Choco Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
"I'm not the biggest fan of protein powders. Many protein drinks are loaded with artificial ingredients, sweeteners and fillers, so I prefer to get my protein for whole food sources. One of my favorite protein shakes is this choco-peanut butter-banana smoothie. It's great for weight loss and muscle building because it's loaded with natural sources of protein.
The #1 protein drink I recommend is chocolate milk, which has the ideal ratio of carbohydrates to protein (3:1) to help refuel and build muscle after a workout. Many studies have shown that individuals who drank chocolate milk within an hour after working out had higher muscle fuel stores, less body fat and a greater overall physiological response to exercise than those who recovered with water or a sports drink. Some other benefits of chocolate milk: It contains high-quality protein to help build and repair muscles, calcium to strengthen bones, vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption, plus sodium and potassium to help replace lost electrolytes and B vitamins."
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 cup chocolate milk (if you're lactose intolerant, you can use chocolate almond milk;
however, it will only provide 1 g protein)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
6 oz Chobani fat-free Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 handful spinach (optional)
Nutrition: 577 calories, 22 g fat (5 g saturated), 8 mg cholesterol, 364 mg sodium, 69 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 36 g protein