Good morning my friends!
First of all let me start off by saying THANK YOU for your awesome emails about my post from Tuesday. I have gotten some great responses in regards to it, thanks for the love!
And now The Good Stuff.
Not just a kids beverage..it is actually a hidden gem for your recovery. Chances are, you have milk and chocolate syrup in your fridge already (I have a seven year old who loves it) And if you don’t have those items-basically any convenience store/grocery store/farm will carry it.
Why you should use chocolate milk as a recovery beverage
Everybody knows how hard marathon training can be: It’s time consuming, hard on your body, and let’s face it : exhausting . There are nights where I am on auto pilot trying to do All The Things that Grownups do: With only one eye open I will drag my tired body around until I fall into bed at night. Sound familiar??. After I workout, I have been known to forget to eat right after-and instead will go about my day, business as usual, until I find myself dragggging along. And then it dawns on me that I forgot to eat. Ooops . WARNING WARNING: this is NOT good for your body! You need nutrients following a workout! Without proper nutrition following a run, our bodies begin to break down. This breakdown can lead to setbacks in your training because you are constantly fatiguing yourself without replenishing your nutrients. Intense training, like for a marathon, requires recovery.
One thing I make sure I do now after every run is have a recovery beverage. Chocolate milk is my go to drink. And wine…but somehow I don’t think the pro’s consider that a recovery bevy of choice 😉 .
“Consuming carbohydrates within 30 to 60 minutes following exercise is critical for restoring glycogen. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, consuming between 1 and 1.5 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight per hour (about 2 to 3 grams of carbohydrates per pound of body weight) for the next few hours after exercise is vital for recovery. So, a 70 kg (154 pound) athlete would need 70 to 105 grams of carbohydrate per hour for the first couple of hours after exercise.” (Source)
Translation:After a workout, you need to eat something. And you need to eat it NOW.
Chocolate milk is not only rich with nutrients, and DELICOUS, but a glass of low-fat chocolate milk offers a higher carb to protein ratio than Gatorade, another popular recovery beverage. <em #Winning.
Of course there are other options besides chocolate milk-like a smoothie with the right blend of protein and carbs, and of course, the popular sports recovery drinks-but I like CM the best.
Not only is it easy to find, but it’s cheap. My absolute favorite Chocolate Milk comes from Shaw Farms in Dracut MA.
I buy the lowfat “Lighten Up” version because it’s lower in calories yet still delicious. I love that my recovery beverage is made locally and doesn’t have added chemicals in it. Just Milk. And Chocolate. It makes me feel extra good because I’m supporting a local business along with taking care of my body.
Anybody else swear by Chocolate milk?
What’s your favorite recovery beverage?
RUN FREE, RUN STRONG!