“My After” Smoothie

The “My After” chocolate milk campaign, by The National Milk Processor Promotion Board, claims that chocolate milk contains the right mix of protein and carbs scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles and help return to peak potential. And that it provides fluids and electrolytes (calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium) to rehydrate and help replenish critical nutrients lost in sweat.

What they don’t tell you is how much sugar and additives are in most chocolate milk brands.

The solution? Make your own using whole, nutrient-dense foods. In this recipe I use:

Raw cacao powderrich in antioxidants, which lower free radicals, which are chemicals that can alter or damage the body

Almond milk  – lower in fat, higher in carbohydrates and calcium than dairy milk

Tart cherries –  contain anthocyanins which delivers substantial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity

Medjool dates – contain flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic properties