- Published on April 18, 2017
- Written by TCHOsen
Think of your body as the hardest worker you’ve ever met. When you’ve finished up a tough workout, it keeps on working by repairing the damage done to your tissues and building up extra muscle growth.
There’s just one caveat: In order for your body to do this job effectively, it needs the proper fuel. And that’s why post-workout milkshakes are perpetually popular among the athletic crowd.
Drinking a healthy shake after a workout can help your body repair itself faster and achieve greater strength gains. But a regular milkshake probably won’t cut it. Instead, you want to pack your shakes with nutrient-rich ingredients that give your body the nutrition it needs to get stronger.
That’s where these post-workout milkshakes come in. Each of these shakes serves two purposes: They will provide your body with fuel to recover from a workout and generate new muscle growth. And they’ll taste like a delicious milkshake while doing it.
These shakes also share one more thing in common: They all contain chocolate. Adding chocolate to post-workout milkshakes (whether in the form of cocoa powder or chocolate discs) is a great idea for several reasons.
For starters, it’s delicious. (We should know—at TCHO, we make some of the most flavorful chocolate around.) It’s also good for you. Chocolate boasts a wide array of nutrients including magnesium, copper, potassium, iron, and flavonoids, which are loaded with antioxidants that reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and may help ward off a variety of diseases. These nutrients are beneficial to athletes of all types. And when you consume TCHO’s Natural Cocoa Powder, you can rest easy knowing it was produced on cooperative farms and without the use of processes that strip the beans of their rich flavor.
Whenever your body is in need of some post-workout fuel, turn to one of these delicious, chocolatey shakes.
Few flavor combinations are more classic than chocolate and banana. This post-workout shake includes these two delicious ingredients along with protein-packed hemp hearts, vanilla extract, heart-healthy cinnamon, and fresh spinach. The chocolate takes the form of cocoa powder to ensure plenty of rich, chocolatey flavor comes through. The final product boasts 10 grams of protein and an impressive number of nutrients (especially given that it tastes like a thick chocolate-banana milkshake).
As the name suggests, this post-workout shake packs a serious punch. That’s thanks to the use of flavorful ingredients such as peanut butter and cocoa powder along with other healthy add-ins like almond milk, spinach, fresh fruit, and hemp protein powder. The end result? A nutrient-rich, flavorful, and filling shake that will help you build the lean muscle you’re after.
Don’t let the green color fool you into thinking this shake tastes like spinach. While the healthy green is one of the primary ingredients, this shake boasts full-bodied flavor (and tons of nutrients) in the form of chocolate protein powder, ground flaxseed, fresh banana, peppermint extract, almond milk, and a liberal topping of dark chocolate. Don’t be surprised if one sip takes you back to the mint chocolate chip ice cream of your childhood.
This shake is packed with healthy carbs, fats, and a whopping 54 grams of protein to help your body recover from even the toughest workouts. All that protein is thanks to chocolate protein powder, rolled oats, and cottage cheese. Lest you be worried that doesn’t sound like a very tasty combination, fear not: The recipe also calls for vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate to ensure this drink tastes more like a milkshake than a health food.
Adding high-quality cocoa powder and/or chocolate discs to your post-workout shakes is a great way to ramp up both the nutrient content and the deliciousness quotient. And that’s enough to make anyone smile wider—even after a grueling workout.