Monday, 9 June 2014

Peanut butter post-workout shake

All this week, I'm showcasing milk-based recipes for every occasion. Milk is an essential part of our diet, rich in calcium and contains more than nine other essential nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It's essential for the growth and development of bones and teeth, helps reduce blood pressure and may significantly reduce the risk of certain cancers - and has also been associated with a reduced risk of suffering a heart attack and developing type 2 diabetes.

In fact, it's a bit of a wonder product - and it's also likely that you have plenty in your fridge right now ready to whip up a healthy snack or meal. But my BritMums Live sponsor, a2 Milk, realises that one in five Brits struggle to digest cows' milk, so produces milk naturally rich in only A2 protein. Over the years, A1 protein has become the dominant one in European and UK herds, but unfortunately, A1 protein (which digests differently) has been linked to discomfort after drinking milk. So, a2 Milk can help even more people incorporate this dairy superstar into their diets. 

The post-workout smoothie

Milk is an ideal post-workout drink as it aids muscle recovery and rehydration. Combines 'slow' and 'fast' protein, milk helps to repair muscle and encourage lean body mass gain. It also contains water and electrolytes that replace the fluids lost during exercise (but without any of the empty sugar calories of carefully-marketed 'sports drinks').

1 small banana 
125ml a2 milk
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
140g Greek yoghurt

This couldn't be simpler - place all the ingredients into a jug and blend. But I'll warn you now, this is seriously addictive!!


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