Nothing that tastes good is good for you, right? Not anymore, thanks to a study recently published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. According to,“Lowfat chocolate milk contains the right mix of carbs and protein to refuel muscles after a tough workout. It helps restore muscles quickly and to their peak potential to help you perform your best.”
Girl Enjoying Chocolate Milk
This is good news, not only for moms who workout but also for kids who play sports, especially those who go to summer sports camps where they may be participating in more than one session or kids who compete in tournaments. “Some studies suggest drinking lowfat chocolate milk after a strenuous workout could help athletes boost power and even improve training times in their next bout of exercise, compared to when they drink a carbohydrate sports drink.” (photo credit here)
In addition to performance and recovery, studies are also showing that chocolate milk may rehydrate you better than commercial sports drinks like Gatorade. “Chocolate milk is a natural when it comes to electrolytes, providing some of the same electrolytes that are added to commercial recovery drinks (calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium) along with fluids to help you rehydrate.”
Glass of Chocolate Milk with Two Straws

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Still skeptical? Here is a list of chocolate milk’s “liquid assets”:
  • A natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle.
  • The right carb-to-protein ratio scientifically shown to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles.
  • Vitamin A to support a healthy immune system and good vision.
  • Electrolytes including calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium to help replenish what’s lost in sweat.
  • B vitamins for energy.
  • Fluids to rehydrate.
  • Calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, protein and potassium to build and maintain strong bones and reduce the risk for stress fractures.

Now that you have the skinny on the benefits of chocolate milk, give it a try after your next workout. Drink 8 ounces of lowfat chocolate milk 20 minutes to 2 hours after your workout and let us know what you think!