I wanted to do a quick post on milk. Yes, milk, something that your parents probably made you drink when you were a kid but now you only put in your morning coffee.
Well did you know that milk is probably one of the healthiest and most effective post-workout recovery drinks out there? Put down that fruit smoothie and toss that protein bar! A recent study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal showed that drinking milk before you go to sleep can help your muscles recover faster from a workout.  While the study was small, it suggested that drinking milk post workout increased muscle growth and repair while you’re sleeping.
Chocolate milk is also a great milk-based post-workout recovery drink. I went surfing around the internet and learned that chocolate milk apparently has the best carbohydrate-protein balance as far as workout drinks go- even compared to fluid replacement drinks like Gatorade.  Be careful with chocolate milk though- check the back of the carton for (1) serving size and (2) carbohydrates coming from sugar (excluding fiber). Especially if you’re diabetic you want to be careful that you choose a chocolate milk that doesn’t use too much sugar and/or tailor your servings to meet your needs.
So skip the expensive meal replacement shakes and protein snacks- milk is a cheap, accessible and effective alternative! Try skim if you’re really watching your cals!
Happy clean eating!
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