8. Chocolate milk
The perfect recovery ratio of carbohydrates to protein is 4:1, according to a growing roster of studies. So if you’re out of protein-shake mix, instead of throwing back a sugary sports drink, opt for chocolate milk.
Believe it or not—believe it, actually—your childhood favorite is a powerful recovery option, according to a study from the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Researchers found exercisers are able to retain more than twice the amount of fluid in chocolate milk than in a sports drink after a workout. In short, when it comes to chocolate milk, your body is able to absorb more protein in less volume.Back to top