Freedom Friday: Post-Run Mint Chocolate Recovery Shake

March 21, 2014

Post-run Mint Chocolate Vegan Protein Smoothie

Getting back into running shape is bittersweet for me. Bitter because of the many tough miles I have to put in to get my body into better condition but more so sweet because of the post-run feel-good vibes (and the super sweet post-run recovery shakes I make almost daily…) that compare with nothing else. Running has been my go to cure-all for everything from a headache to a bad mood to a negative attitude for as long as I can remember and it has not failed me once. I try to live by this saying when deciding whether or not to head out on a run: “you will never regret making the choice to fit in a good workout…” Especially when it is followed by this delicious post-run recovery shake! Get running! Happy Trails!

Post-Run Mint Chocolate Recovery Shake

1 sprig mint, chopped very small

1 cup coconut milk (although coconut is a tree nut, many folks with tree-nut allergies are not allergic to coconuts; however, always consult with your allergist before consuming a new food item!)

1 scoop rice protein powder

½ cup ice

1 tsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. agave nectar (or stevia!)

1 banana, chopped

1 pinch ginger powder (reduces inflammation throughout the body)


Lightly blend coconut milk, ice and banana

Add mint sprig and blend until pureed

Add cocoa powder, rice protein powder and ginger powder; blend until smooth

Blend in agave nectar until shake is uniform texture


P.S.—To encourage myself to get my butt out of bed for a run in the morning, I make this the night before and store it in an airtight smoothie shaker in the fridge!

Also in Freedom Friday: The Ultimate Spinach Salad

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Spicy Cool Allergen Free Tacos


Photo: Kate Coffey


Contributing Editor Kate Coffey is the founder of Forever Fascinated Blog, a vegan, the lucky co-parent to Miss Wednesday the Wonder Pup, a French speaking/lover of anything French U.S. Army Wife who is on a mission to spread the good word about living life to its fullest! You can also follow Kate on her Instagram and vegan organic pet treat shop, Wednesday Cafe.


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