Reese’s Chocolate Workout Smoothie

Posted on 29. May, 2012 by in Recipes

Yes its here! A protein workout shake that tastes like a dessert similar to a Reese’s Peanut butter cup. But don’t be fooled, I’m not trying to mislead you here by the picture. There is no Reese’s cups or any peanut butter in this shake at all, but the taste is really awesome. And the nutritional value in terms of a workout shake are absolutely amazing!

Here is the ingredient list for this Almond Butter/Chocolate masterpiece:

2 Tbsp. Almond Butter (pretty heaping scoops- make sure no sugar added)
2.5 Tbsp. Cacao powder (I order mine from Amazon-Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder, 16-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 2)
1.5 Scoops of Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound
(Amazon link)
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, Vanilla flavor
1 Raw Cage Free egg (white and yolk, plop it in!)
8 Ice cubes

Directions: Blend it all together in a blender!

Drink it slowly and enjoy it! It’s very good so its easy to drink it really fast and get a brainfreeze!

It’s like having Chocolate almond butter cups in a glass!

Check out the nutritional value:

Calories: 490
Protein: 52 g
Fat: 23.5 g
Carbs: 20 g
Fiber: 8 g
Sugar: 3.5 g

A lot of people will try to tell you that anywhere from a 1:1 to a 4:1 carb to protein ratio is optimal post workout. I’ve read many studies and tried many different experiments myself, and I found that its best to take in more protein than carbohydrates post workout in order for lean gains (building muscle while limiting fat gain). I’ve also found that dietary fat is so important to take in post workout as well. The nutritional value of this shake is what I consider optimal because it offers a fat + carbs value of 40 (23+17), and that falls just below the protein count of 52 g. I like having a 1:1 ratio of (fat+carbs):protein in my post workout meal or shakes.

I’ve also experimented by adding a banana into this shake as well. A banana has 110 calories, 0 fat, 1 g protein, 30 carbs, 3g fiber, and 19g sugar.

Adding a banana gives the shake a total of 600 calories, 53 g protein, 23.5 g fat, 50 carbs, 11 g fiber, and 22.5 g sugar. Talk about a muscle blaster shake!

This shake was already a “muscle building shake” before, but adding a banana definitely puts it in the category of mass building and out of the fat loss category. Is this a good thing? It depends on your goals.

In the Superhuman50 guide I made a smoothie/ shake template for people to follow. Another friendly reminder here, YOU have to form YOUR shakes around YOUR goals. If you are trying to lose weight, I would not put any fruit in your protein shakes. I would actually limit your fruit intake to 1-2 servings a day and eat them on an empty stomach.

If you were using this particular shake in a weight loss plan I would suggest you definitely use less almond butter, and a little less cacao powder and protein powder too.

Shakes can be great for building muscle or they can be great for losing weight. It all depends on how you use them.

Let me know how you like this shake once you give it a try!

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