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3 Power-Packed Milkshakes to Boost Recovery

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Recovery Milkshake

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Let's face it: Athletes need to indulge every now and then. The trick is to whip up a snack that tastes like a treat but still fuels your performance, and I've found three recipes that do just that. Here are some healthy indulgences that will satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your performance.

Recovery Shakes

1. Caramel Apple Shake

This shake swaps ice cream for Greek yogurt, which gives it a thicker consistency and twice the amount of protein and probiotics. Tasty immune-boosting pecans and a handful of caramel candy add that sweet and salty flavor that so many of us crave, and a quick scoop of chocolate protein powder tops it off.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup of Werther's caramels
  • 6 ounces of Greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/4 cup of raw pecans

Nutritional Information*

  • Calories: 654.19
  • Fat: 23.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 72.97 g
  • Protein: 40.87 g

*Per 14-ounce serving

2. Chocolate Peppermint Shake

This healthy treat contains a hefty amount of protein to build muscles. It's also full of peppermint, which has been shown to reduce muscle soreness.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup of peppermint candies
  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 4 scoops of slow-churned or reduced-fat mint ice cream

Nutritional Information*

  • Calories: 540.56
  • Fat: 9.18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 81.02 g
  • Protein: 42.04 g

*Per 14-ounce serving

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3. Cinnamon Swirl Shake

Cinnamon decreases inflammation and boosts the immune system, and walnuts add extra protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids to aid muscle recovery.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of 2% milk
  • 6 ounces of Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts

Nutritional Information*

  • Calories: 447.22
  • Fat: 19.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.75 g
  • Sugar: 21.22 g
  • Protein: 42.68 g

*Per 14-ounce serving

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