Looking for an easy way to recover completely after an intense workout or game? Make sure to fuel your body right.
Your recovery meal or snack should have just the right mix of carbohydrate and protein. This is easily attainable with a smoothie or shake, but not everyone has a smoothie bar around the corner or a blender in their backpack.
Fortunately, you don't need a fancy drink to meet your nutritional needs. A simple and economical option is low-fat chocolate milk.
Your body absorbs animal protein most efficiently. And milk contains all of the essential amino acids needed to facilitate protein synthesis, reduce muscle breakdown and promote muscle growth. Its natural protein works with the carbs to restore glycogen, essential for muscle function. Chocolate milk, which has more carbs than plain milk, provides just the right ratio of carbohydrates to protein (about 3-4:1).
Milk is also renowned for having lots of calcium and vitamin D, both needed to keep bones strong. Another bonus is vitamin B, which helps keep your energy levels up. And don't forget electrolytes—imperative for re-hydrating. Milk contains sodium, potassium and magnesium, among other elements.
So next time you finish an intense workout or a tough game, try a cool glass of low-fat chocolate milk.
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