Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

Please don’t judge this smoothie by it’s cover color. I tried and tried to make it green but the cacao powder just leaves everything looking… blah. I refuse to drink a smoothie that doesn’t involve greens so it wouldn’t be a nice pink color, either. I know the number one sin of food blogging is unattractive food/photos but I tried my best.

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

Greens + cacao powder does not equal attractive.

I recently discovered that I liked cherries. I previously had no idea… now I can’t get enough of them! I’ve been eating them in oatmeal, in yogurt and mixed into smoothies. I even bought a cherry pitter, so it’s basically a pretty serious commitment we have with each other.

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

No new friends… except cherries.

I’m all about the recovery these days. When you’re running 35+ miles a week, you need to be sure you’re taking care of your body. I’m trying to be sure I eat enough protein, drink enough water, get electrolytes and eat anti-inflammatory foods… like cherries! (Weird to think four years ago my recovery was from drinking 1000 alcohol calories in a night and consisted of laying in bed dying and eating greasy breakfast food.) Anyway, this is the second week in a row I had the cherry chocolate recovery smoothie and I feel more recovered (is that a thing?) so I’m going to keep doing what works.

Healthy Skoop sent me a whole bunch of their products to try. Truth be told, to this point I’ve only used B-Strong, their protein powder, but I really like it. As we know, I’m always on a quest for the best plant-based protein powder. The B-Strong powder has done an AMAZING job keeping me full, even after a fifteen mile run. You can win your choice of product from Healthy Skoop, too. Keep scrolling down and enter my giveaway!

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

Chocolate… always a necessity.

My post-long run meal lately has been a smoothie for greens and protein powder (typically around 200 calories) then an egg and half an Ezekiel gluten-free English muffin with nut butter and whatever else (this week, brie cheese and apple slices). My runger has been slightly more manageable than normal, I will say.

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

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Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 1
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ scoop B-Strong Viva-Nilla Protein Powder
  1. Put all ingredients into Vitamix or other high-powered blender and blend until smoothie.
  2. Pour into glass and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: entire recipe Calories: 202 Fat: 1.4 g Saturated fat: 0.8 g Carbohydrates: 35.5 g Sugar: 22.1 g Sodium: 102 mg Fiber: 6.1 g Protein: 17.4 g


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41 comments on “Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on August 19, 2014 7:11 am

I used to make recovery smoothies all the time, but this year hasn’t been so hot, so I haven’t felt the need for them as much. You know I love me some cherries, though.

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Lindsay on August 19, 2014 7:20 am

seriously, skoop is the best!!! YUMO!! great combo
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Lindsay on August 19, 2014 7:21 am

p.s. the greener the better, ugly is good!
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Em Todd on August 19, 2014 7:58 am

Typical recovery plan: breakfast and coffee. It’s amazing how much easier the last 2 miles of a run are when I know I’m close to food time.

Terrible recovery plan: following breakfast and coffee with diet coke, “ice dream” from chick fil a, and costco smoothies and churros. The only part of that I would do again is the churro. #worthit
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Hilary on August 19, 2014 8:03 am

After a night out or workout I love a smoothie, light and easy to digest! Perfect for recovering :)
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Lesley on August 19, 2014 9:43 am

Pancakes and iced coffee! Or, if Erik’s in town, his breakfast burritos :) I like to eat a LOT of calories after a long run or I never stop feeling rungry.
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on August 19, 2014 10:21 am

Chocolate and Cherry….a flavor match made in heaven ;)
I love making simple frosty shakes with just protein powder, almond milk, water, and ice! So simple, but quick and yummy!
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Kelli @HungryHobby on August 19, 2014 10:32 am

35 miles a week, you’re a rockstar! What happen to the Salmon? Lol JK this looks delicious! I pinned it :) Also, can I steal the word runger from you? Happy Tuesday!
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Cassie on August 20, 2014 9:27 am

You can definitely steal runger from me!!

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Madelyn Moon on August 19, 2014 11:28 am

This looks so very delicious :) We are so glad you love your Skoop B-Strong! Your recipe looks like the perfect recovery drink AND breakfast! Thanks for sharing :)
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Cassie on August 20, 2014 9:28 am

Thanks for making it happen, Madelyn!!

