Let’s say you take a long, schwetty bike ride.
Or you finally do that Zumba class in all its awkward, pelvic thrusting glory.
Or you complete a half mary.
Or you lift weights like your name’s Xena.
Or you pedal that elliptical so fast it’s like “dance like nobody’s watching,” but you’re at the gym so, clearly, everyone’s watching. (Do work, Rhonda. Do work.)
I’ll tell you what. You need a post-workout recovery drink, sister. And today, that’s just what I’ve got.
This workout drink is inspired by ZICO’s Chocolate Coconut Water. I know: Chocolate coconut water? Sounds weird. But NO, it’s not. It’s perhaps my best beverage discovery of late.
What’s it taste like? Just like the creamy, rich, sweet chocolate milk of your childhood with a slight hint of coconut. Every time I drink it I wish I had a giant maple long john in hand, just like my former 8-year old self would’ve done. Those were the days.
Thankfully, even though this coconut water tastes like pure chocolate milk, it’s dairy free and makes the perfect base for a post workout recovery shake with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, electrolyte-containing coconut water, and a hint of coconut cream for that rich, creamy texture every smoothie needs.
It’s also loaded with:
- healthy fats and fiber from chia, flax and hemp seeds;
- protein from peanut butter;
- and potassium from banana
Friends, this shake is what dreams are made of.
In addition to indoor rock climbing, I’ve also been consistent with my morning meditation and planning intentional dates with John. In August we went on two movie and dinner dates, which made me realize how refreshing it is to get out and do things outside of our normal routine.
Whether you’re looking for a post-workout recovery drink, healthy breakfast or snack, this is the shake for you. It’s:
Loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats
Vegan and gluten-free
& Seriously delicious
If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. And if you tackle an item on your everyday life list, take a picture and tag it #CrackLifeOpen on Instagram or Twitter so we can be adventurous life-doers together. Cheers, friends!
Chocolate Chia Recovery Drink
- 14 ounces ZICO Chocolate Coconut Water Beverage*
- 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 frozen ripe banana (previously peeled, sliced, and frozen)
- 1/4 cup ice
- 2 Tbsp salted peanut or almond butter
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
Add chocolate coconut water and chia seeds to a blender and let rest for 10 minutes so the chia seeds can activate.
Add remaining ingredients and blend. For a thicker shake, add more ice and/or frozen banana.
Divide between two glasses (as original recipe is written) and serve immediately. Freeze leftovers into healthy popsicles!
*If you can't find chocolate coconut water, sub coconut water + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder. Or non-dairy milk + 2 pitted dates + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 2)
- Calories: 277
- Fat: 13g
- Saturated fat: 3g
- Sodium: 145mg
- Carbohydrates: 32g
- Fiber: 6g
- Sugar: 19g
- Protein: 8.6g
*This post was sponsored by ZICO Premium Coconut Water and ZICO’s newest campaign “Crack Life Open.” As always, all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Minimalist Baker.