by Matt Kadey, RD, author of Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports and Adventure.


After a crisp late-fall run or a full day of cross-country skiing, you’re not likely to be craving a frosty drink. That’s the beauty of this smoothie: It’s reminiscent of hot chocolate but with the carbs and protein needed for recovery.

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Serves 1

1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup milk powder
1 small banana
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 scoop protein powder of choice
2 teaspoons almond butter or other nut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of chili powder or cayenne powder (optional)

Heat water in a kettle to desired temperature. Place water in a blender along with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Consume immediately or transfer to an insulated drink container to keep warm until after your workout.

In Rocket Fuel, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.