The Power of Milk

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. [1] 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. [2] 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!
CFC

[1] http://blog.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/strengthen-your-muscles-in-your-sleep/?cm_mmc=Newsletter-_-825632-_-02022012-_-Grid1

[2] http://oakbrooksc.com/docs/stager_chocmilk_study.pdf

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About ChicFitChef

My "deserted island" checklist: a BCBG dress, a healthy & diabetic-friendly meal and a few workout DVDs. ;-)
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