Chocolate Milk Recovery Drink

Nutrition and training experts agree that a quality recovery drink should have the following 4 components:

  1. Carbohydrates for refueling
  2. Protein to repair and rebuild muscles – preferably a ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 carbohydrates to protein
  3. Fluids for re-hydration
  4. Electrolytes

Chocolate Milk has all the above components plus essential vitamins and nutrients.

Chocolate MilkThe nutrition facts label shows these amounts per 8oz serving.  The low-fat chocolate milk available near you may have slightly different nutrition facts.

The main reason low-fat chocolate milk is my recovery drink of choice is that it tastes great and that it’s much less expensive than other recovery drinks (about 50 cents for a 16oz serving). In addition, low-fat chocolate milk is available almost anywhere. After a cycling training session I always end with 16oz of low-fat chocolate milk for recovery.

Here are a few of the many scientific studies that show the benefits of chocolate milk as a recovery drink:

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