I get asked a lot about post workout drinks. My answer is always chocolate milk. Chocolate milk is more effective at promoting post workout recovery more than most sports drinks. Chocolate milk, according to the American College of Sports Medicine studies, replenishes muscle glycogen levels and speeds muscle protein repair. Milk’s mix of high-quality protein and carbohydrates can help refuel exhausted muscles. The protein in milk helps build lean muscle and recent research suggests it may reduce exercise-induced muscle damage. Chocolate milk’s high water content helps to replace fluids lost through sweating, as well as the water-retaining properties of the sodium and sugar it contains. Cow’s milk is comprised of roughly 80% casein protein and 20% whey protein. Tired muscles readily use up the amino acids in whey protein while the casein protein is digested more slowly and remains available to your muscles for hours after your workout. Chocolate milk also has some very practical benefits if you are budget conscious and/or don’t have much time to shop around, as it is much less expensive than most types of sports drinks and you can always find them at any store or convenience store! Low fat chocolate milk has 170 calories per 8-oz, with 24 gm of carbs, 8 gm of protein and 8 gm of fat. It is a SIGNIFICANT source of calcium as 8 oz delivers 30% of your RDA! It also has 25% of your RDA of Vitamin D, 10% of your Vitamin A and 4% RDA of iron and Vitamin C! Now this is fabulous, but I’ve also been asked what you should drink if you are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk or vegetarian, or just plain don’t like milk? In this case, other sports drinks or even plain water will also help you rehydrate and let your body regain strength.There are many vitamin enriched water additives and protein recovery drinks available, just be sure to read those labels and find the one that suits you. Also to note, if you are diabetic or watching your weight, the sugar and carb levels may be too high, so be sure you check with your doctor or nutritionist. Otherwise, drink chocolate milk! It really does do a body good!