Chocolate Milk

.....Whats the deal?

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21/06/2012 at 20:07
I have heard chocolate milk mentioned on numerous occasions over the past few weeks as a recovery drink. Does the chocolate add anything to drinking normal milk (not a big chocolate fan so would prefer just the milk.....but it may be the chocolate part that provides the recovery properties....I dunno!) And are there any particular brands that people use that aren't full of rubbish?
21/06/2012 at 20:30
The chocolate is just for the carbs,sugars.
21/06/2012 at 20:35
I alternate between Frijj and Nesquick.... The Frijj is ready made, the Nesquick I make myself from powder....

If I'm honest, I have no idea if it actually works, but seeing as how I'm increasing my mileage and training for a marathon, I figured it was worth a go. It also tastes nice
21/06/2012 at 20:36
I also alternate with the Frijj strawberry and vanilla flavours....
21/06/2012 at 20:43

The theory is that it has the right balance of carbs, protein and liquid to make it the ideal recovery drink, and it's easy to get down your neck if you don't feel like solid food. I don't think the chocolate-ness is crucial - as Madlot says, it's the added carbs that make it better than plain milk, so I guess other flavoured milk would probably do the trick. I'm a fan of Nesquik myself (because I'm a cheapskate) and I use the chocolate one because there's less in the way of flavouring and colouring (just cocoa powder) than the others.

21/06/2012 at 20:45
Ok, thanks for the info! I feel like I'm likely to drown trying to drink friji but I love strawberry nesquick. Might try some chocolate too if there is slightly less crap in it!
21/06/2012 at 20:47
.....I do have regular cocoa powder in the cupboard though, would that work or does that contain different amounts of carbs etc to nesquick?
21/06/2012 at 20:58

Cocoa powder doesn't dissolve in cold milk though, does it??

It goes very well in hot milk though.  This is what you want to start the day - chocolate porridge.


21/06/2012 at 21:00
I crave chocolate milk after a long run! Any excuse.
21/06/2012 at 21:01
That looks like......erm.......well......chocolate porridge!

how do you make it?
Edited: 21/06/2012 at 21:05
21/06/2012 at 21:06

Oats + milk + hot chocolate powder + brown sugar + salt.  It's addictive though. I haven't had normal porridge for months.

21/06/2012 at 21:16
Sounds delicious, and I'm not even that keen on chocolate! I guess you could make it in the microwave? (im thinking for making it at work....)
21/06/2012 at 21:23

I don't like any kind of milk shake, but I loooove hot chocolate - so that's what I have after a run (any excuse!)

21/06/2012 at 22:50

It's just magic.  I got for Frijj or home made Nesquik choc milk after my long run, or if I'm feeling virtuous a home made smoothie with bananas and berries.  Just the perfect recovery drink. I don't know why.  I would strongly counsel against the Frijj chocolate brownie milkshake, which I bought by mistake a few weeks ago and is the work of the devil

22/06/2012 at 10:07

I have poor mans slimfast. Asda's own brand after a run. Its packed full of protein and carbs etc Works for me and for 4£ a week much cheaper than alternatives Plus mixed with milk is pretty pleasant (Choc is not sure bout rest)

22/06/2012 at 10:13
Pretty unanimous on brand then!

I'm presuming the kind of milk matters too.... Skimmed, semi, full fat?
22/06/2012 at 10:48

Every single morning I have porridge -

Porridge Oats / Almond Milk & 1 tsp NUTELLA.

Its so yummy.

After a long run I  a cold choc Yazoo

22/06/2012 at 11:19
PhilPub wrote (see)

Cocoa powder doesn't dissolve in cold milk though, does it??

It goes very well in hot milk though.  This is what you want to start the day - chocolate porridge.


I thought that was a bowl of minced beef 

Semi-skimmed milk with any flavour milkshake powder added will work. As would making a smoothie with milk and fruit. You want around 50-75g of carbohydrates in the 30-45 minutes post-exercise (ideally), and adding protein increases muscle glycogen re-synthesis and also stimulates muscle repair and adaptations. A ratio of around 4 to 1 carbs to protein (so 12-18g protein to go along with the 50-75g of carbs). 

Having it in fluid form also helps to rehydrate - if you can manage solids/prefer them, then just eat a carb/protein snack, but make sure you have a drink along with it. And ideally have it as soon as you can after training/competition for optimum benefit

22/06/2012 at 11:22
sarah the bookworm wrote (see)
And ideally have it as soon as you can after training/competition for optimum benefit

I find a good exercise for practising balance control is a quad stretch straight after a run, using one hand to press your heel towards your glute and the other to eat a banana.

22/06/2012 at 11:45

Do you peel the banana before or after starting the stretch? 

There was a guy in the gym yesterday - he was spinning round and round for about a minute with his eyes shut, then he stopped and dropped straight into a squat. Very strange. 

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