Coffee Banana Recovery Smoothie

I’ve created a masterpiece.

Behold: my favorite post-workout recovery smoothie to date: the coffee banana recovery smoothie.

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looks like a mocha frappe, but I can’t eat chocolate so it’s not.

This popped into my head after a pretty intense workout session: 8 mile tempo run plus teaching an hour of Zumba. I love following my workouts with coffee and/or a banana, and today I thought why not combine them?

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What a brilliant concept. Here’s what I used: a frozen banana (I almost always have a few floating around the freezer, usually because they’ve become too ripe to eat plain), 8 ounces of leftover morning coffee (this variety was vanilla nut), 4 ounces of milk, vanilla whey protein powder, and the last-minute surprise element: chia seeds.

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Shane has been on a total chia seed kick. He makes awesome chia seed pudding and has been tossing them into kefir smoothies. I decided to hop on the chia seed train.

Chia seeds are an awesome source of Omega-3s. They provide a good deal of fiber and serve as a great aid in the digestion system, forming an almost-gel substance that helps break down carbohydrates.

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I started by soaking the chia seeds for 15 minutes in the milk. This helps soften them. Then I added all ingredients into a bowl and mixed with my immersion blender until smooth. It’s important to serve smoothies immediately, as they thicken with time.

This works so well as a workout recovery drink: you have coffee, with benefits like performance boost and depression-fighter, banana with benefits of potassium, protection against muscle cramps and digestion aid, chia seeds for digestion aid and Omega-3s, whey protein powder which serves as an important building block for the body, and milk which adds necessary fat, lactose, and water content (as long as it’s not skim milk).

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Fit for Life’s Coffee Banana Recovery Smoothie

Serves: one 12-ounce smoothie

8 ounces coffee of choice, cooled
4 ounces milk (can be regular, almond, coconut – your choice)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (I use melaleuca brand)
1 banana (preferably frozen. If not, add 4-5 ice cubes to the mix)
1/2 tsp. chia seeds

1. Start by soaking the chia seeds in the milk for 15-20 minutes.
2. Mix coffee and protein powder first. Add the milk/chia seed combination, and the banana (optional ice cubes). Blend well.

Serve immediately.

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2 Responses to Coffee Banana Recovery Smoothie

  1. diana says:

    i love bananas in smoothies!
    since bananas are such a pain to peel when frozen, i chop up 10+ of them & put them in a container in the freezer.
    that way, when i need them, i just take 4-5 chunks out & NO frozen fingers 😉

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