Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

4-Ingredient Recovery Shake With Cocoa and Greens

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I don’t talk about it much here but I’m a bit of a workout junkie. Every morning at 6 a.m. you will find me at the gym lifting heavy things with my friends. Afterwards I normally drink a quick recovery shake made from a powder but it’s time to make something a bit more homemade. Especially because a daily smoothie is an easy way to get more greens in and I can use a few more in my diet day-to-day.

So I set out to make something with a similar nutritional profile to the shake mix I have been using. And I think I’ve done it in a mere 4 ingredients.

4 ingredient Recover Shake - ingredients

The result packs in 21g of protein and 43g of carbs (needed after a workout) without the use of some crazy whey protein powder. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti protein powder, it’s just not for me. Most are filled with crap I don’t understand, and I hate being dependent on something I have to order in containers the size of a small child.

Recovery Shake with Chocolate and GreensInstead I’d rather use something pretty accessible, like pasteurized liquid egg whites. I know, it sounds gross but TRUST ME. There’s no taste. It’s like adding protein water to your blender!

As for the texture… not slimy! When blended with other ingredients the egg white actually helps make a more smoothie like consistency.

I first made this combo with unsweetened dark cocoa powder (my favorite) but I picked up some cacao powder (cold-pressed cocoa beans) on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic and was not disappointed!

Here’s what I did…

  • 3 cups (85g) baby spinach or “Juicing Greens”
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tbsp (15g) unsweetened cocoa (or cocao) powder (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup pasteurized liquid egg white from the carton
  • Ice

Put all ingredients except for the ice in the blender.

ingredients in blender

Process until smooth. Blend in the ice and serve!

It comes out a beautiful shade of army green.

4 Ingredient Recovery Shake with Chocolate and Greens

I’m kidding, of course. It look gross but it’s tasty and makes a quick on-the-go recovery shake for my busy mornings!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe (1/2 of the dressing)
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
230 2g 11g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
15g 1g 43g 21g

See other recipes using: baby spinach, banana, cocoa powder, egg white

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    July 28, 2015

    Looks awesome!


    August 14, 2015

    This was AMAZING! I cannot believe that much greens could taste that yummy. The egg whites were not weird at all. Thanks for the great idea!