I’ve always liked chocolate milk -what’s not to like?? It’s cold, smooth, and full of chocolate flavor. But, did you know it’s a great drink for athletes? Stress fractures are a potential injury for runners. One way to prevent them is consuming foods high in calcium, like chocolate milk. Yogurt, cheese, and calcium-fortified products, like cereal and juice, are other sources of calcium. Milk is also a great way to get vitamin D, which is necessary for the body to absorb calcium.
Chocolate milk is also an excellent recovery drink. It has the perfect combination of protein and carbohydrates for recovery after a long run or workout. Protein helps repair damaged muscles and carbohydrates replenish stores that were depleted during your workout. It also replaces fluid lost via sweating. Several studies have shown that chocolate milk improved markers of recovery more than sports drinks. And it tastes so much better!
Several products are available and may come in single serve containers that are convenient for both portability and portion control. Several brands are making low fat versions.
So, listen to your mom and drink your milk!
Next week, nutrition on the course.