Fitness buffs rely on extra protein intake to repair their tired bones and muscles after working out, and also to bulk them. Protein drinks and protein shakes are popular post-workout beverages that imbue and replenish energy drained out of the body during strenuous workout. These drinks are made with protein supplements available in powdered form. However, there's a sect of health experts who don't really promote the consumption of these drinks. First, these protein powders are expensive, and secondly, supplements are just that - supplements.
Bangalore-based nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood emphasises on the importance of 'recovery food' as soon as possible after a rigorous workout session. She says, "Our body loses a lot of energy after an exercise session. Having a protein-rich meal or drink within half an hour of the workout can make up for the lost energy.
If you agree with the importance of refuelling the body with proteins and want to avoid the supplement of protein powders, chocolate milk shake could be a great option.
Chocolate milk post workout can be beneficial
Cocoa powder is used to make chocolate milk.
Just bring together cocoa powder, milk and sweetener together and pulse in a blender. Add ice or refrigerate for some time before serving. For one glass of milk, 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder should be enough. You can skip adding sugar or choose alternate sweeteners like honey or palm sugar.
If you are looking for a cost-effective solution and a natural way to replenish and recharge your body after your workout sessions, chocolate milk is a delicious and refreshing drink you can go for.
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