This month has been filled with some pretty intense running workouts and long runs. By Sunday, I’ll have run 92 miles in January! Yup, Margaret from Young and Rungry who made my San Diego Half Marathon training plan has seriously been kicking my butt! As many of you know from my previous races, I use Nuun to rehydrate after longer runs since it has lots of electrolytes and helps with my leg cramps. However, more recently I’ve started adding in protein shakes to help with recovery as well.
I’m not a big fan of protein powders normally since I don’t like the chalky flavor. I also get a lot of protein from other sources throughout the day like Greek yogurt, chicken, eggs, nut butters, etc. I have heard some great things about protein powder though from many people, especially the Tone It Up girls I follow on Instagram, but I just haven’t found a powder form I like.
That’s why I was kind of hesitant when a package of BeFit chocolate protein powder arrived on my doorstep this weekend. I’m working with BeFit on an upcoming campaign in February for their workout video series, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the protein powder. I decided to add a scoop to my smoothie after last Saturday’s long run since I needed a boost after those challenging 9 miles (OK fine I was a bit hungover from Friday’s festivities but I still ran those 9 miles so give me a break…).
I added in a scoop of the chocolate protein powder, a banana, some milk, blueberries, frozen berry mix, and some ice cubes. I blended the ingredients in my Nutribullet I got for Christmas (love that thing!). Since I don’t usually use protein powder, I had no idea it was going to expand so much! I ended up having enough for a ginormous shake and I drank the whole thing so I guess you could say I liked it 🙂
Chocolate Berry Protein Shake Recipe
- 1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
- 1/2 Cup of Frozen Berry Mix
- Handful of Ice Cubes
- 1 Cup of Milk
I’m hoping to keep experimenting with different smoothie and protein shake recipes with various fruits, yogurt, and nut butters. If you have any recommendations of ingredients you’d like to see, let me know!
Do you have any protein powders you love? What are your favorite post run smoothies/shakes?