Several weeks ago I signed up for my first race with several of my friends – the Run For Your Lives 5k, complete with obstacles and zombies. Now, I am not really a runner at all. It was only this summer, with the purchase of the RunKeeper App, that I began running on a pretty regular basis. I started with a simple circuit training routine – running for a minute and walking for a minute and a half, steadily increasing my running time over the past few months. And I was doing really well until recently, when the combination of insane daily highs over 100°F, a bachelorette party weekend at Dewey Beach, and my 3 hour daily commute colluded to prevent me from lacing up my running sneakers even once in the past 2 weeks. At this rate I will be “eaten” by zombies within the first 10 minutes of the race.
But, never fear, I will break the dry spell tonight! With a perfectly forecasted high of 88°F with partly cloudy skies, there will be nothing to hold me back. I need this to stretch my bored muscles, clear my mind, and – well – train for a race that I am already committed to running.
To reward myself for finally putting my running shoes back on, and to give myself a post-work out boost, I will be making my newest snack obsession, inspired by the comment section of a Kitchn post– a frozen banana chocolate milkshake. Bananas are known as a great post-workout snack because of their high level of potassium and their healthy carbohydrates. The addition of skim or 2% milk as a protein source replenishes tired muscles. Even the cocoa has some health benefits, although those aren’t directly related to working out. Blended together you have a sweet chocolaty treat that will keep you in tip-top shape.
Chocolate Banana Milkshake
2 medium bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
¾ – 1 cup skim milk
3 teaspoons dark cocoa powder
2 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
1) Place banana chunks, about ¾ a cup milk, cocoa powder, and sweetener in blender and process until smooth.
2) Add milk a little at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
3) Pour into a glass, add straw, and enjoy. If you are really forward looking, you might make this before your run, and put it in the freezer to thicken a bit during your workout and so you can enjoy it immediately after you return.