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How to Make a Chocolate Protein Shake

How to Make a Chocolate Protein Shake
Protein shakes are especially useful for post-workout recovery. Photo Credit: HandmadePictures/iStock/Getty Images

Protein shakes fit the bill when you need an energy boost after a workout, or are simply trying to modify a traditional milkshake. To make the healthy shake especially tempting, make it a chocolate one. If you prefer unsweetened cocoa to chocolate protein powder, it helps to add a bit of nut butter to up the protein content. Of course, even if you do use protein powder, the nut butter is a tasty and nutritious addition. A banana adds creaminess, and -- if you freeze it beforehand -- better approximates the ice cream used in traditional shakes.

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Step 1

Peel and slice a banana into chunks, and place it in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Step 2

Wash, dry and chop kale or spinach leaves, if using.

Step 3

Pour in about 1 cup of milk into the blender for every serving you're making.

Step 4

Put in one generous spoonful each of nut butter and either protein powder or cocoa powder for every serving.

Step 5

Toss in a handful of spinach or kale and a spoonful of chia seeds, if using. Multiply this amount if making more than one serving.

Step 6

Cover the blender and pulse the ingredients until they are combined and the liquid becomes shake-like. Add a scoop of ice if the blend isn't as thick as you prefer, then pulse again.

Step 7

Pour the mixture into one or more glasses and serve.

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