and pulled out an avocado and almond milk. After that, I opened up the cabinet and pulled out cocoa powder, cinnamon, collagen and stevia.
Chocolate Recovery Shake it is, I thought.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE CHOCOLATE KETO SHAKE
Chocolate has been proven to boost your post-workout recovery by helping repair your muscles. It is important to get a good mix of protein, carbs, and fats after a workout.
Studies have shown that chocolate boosts the body’s ability to supply these nutrients to the muscles and liver. Not only that, but dark chocolate is also a good source of iron, magnesium, and antioxidants.
Some studies have also shown that the flavanols in dark chocolate help improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Furthermore, compounds in dark chocolate help build up HDL and protect against the oxidation of LDL lowering the risk of heart disease.
The dark chocolate cocoa powder definitely boosts the recovery keto shake!
Avocados are rich in key nutrients like vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, B vitamins, and vitamin E. They are known for their healthy fats that help the body absorb key nutrients.
These fruits have more potassium than bananas. Potassium is a great nutrient to consume after exercise as it helps the body maintain its electrolytes. It also gives your keto shake a creamy texture.
Collagen is a great source of protein and a great supplement to a post workout smoothie. It is a major component of your skin and it plays an important role in strengthening the skin.
Collagen is known to reduce joint pain, help bones, and boost muscle mass (since 1-10% of muscle tissue is composed of collagen)!
I pretty much put cinnamon in/on everything (squash, pancakes, yogurt, smoothies, etc.). Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties from its high level of antioxidants.
It is known to regulate the metabolism and increase energy by transporting blood sugar from your bloodstream to your cells by reducing insulin resistance.
Moreover, cinnamon also lowers blood sugar levels by slowing down the breakdown of carbohydrates.
Almond milk is a great non-dairy milk substitute. Most brands have 30-50% calcium and 20-30% vitamin D! This serves as a great base for a keto shake.
Stevia has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb in treating various of diseases.
Today, stevia is known for helping control blood sugar and insulin levels, lowering blood pressure, and may even help with Lyme disease.
Better yet, it has zero calories and zero sugar!
I put all the ingredients into the blender
-and blended it up until it was smooth. Of course, then I grabbed a straw and went out to my back porch and sat down. Man, did that keto shake taste refreshing and good. And after running trails, it felt good to sit on my butt!!
We hope you enjoy this chocolate recovery drink after your hard workout as much as I did!
If you enjoyed this recipe, try our Shamrock Shake!
Chocolate Recovery Shake (Keto Friendly)
Enjoy this as a healthy way to recover from a hard workout or as a quick breakfast.
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1 tbsp Coco Powder
- 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk Unsweetened
- 1 tsp Stevia
- 1 tbsp Collagen
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 5-7 Ice Cubes
Wash the avocado and slice in half. Put on half of the avocado in the blender and save the other half for another smoothie.
Add the cocoa powder, stevia, collagen, cinnamon, and ice cubes to the blender.
Add the almond milk.
Blend/pulse until smooth
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy! (:
Fat: 15 g
Carbs: 8 g
Fiber: 5 g
Protein: 11 g
Net Carbs: 3 g