Replenish Tired Muscles with Chocolate Milk

In honor of the post-Winter Olympics:

Downing chocolate milk after a tough workout can help replenish exhausted muscles and significantly aid exercise recovery, new research shows.

Post-Workout Drinks

When it’s time to choose a liquid chug after a long, tough workout, there’s a slew of options out there. Water? Gatorade, POWERade, or All Sport? Endurox R4? Physiologist Joel Stager, director of the Human Performance laboratory at IndianaUniversity, has even one more potential workout recovery drink to add to the list: chocolate milk. His latest study, published in this month’s International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, names this kids’ favorite an optimal post-exercise recovery aid.

Before your stomach recoils, take a look at chocolate milk’s ingredient list. For a high-endurance athlete, Stager’s team sees it as a catch-all workout recovery drink. Compared to plain milk, water, or most sports drinks, it has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids lost as sweat, preventing dehydration. Plus it packs a nutritional bonus of calcium, and includes just a little sodium and sugar — additives that help recovering athletes retain water and regain energy.

Drinking plain water after exercise replaces sweat losses — and that’s it. “Chocolate milk provides carbohydrate replenishment to your muscles — something they can metabolize,” said Jason Karp, MS, another researcher for this study. “There’s nothing to metabolize in water.”

Stager’s assessment of chocolate milk is even simpler. “It’s water plus a whole lot more,” he said.

(Reprinted from Fitness Magazine)

So, here’s what Stam says you need to make your own chocolate syrup for milk

MOOOOVE over,  Quik!

Stam Chocolate Syrup for milk

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups hot water
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups Chocolaterie Stam Baking Cocoa
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons light corn syrup *

Equipment:

Sauce pan

Whisk

Squeeze bottles
Directions

In a small pot bring water and sugar to a boil and whisk in cocoa, vanilla, salt, and corn syrup. Whisk until all of the solids have dissolved.  Continuous stirring sauce until slightly thickened.  Strain and cool to room temperature. Pour into squeeze bottles. Squeeze into cold milk and stir for delicious chocolate milk or serve on your favorite ice cream.  Store under refrigeration for about 2 weeks.  And, hey, it’s fat free!

*May substitute brown rice syrup for the light corn syrup, for a little healthier version

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