Looking for an excuse to add more chocolate into your New Year's resolution? We've got the ultimate way!
Research shows that chocolate milk is "optimal for exercise recovery" and that athletes could push longer and harder when drinking chocolate milk over other popular sports drinks. As it turns out, this powerful beverage has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates and protein to stimulate muscle protein repair and growth. It's also full of glucose, water, and electrolytes, which is great for rehydrating after a grueling WOD or an endurance run.
And don't undermine the importance of what and how much you eat after a butt-kicking workout: the right nutrients can help your body repair faster, give you the energy you need to not crash when you leave the gym, and stimulate the growth of new muscle (hello, toned triceps!).
Milk is a nutritional powerhouse, providing not just one, but nine essential nutrients. And just like a car needs gas, our bodies need glucose (a.k.a fuel) to help keep us running. Glucose courses through our blood and is stored in our muscles, so our cells have available energy to maintain basic life functions, like the power to walk, jump, and run. And where does this glucose come from? You guessed itfood!
Chelsea Moore, RDN, CD, says chocolate milk builds and maintains bone and muscle directly after a workout while giving you the energy you need for your next sweat session. As the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Experience Momentum, Moore recommends a glass of chocolate milk to her athletes and clients for fat-burning and muscle-building benefits. Within 30 minutes to an hour of finishing your workout, aim for chocolate milk that provides a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein for maximum benefits.
Recover, refuel, and wear that milk mustache with pride!
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