The Most Underrated Workout Drink

A woman at the gym drinking from a purple bottleWith the onslaught of blue, yellow and multicolored sports drinks, many of which contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and artificial colors, there is one nutritious post workout drink that has flown below the radar.

Low-fat chocolate milk.

For years I’ve consumed low-fat chocolate milk to refuel my body after a Body Under Construction Fitness Adventure workout, I prefer it to many sports drinks because it contains:

– Protein – For muscle growth and repair
– Vitamin D – For strong bones
– A solid carb to protein ratio
– Essential fluids and electrolytes including calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium

Drinking plain water after exercise replaces sweat losses — and that’s it. “Chocolate milk provides carbohydrate replenishment to your muscles — something they can metabolize,” says the leading researcher of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In a recent study, chocolate milk’s performance was tested as a workout recovery drink on nine cyclists. In the lab, an number of athletes biked until exhaustion, and then each rested for four hours. During this break, each consumed low-fat chocolate milk, Gatorade, or the high-carbohydrate sports drink Endurox R4. Afterward, they cycled to exhaustion again.