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Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating on August 19, 2014 1:01 pm

I was recently introduced to the Healthy Skoop protein powders as well! I love them so far. I actually just posted a recipe on my blog using their B-Strong powder in a PIE! It was pretty epic. Your smoothie sounds great, love me some cherries!
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Cassie on August 20, 2014 9:52 am


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Erin @ The Almond Eater on August 19, 2014 1:21 pm

So I haven’t had a cherry since I was 12…or somewhere around there. Maybe I like them too but I wouldn’t know! Soooooo I should probably try one eh???
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Tessa on August 19, 2014 3:49 pm

After a hard workout, I usually have a protein shake and some chocolate milk

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Claudia on August 19, 2014 5:23 pm

Consequently yummy! That appears to be impressive.
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Farrah on August 19, 2014 6:31 pm

Protein shakes are definitely my way to go. :D!
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Matt @ Runner Savvy on August 19, 2014 8:09 pm

Oh yum!

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liz l on August 19, 2014 8:57 pm

Water and an omelet

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sarah on August 19, 2014 9:12 pm

oatmeal cures all!

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heather on August 19, 2014 9:36 pm

I recover from a work out or a long night out by taking a hot bath.

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Alexis @ Hummusapien on August 19, 2014 10:22 pm

I’ve been hearing so much about that protein powder lately! Looks amaze. Greens make my smoothies look miz, but it doesn’t stop me from adding a shiz ton! I’ve been meaning to start trying coconut water in my smoothies….so refreshing!

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Thalia @ butter and brioche on August 20, 2014 12:43 am

love making smoothies in the morning for breakfast, i definitely will be recreating this recipe!
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Renata on August 20, 2014 7:25 am

Water is my main recovery for both a workout and night out as hydration is very important!

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ali on August 20, 2014 7:26 am

never tried skoop….. but i love a good smoothie for recovery :)

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Amy Lauren on August 20, 2014 9:10 am

I like to recover with a protein smoothie and would love to try this.
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joy on August 20, 2014 10:13 am

smoothies are my fave refreshers

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Ray on August 20, 2014 10:59 am

I make a strawberry banana protein smoothie and hydrate with water too to recover from training. Thanks!

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Paige c on August 20, 2014 1:36 pm

I make sure to refuel well after workouts and ice bath if it is a really hard one!

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Arena Thompson on August 20, 2014 2:42 pm

usually chocolate milk :)

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Jordan on August 20, 2014 10:28 pm

Usually a salad with lean protein and a side of whole grains. Sometimes I will make a protein “frosting” with powdered peanut butter, protein powder, and a little almond milk to spread on top of rice cakes or pita bread.

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Rae Hedlund on August 20, 2014 11:04 pm

If I’ve got it, I love recovering with coconut water or protein powder :)

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Georgiana on August 21, 2014 1:55 pm

Water is how I rehydrate best!

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Nela on August 21, 2014 8:02 pm

Eating my breakfast.
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Ellie on August 22, 2014 4:04 pm

I drink a lot of water and have some coffee and eat a good breakfast with some protein

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Cathy on August 23, 2014 3:28 pm

This smoothie looks great! Thanks for linking up with us at Wined Down Wednesday! :-)

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ellen casper on August 24, 2014 8:51 am

I always make a berry protein shake after workouts

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Kristen on August 24, 2014 11:36 am

I like to recover from a hard workout with some protein banana softserve.
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Jennifer on August 25, 2014 8:47 pm

I love a good smoothie!
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[…] Drink a protein shake within 30 minutes of finishing your run Sometimes, especially after races, I stupidly don’t drink a protein shake or eat a protein heavy snack or meal pretty quickly after I’m done running. The next day I am SORE.My go-to shake is a scoop of Vega Sport Performance Protein (either chocolate, mocha or vanilla – all delicious!) in a mixture of almond milk and coconut water. I use the coconut water for electrolytes and extra hydration. Sometimes I’ll put in a scoop of green powder (I love Skoop’s A Game) as well. This protein shake is basically the reason I do long runs and track workouts – so I have an excuse to drink it.Alternatively, make a recovery smoothie like my Chocolate Cherry Recovery Smoothie. […]

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