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What’s the best after-workout drink?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., June 4, 2010 - 11:36am

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Brierley asks: What helps you recover from a work out?


I think that sports drinks and chocolate milk both have their place in a workout regimen. I know if I go for a long run, adding a little sports drink to my water really helps with my energy level and keeps me from feeling dehydrated versus when I just consume water. Of course sports drinks aren't necessary unless you are going for an extended period of time. (I think I've seen some studies that say more than an hour?) Chocolate milk is good for recovery, as stated above - a different purpose than a sugary sports drink.
Just my thoughts!


06/04/2010 - 11:55am

Coconut Water. Full of electrolytes, and mimics human plasma.


06/05/2010 - 7:54pm

Whey protein has been long considered a great protein source for muscle builders. Does the chocolate enhance or contribute to the effects? What about chocolate soy milk?


06/10/2010 - 5:32pm

chocolate milk is yummy in my tummy


04/15/2012 - 2:30pm

Drinking milk beverages after exercise is one of the worse things you can do...this website is just an advertisement for the dairy industry.


06/11/2012 - 6:59am

I trust nonfat chocolate milk (sugarfree) i get the hersheys cocoa, just fabulous!


08/01/2012 - 8:30pm

Great tip thanks


02/15/2013 - 12:42am

Totally was not expecting this for an answer. Thanks for the info!!!


04/29/2013 - 4:58pm

What if you are lactose intolerant can you drink almond milk, etc?


06/30/2013 - 9:38am

Hi, is it the milks protein, or the chocolate that is the key ingredient here?
I have cows milk intolerance, so i do not eat dairy. Their are soya chocolate drink alternatives. If i drink these, will it have the same effect on my after workout muscle repair do you think?
Cheers John


08/14/2013 - 8:35pm

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