Dairy is a great food group for athletes, packed with natural nutrition for everyday fuel and post-workout recovery.
Two dairy foods in particular are ideal for athletic nutrition:
Chocolate milk provides what many consider the “golden ratio” of carbohydrates to protein (3 to 4 grams of carbohydrate for every 1 gram of protein) necessary for optimal recovery.
- Rehydrate: Milk is 90 percent water to rehydrate the body. Nature’s sports drink also has the electrolytes you need after breaking a sweat during your exercise routine.
- Repair: Dairy offers high-quality protein to aid in muscle recovery and repair. Just one serving of milk post-exercise may help reduce muscle damage and improve muscle recovery – which in turn may help the body perform better during its next workout.
- Replenish: When you exercise, you use energy in the form of stored carbohydrates called glucose. If you don’t put more carbs back into the muscle after prolonged exercise, you might not have the energy to push harder during your next workout. The small amount of added sugar in chocolate milk achieves the perfect carbs-to-protein ratio to accomplish this.
Plus, chocolate milk has high-quality protein, calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, potassium to ward off muscle cramping and B vitamins to help convert food to energy. Nature’s sports drink is ready to go in many convenient, single-serving size options at your local grocery or convenience store.
Whey is one of the types of protein found in dairy – the white liquid in your cottage cheese or on top of your yogurt. You can also buy it in a handy powder to add to shakes and smoothies. Emerging research indicates whey protein plays an important role in improving body composition and managing a healthy weight.