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SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,418
4/8/13 3:18 P

Not only is the protein in deficit with almond milk you are not getting the necessary fats for replacement. What the research has found milk has the proper balance of proteins carbohydrates and fats all of which are needed for post exercise recovery nutrition.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 4/8/2013 (15:19)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,096)
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4/8/13 1:41 P

Actually, the reason chocolate milk is good isn't about the flavor; it's that adding the syrup adds the right amount of carbs to make the milk an excellent balance of nutrients for post-workout recovery. The flavor is just a nice bonus!

KNESS912 Posts: 33
4/8/13 12:34 P

Great suggestions, guys! Thanks so much!

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4/8/13 12:34 P

The reason Chocolate milk is hailed as a great post workout fuel is because you get the tasty flavor of chocolate but the protein that is in milk.

If almond milk has almost no protein like you said it probably isn't the best choice.

Idk what the flavor would be like, but maybe try adding protein to your almond milk? Not sure how that would taste.

(protein like the powder stuff)

MELANDJER Posts: 1,460
4/8/13 12:23 P

I agree with LEC358 - the protein and sugar/carb combo is what makes it a good post workout fuel. Without the protein it's just sugar on its own.

I would add a protein powder as well or just wait until you can eat. You don't HAVE to eat immediately after a workout. You can wait an hour/90 minutes before that optimal window is lost.

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4/8/13 10:18 A

You do need a bit of protein to jump start the recovery process so if you really don't like dairy milk, maybe adding a bit of protein powder might be the solution for you.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
4/8/13 9:08 A

If you can stomach it, coconut water may be a better bet. I know that it is one of the better hydrators. Not sure about protein though.

KNESS912 Posts: 33
4/8/13 8:08 A

Hey, guys. I know chocolate milk has been hailed as a great post workout fuel, and since I usually feel nauseous after a hard run, a liquid is the only snack I can have. However, I really prefer chocolate almond milk. I know it has almost no protein. So, does that make it a substandard fuel after running? Or are the carbs/sugar/water enough to fuel me up, if I like the taste and texture better?
Thanks! Since I am not lactose intolerant, I can go either way. Just wanted to hear what others thought.

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