Chocolate milk as your recovery beverage and guess what? I guest posted!

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!

Second, I first posted today on one of my favorite bloggers sites, Runner Girl Eats . The post is about training even when training is TOUGH. Check it out here!

And now The Good Stuff.

Chocolate Milk
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.

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(Note the protein to carbs ratio for the two)

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.

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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!

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17 thoughts on “Chocolate milk as your recovery beverage and guess what? I guest posted!

  1. I haven’t bought the Shaw Farm chocolate milk yet- I’ll add it to the grocery list 🙂 I am also TERRIBLE at eating well after long runs… sometimes I am just not hungry! So terrible! Other days I am starved and eat a ton of eggs and hot sauce. LOL.

    • I love eggs and hot sauce!!!!:) well actually anything with hot sauce!

      You will love it if you love chocolate milk. My BIL works for shaw farm and he told me last week that they deliver to whole foods in Andover, too:)

  2. I’ve heard chocolate milk is a great post work-out treat! I can’t do lactose but almond milk might work….I have the same bad habit of not eating right after a work-out so I’ll have to give it a try.

  3. Milk doesn’t sound appealing to me after working out, especially running, but I love chocolate milk at other times. I make it myself with skim milk, natural unsweetened cacao powder, and brown sugar.

  4. Yes! I love chocolate milk after a long workout! It’s something that I’ve always craved while running or x-c skiing even before I knew of the benefits…so I’m glad that worked out 🙂 I also read the labels to avoid high-fructose-corn syrup if I can’t find my local brand. Great post!

    • Thanks! I read the labels too-that’s one of the reasons I like to buy local. I know how they make their stuff and respect their business’s work!
      Isn’t it funny how your body just craves stuff while you are exercising?

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