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Chocolate Milk Post Workout?

Nothing beats a tall glass of ice cold water chocolate milk after a long workout. Sounds too good to be true and makes me want to watch The Jetsons, but chocolate milk could be the post exercise "recovery" drink you've been searching for.

After years of promoting carbo loading before exercise, research shows that the body needs and can process carbs post-workout more efficiently. For 30 to 45 minutes post workout, the human body is primed to replenish the lost fuel because your muscles are more responsive to insulin. The insulin helps muscles pull glucose, made from carbs, out of the bloodstream and into the muscle. This will provide fuel for the muscles for the next time you head out to workout. Add a little protein to the mix and your muscles can store even more fuel. Protein also helps repair the muscle damage associated with strengthening them. The recommended ratio is 4:1, carbs to protein.

An eight-ounce glass of low fat chocolate milk provides 32 grams of carbs and 11 grams of protein. If you are trying to lose weight, just beware that this simple recovery drink also contains 200 calories. Chocolate milk may not be the ideal post workout food for you; yogurt or a smoothie would work too or anything else that has both protein and carbs. Plus, you really only need to consider downing a recovery drink if you have worked out intensely for at least 60 minutes.


minxa25 minxa25 8 years
I have organic choc every morning
smartspork smartspork 8 years
Non fat milk is only 80 calories a cup and a teaspoon of cocoa powder is 15 calories... this is if you make it yourself.. a very low fat/low cal drink!
picture_perfect picture_perfect 9 years
I've heard this before from someone. I've been having a small glass after a workout every time. It really hits the spot after a run :)
kia kia 9 years
Tasty post-workout idea.
emalove emalove 9 years
I lovvveeee chocolate milk. Woo.
annam89 annam89 9 years
omg i love chocolate milk but its so fattening i only have it for breakfast or as a complete dinner
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
i cannot drink pre-mixed chocolate milk! i love bosco and skim.
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 9 years
Having a post-workout drink/snack is EVEN MORE important, if you are trying to lose weight. If you don't consume anything after working out, your body starts using up muscle for fuel, instead of fat; sure, you'll "lose weight", but you'll also lower your metabolism. Arbitrarily restricting calories for the sake of restricting is ridiculous. The 200 calories in the chocolate milk is not going to make you fat...starving yourself will. Personally, I prefer Surge Workout Recovery for my post-workout drink- all the flavors taste like milkshakes.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
So you are saying that it is ok to induldge in frozen yogurt after a workout!?! Probably not, but I can still dream.
underyourwaves underyourwaves 9 years
Hmm, I may try this with Silk's Chocolate Soy Milk. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I read this before but 200 cals is a little much for me.
The-FBGs The-FBGs 9 years
Maybe I'll try the low-fat chocolate soy milk...any excuse to get some regular (and healthy) chocolate in my diet. :)
soulight soulight 9 years
I heard about a college football team replacing their sports drinks with chocolate milk, and thought that was an interesting move. Now I see why, although if I worked out like they do, I'm not sure I would want something like milk, no matter how cold and delicious it is.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
I usually eat a bagel and a big class of cold 2% chocolate milk after a 10+ mi run!
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
Oops... meant milk, not mile!
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
hkmarks, milk doesn't come in bags in the States, but I usually mix my own too. I actually crave mile after I run!
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
Yum.. great to know! My BF gets this every week at the store, now I'll have to talk him into sharing! Or like silly said above, splurge on choc. soy milk!
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
I love chocolate milk. Usually mix it myself though, instead of getting cartons. (Does milk come in bags in the States?) Chocolate soy milk too.
CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 9 years
Just what I needed, a scientific reason to indulge. Thanks!!!!
sydneyalias sydneyalias 9 years
I used to do this all the time. I'd workout in the evening, cool off, then drink chocolate milk as kind of a snack. I guess I was on to something. Maybe I'll take it up again!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I've heard grape juice is good after a workout too. When I do weights I usually have a protein shake with soy milk after my workout. yum
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