Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe & The Best Recovery Drink for Runners

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hood, but all thoughts, opinions, and the yummy recipe at the end are all mine. 

What is the Best Recovery Drink for Runners?

Ever since I started running I’ve been on the lookout for the best clothes to wear, a reliable GPS watch, and the most beneficial foods to eat. I do a lot of research so I can find what works best for me, which has led me to having more than one of my dresser drawers filled with running clothes, a watch I love, and my favorite ‘recovery’ drink. I was both surprised and quite pleased to learn that chocolate milk is pretty much the perfect combination of carbs and protein, which is exactly what my muscles need after a run, or any good workout, really. Oh, and let’s face it, chocolate milk is pretty darn tasty, too, which means I feel like I’m indulging when I guzzle a glass after I exercise.

Best Runner Recovery Drink

Recently the folks at Hood reached out to me and asked if I would like to create and share a healthy recipe, including one of the Hood Simply Smart milks as an ingredient. Of course my first thought was that I’d love to come up with something both yummy and healthy and my second thought was that I wanted to make the Hood Simply Smart Fat Free Chocolate Milk the star of this particular recipe.

Hood Simply Smart Milk Nutrition Facts

Ultra-filtered Hood Simply Smart Milk provides benefits that regular milk simply cannot. It contains more protein, more calcium, a lower amount of fat, less cholesterol, and fewer calories than whole and 2% milk and the best part might be the rich and creamy taste you won’t find in other low-fat milks. Hood Simply Smart Milk is ultra-filtered to give you the best of what milk has to offer and it comes from Hood, a company that is in the business of providing consumers with the best in quality when it comes to dairy products. Check out these nutrition facts:

 

Whole 2% Simply Smart FF Simply Smart 1%
Fat 8g 5g 0 2.5g
Cholesterol 35mg 20mg <5mg 15mg
Calories 150 130 90 120
Protein 8g 8g 10g 10g
Calcium 30% 30% 35% 35%

Are you thirsty for a healthy glass of Hood Simply Smart milk yet? I know I am, but if you need a little more convincing I have a recipe that you are going to want to try as soon as you can rush to the store and pick up all the ingredients, but I’m also willing to bet you already have some in your kitchen right now.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

I’ll be honest, when I make a smoothie I pretty much like to toss some healthy ingredients into the blender and then mix it up, so I don’t do a lot of measuring. Today, though, I’ve got a specific recipe with some measurement guidelines to help you make the most delicious chocolate milk smoothie in the whole wide world. Okay, maybe not the entire world, but it’s really good. And oh so simple.Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup Hood Simply Smart Fat Free Chocolate Milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana (preferably one that is as ripe as possible)

Here’s what you need to do:

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until it’s reached your preferred consistency. If you like a nice creamy, thick smoothie (like I do), you can add a handful of ice cubes for the perfect consistency. That’s what I love about smoothies. Aside from the fact they are a great way to get in some healthy calories, they are also pretty easy to personalize using whatever ingredients you have on hand. Just make sure you start with a nutritious base, like that Hood Simply Smart Milk.

Tell me, what’s your favorite smoothie ingredient? 

Comments

  1. This sounds like it would hit the spot right now for real! I may e trying this soon using almond milk.
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  2. This is my kind of smoothie! I use everything except the chocolate milk so I am going to use that instead! We find Hood brand at Fresh Market.
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  3. That sounds delicious! I love chocolate and banana together, that’s one of my favorite flavor combinations of all time.
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  4. This looks delicious and perfect for me! I will be hitting my treadmill after a year long hiatus and this sounds perfect!
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  5. I love how fresh Hood milk tastes and the chocolate flavor isn’t real heavy like other brands. It’s definitely a favorite in my house. P.S. Love your simple smoothie recipe!

  6. This smoothie sounds delicious! I also love that it’s quick and easy to make. Great recipe!

  7. This sounds like the perfect balance of healthy and sweet! Just what I need after a long bike ride too! Thank you for this recipe.

  8. As I begin training for a half, this recipe is right on time. And it sounds mighty tasty too!

  9. Hi,
    Very nice post, you shared a very nice information for what I am looking for.

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