Drink Your Chocolate Milk - (Stacia Naquin)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

Forget those fancy protein drinks. Grab a glass of chocolate milk after your workout and drink up! A new study shows it's the perfect recovery drink. But there are a few things you need to know...

Milk. You know it does your body good. But if you’re like me, sometimes it tastes a little funny. I like it with my cookies. And I like mixed up with chocolate. But other than that, you won’t catch me with a milk mustache every day.

But that may no longer be the case. I may become a HUGE milk fan, because of a new study I read last week about chocolate milk being the perfect post-workout snack. The study is from the American College of Sports Medicine. So, I wanted to share some of the really interesting parts of the research.
Here’s the deal: after you have a tough workout, you have to replenish everything you’ve lost… preferably something that’s a good mix of carbs AND protein. Experts agree that “the two-hour window after exercise is an inportant, yet often neglected, part of a fitness routine.” I usually reach for a protein bar and a big bottle of water when I leave the gym. But milk may be even better.
According to researchers, “Milk also provides fluids for rehydration and electrolytes, including potassium, calcium and magnesium lost in sweat, that both recreational exercisers and elite athletes need to replace after strenuos activity.”
I would hardly call myself an elite athlete. But the message is still the same. Chocolate milk will do your body good too.
BUT (and there’s always a but, right?), it needs to be a certain kind of chocolate milk… fat-free chocolate milk. Think about it – regular chocolate milk is LOADED with fat. So drinking the regular stuff will undo all the hard work you just completed in your workout. You don’t want that! You’re trying to do right by your body and give it what it needs after it’s just performed all the gym tasks you’ve asked. So grabbing a glass of the fat-free stuff gives you “the right mix of carbs and protein to help refuel exhausted muscles, and the protein in milk helps build lean muscle.”
And according to this study, fat-free chocolate milk will get you ready for your next workout too. Researchers found that “drinking fat-free chocoalte milk after exercise can help the body retain, replenish and rebuild muscle to help your body recover.”
So now I’ll get to drink chocolate milk (yay!), I’ll get more milk in my diet (yay!), I’m giving my body good things from a training perspective (yay!) AND I’ll be preparing myself for the next workout (yay again!) So what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a glass of milk – and cheers to your next sweat session!
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