Looks Past Sports Drinks
True, those sweetened sports drinks have simple carbs, which are easily absorbed as post-workout fuel. But unless your fitness routine is crazy intense and in the heat, you probably don't need the extra electrolytes that are the selling point for many sports beverages, says Keating. Better options? Water gives you simple, effective hydration. And a recent study touted the benefits of antioxidant-rich tart cherry juice. And though the research is preliminary, chocolate milk can work too. It has the right mix of protein and sugar, says Ballantyne, kick-starting muscle regrowth.