After a workout, I enjoy an ice-cold smoothie.
It’s the perfect energy drink; the fruit provides natural sugar which replaces lost glycogen, and the milk’s protein helps rebuild muscle.
Last week, a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism confirmed this, showing that drinking milk immediately post-workout helps preserve muscle mass better than water or sports drinks.
As you know, when you work out, you break down muscle (We call this exercise-induced muscle damage or EIMD). By drinking skim milk (or chocolate milk), less muscle is lost, and recovery is expedited.
So, it’s no wonder Michael Phelps was frequently seen enjoying chocolate milk during the Olympics last month. Just imagine what milk might do for you …
Here’s a recipe to get you started. Cheers!
1/2 ripe medium banana
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup skim or soy milk
1/2 cup of crushed ice
Drizzle of honey, if desired
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until creamy.