Looking for a more natural approach to getting your protein kick, without having to rely on protein powders? Then this delicious choc-almond smoothie could be just what you are looking for.
The key to a good protein source is making sure you get all 9 essential amino acids in one go. This is why many people opt for protein powders, however, they are not necessary. You can get all the nutrients your muscles need by combining the right ingredients into the mix.
Which is where this choc-almond protein smoothie comes in.
Rich in almond-butter, almond milk and chia seeds, this satisfying smoothie has all 9 essential amino acids needed for building muscle, pumping you full of energy and staving off hunger. Plus it tastes as good as a chocolate bar (without all the empty calories!).
But don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself. You won't regret it!
- 1 large, banana (frozen or fresh)
- 1 pitted date, soaked until soft
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. Unsweetened almond butter
- 1 Tbsp. Chia seeds
- 2 tsp. Raw cocoa powder
- 4-6 ice cubes
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and pulse until well combined.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Chia seeds - Containing all 9 amino-acids, chia seeds are an excellent complete protein source.
Almond butter - High in protein and fibre, almond butter gives your muscles the energy and fuel they need, while aiding in smooth digestion.
Almond Milk - A great source of calcium and protein, and lower in fat than regular milk, almond milk will keep your smoothie light and deliciously nutty tasting.
Cocoa powder - One of the most ubundant sources of polyphenols, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation, cocoa powder is believed to enhance blood flow to your brain, and support optimal brain function.
Banana - A delicious powerhouse of nutrients, bananas are rich in potassium, a nutrient that aids in muscle recovery after training.
Dates - Also packed full of nutrients, dates provide numerous minerals needed for supporting healthy bones and joints.