I'm looking for advice on recovery drinks. Muscle Milk seems to be heavily promoted everywhere but wonder if it's a truly good option. What other recovery drinks do people use? I'd appreciate any advice and recommendations. Thanks!
I use Hammer's chocolate-flavored recoverite. Yummy with a capital Y and a quick and easy way to refuel after a long work-out. Lots of people drink normal chocolate milk, but I find it to be too sugary.
I sometimes drink Ensure. They make a recovery version. Otherwise typical I just drink pickle juice after a long hot ride.
Low-fat chocolate milk, unless you're lactose intolerant. Simple and cheap. A glass will give you 3 grams fat, 8 grams protein, 22 grams carb. If too many carbs, cut it with regular. You'll also be getting potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin a, vitamin d, and a sexy milk moustache.
Full disclosure I am a brand ambassador of reGen, but I would definitely recommend it.
It's chocolate and made by Hershey's so it's delicious. It features the 3:1 carb protein ratio for optimal recovery. And the cocoa used is specially produced (non-alkalized) to generate more antioxidant power than two cups of blueberries.
More info here: http://www.regen2recover.com
You can order online or get it at Potomac River Running
I've been training with reGen for 3-4 months now and have set some serious PRs.
I'm a big fan of coconut water. No need to get the expensive stuff at GNC--any decent supermarket with an ethnic food section should have it, or any market that sells Mexican/Thai/Jamaican goods. Some brands have chunks and some don't--I like 'em both. VitaCoco is my current favorite because it's less sweet. Nice and light--not as nutritionally packed as some of the above options, though.
I'm a fan of recovery food first. Real food with pronounceable ingredients.
Next choice is coconut water/juice mixed with recovery protein by Stronger Faster Healthier and crushed ice. I can't say it's helped me set PRs or how great the chocolate tastes (personal preference to Natural flavor).
What I do like is that there's no artificial flavoring, the whey is from free-range, grass-fed cows, and there's minimal sugar.
I also take the fish oil from SFH.
Thanks, everyone, for sharing your awesome insight!
Noone has said "beer" yet? Weak.
Hey Andy - I was at a talk before a marathon and the speaker said that beer had a very important mineral in it - chromium. She just said to make sure you re-fuel with water/electrolytes before you have your Chromium.
Accelerade before & during, recover with Endurox or chocolate milk.
I have tried everything under the sun and Endurox R4 is still my fav. Chocolate mixed with milk, or orange with ice cold water. Yum.
I down one of the little horizon low fat chocolate milk containers right after a workout. It's super tasty and feels like a treat but is actually a perfect mix of what you need.