Joel Stager has recently become my new hero. His latest research in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism lists CHOCOLATE MILK as the ultimate post-workout recovery drink. It claims chocolate milk provides the carbs and protein your body needs to heal after a tough workout session.
While I admit there are not many days that I will work out to the same level the athletes he studied work at, it is just very pleasing to know that the humble chocolate milk is not just a super decadent treat, or a long lost childhood memory.
As a word of caution though, do check the ingredient list and nutritional information on the chocolate milk you are gulping; it still can pack a caloric punch. I find myself partial to Horizon Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk in a Tetra Pak, which I believe is also sold under the Kirkland label at Costco.