The part that really caught my interest was the section by Boston-based sports nutritionist, Nancy Clark. Interestingly enough, she recommends athletes, "get that foundation of carbs with some protein in the form of chocolate milk."
This is not the first time I heard about chocolate milk as a recovery drink. I can’t remember where, but I am certain I read about it, probably in a running or triathlon magazine. I am sure there was a beginner triathlete forum on the subject because I can remember someone making the comment about how one of the popular brand name endurance drinks must be better for you than just plain old chocolate milk.
I purchased some Powerbar Recovery Drink last year, and when I got it home I compared the nutritional information to good ole chocolate milk that we had in the fridge for the kids. What I found was that per serving, it was almost identical. In fact, I later compared the nutritional information from the website of Scotsburn Dairy , the brand I drink, I was surprised to find that the milk had more electrolytes. Almost 1.3 times as much sodium and potassium, and The main advantage that I could see for the Powerbar drink is that it doesn’t require refrigeration, so you can toss it in a gym bag and leave it in your car or locker until you finish your workout. However, it’s probably not a good thing that the drink contains enough chemicals that it has such a long shelf life. There is definitely something unnatural added to make it survive for so long away from the refrigerator.
So in place, on a Saturday, or Sunday after a long bike or run workout, I down a glass of chocolate milk. That tides me over until I can get something substantial into my stomach.
Let me know what you think. What’s everyone’s favourite recovery food?