I have been lacking on my posts with food and to document my fitness journey! I am back in the kitchen creating some goodies and also am changing up my workouts to bring you more of that!
I’m going to start a new weekly post called:
So this week I am going to focus on the benefits of drinking chocolate milk AFTER a hard workout! Hey you gotta work for your chocolate right?
I never thought about this before but I am usually thirsty for something other than water and usually will eat a mini meal of protein, carbs and some fat….
In doing some research, I have found that chocolate milk provides your body with what it needs to recover. “It has double the carbohydrates and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids lost as sweat, preventing dehydration. Plus it packs a nutritional bonus of calcium, and includes just a little sodium and sugar — additives that help recovering athletes retain water and regain energy. (Web MD)
So who is chocolate milk for?
A drink like chocolate milk is most useful to a cyclist, swimmer, or long-distance runner. These sports stress high endurance levels and constant, sustained movement. Competing athletes need high levels of calories, carbs, and protein to sustain that level of performance. (Web MD)
With all that being said, if it’s a cardio day- I’d say skip the milk. It you are lifting heavy or doing circuits and really pushing yourself, indulge in some milk, but don’t go overboard! The point is to refuel and repair your muscles!!