Caffeine is a powerful pre-workout tool. Used in moderation, a cup of coffee, or better yet, a chocolatey coffee smoothie, may increase the duration of your workout.
If you’re sensitive to caffeine, use herbal coffee substitute or loose-leaf Earl Grey tea instead of coffee.
1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened plain almond milk, plus more to thin
1 banana, peeled, halved and frozen
2 tsp (10 mL) chia seeds
2 Tbsp (30 mL) chocolate protein powder or natural peanut butter
1 Tbsp (15 mL) cocoa powder
1 Tbsp (15 mL) honey or maple syrup
1 tsp (5 mL) ground coffee beans
1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cardamom
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) ground dried ginger
2 ice cubes
1/2 tsp (2 mL) whole coffee beans (optional)
Add all ingredients except whole coffee beans in order listed to high-speed blender. Blend until smooth, thinning with additional almond milk as needed. Pour smoothie into glass and garnish with whole coffee beans, if using. Serve.