BLOG: After a long winter, we are due for a season full of outdoor activities and fun in the sun! Wholesome nutrition is a critical to maintaining an active lifestyle at any age. Above all else, food is the fuel you need to reach your exercise goals! However, when it comes to recovery AFTER exercise, when you eat is just as important as what you eat!
Recommendations advise refueling your body within thirty minutes of physical activity. And to prevent achy muscles, nutrition should come from both carbohydrate and protein sources. Carbohydrate is required to replenish energy stores that are used up during exercise, while protein is needed to repair and build new muscle.
Fortunately, Stewart’s makes fueling your body simple. Did you know that the perfect recovery drink is located in the cooler of every neighborhood shop? That’s right! Due to the ratio of protein and carbohydrate, chocolate milk has been recognized as one of the most effective recovery foods for recreational sports. In fact, studies have shown that athletes who drank chocolate milk after exercise, had shorter recovery time, increased endurance, and greater muscle function. Chocolate milk has also been shown to improve rehydration through its natural electrolyte content, including potassium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium.
Stewart’s chocolate milk is made from their own low-fat milk. They actually say they MOO for You (Make Our Own). Because every carton comes from local farms, the milk found in your local shop has more protein, calcium, and magnesium than most other brands. The Stewart’s freshness also allows milk to preserve valuable electrolytes needed for hydration.
So after a hard workout or game, let Stewart’s take care of the recovery process. Every store is stocked with cold low-fat chocolate milk. And because timing is just as important as what you eat, Stewart’s is a quick and easy stop to refuel your tank!
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.