CHOCOLATE AND BANANAS are a classic smoothie combination. And for good reason—it’s a not-too-sweet, yet totally indulgent mix that can satisfy just about anyone’s sweet tooth.

This particular version is perfect for recovery because it includes a scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder, coconut water to help you rehydrate, and tart cherry juice to give your muscles everything they need to repair themselves.

Recipe and photo courtesy Rachael Hartley, R.D., L.D., C.D.E. of Avocado a Day Nutrition.

Prep Time: 3

Cook Time: 0

1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
2 dates, pitted
⅔ cup coconut water
⅓ cup tart cherry juice
¼ teaspoon spirulina
How to make it

Place all ingredients together in a blender, and blend until pureed. Serve immediately.