Disclosure: I serve on the health professional board for the California Walnut Board and Commission, and they provided me and Adrian with the I Heart Walnuts running shirts you see in this post for this year’s Falmouth Road Race. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this Chocolate Walnut Banana Smoothie post.
Chocolate Walnut Banana Smoothie.
Four simple ingredients (chocolate milk, yogurt, frozen banana and walnuts) thrown into the blender for the perfect post-race (and training run) recovery breakfast of champions. Well, maybe not real champions, but real life race finishers (like us!).
This Chocolate Walnut Banana Smoothie has just the right combination of carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats (including omega-3 fatty acids – ALA – from the walnuts) and electrolytes to replenish your body post-workout. After many longer runs and after the Falmouth Road Race, this is the smoothie we threw into the blender – because it’s quick, satisfying and replenishing. And, it’s creamy, nutty, chocolately and realllly tasty. (The full Chocolate Walnut Banana Smoothie recipe is at the bottom of the post). Never tried walnuts in a smoothie? Give ’em a shot!
Adrian and I ran the famous Falmouth Road Race again this year. We missed last year’s race because it was just a few weeks after Lucca was born. It’s a 7-mile course, mostly along the coastline (from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights) in our hometown. The race is so popular that non-residents enter a lottery to try and snag one of the few numbers. It’s a great race and one of the highlights of the summer months on the Cape for both residents and vacationers.
Before Lucca, those 7 miles of the course would have been a short, easy race for us. But nowadays, 7 miles is pushing it! Five miles with the jogging stroller has really been our limit, and often times walking trumps running. So, this year’s road race was tough. Hot and tough. But fun. One of Lucca’s sweet teachers from his daycare took care of him, while we raced stroller and Lucca-less.
You can’t beat the views from the Falmouth Road Race course (pics below). Even though this is our almost daily running/walking route, the scenery never gets old.Heading to the starting line in Woods Hole. The day was hot – in the mid-80s or so with lots of humidity – typical August weather on the Cape.The first few miles of beautiful coastline. Slow and steady up one of the hills.Can’t beat these views. At this point in the race, that water looked really inviting. No shade for miles. But lots of friendly spectators with hoses to spray the runners as we ran by.Heading towards the finish line. Quite the crowd lining the course!At the British Beer Company, post race, for a cold one before we biked home to our little guy … and this Chocolate Walnut Banana Smoothie.
We love this smoothie for its simplicity. And its replenishing qualities. And, most importantly, its taste. It would also make a great healthy breakfast. To cut back on the sugar for a breakfast smoothie, use regular whole milk vs chocolate milk and add a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder to the blender.
Here’s how to make this Chocolate Walnut Banana Smoothie:
- 1 cup organic whole chocolate milk
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
- ½ cup organic plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 medium frozen banana
- Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting (optional)
- Combine all ingredients (except cocoa) in a blender and blend until smooth. Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder, if desired. Serve immediately. Note: for a frostier smoothie, place yogurt in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to blending.