Chocolate Milk as a Recovery Drink?

I have heard a lot of people say that they use chocolate milk as a recovery drink for their P90X , Insanity, or other Beachbody workout. Chocolate milk is not necessarily a terrible thing to use after a workout, but is it the best thing to put in your body after you just completed P90X’s Plyometrics or Insanity’s Max Interval Circut? After the body is put through the stress that these extreme workouts provide it needs fuel to recover. So what do you do?

Chocolate milk does contain protein, and it does contain sugar. Your body needs protein and carbs to replenish itself after a workout so on the surface chocolate milk looks like a good choice. But what is in chocolate milk? Milk and more-than-likely a chocolate flavoring that contains cane sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

Many Beachbody Coaches recommend using Beachbody’s own Results and Recovery Formula or Shakeology to fuel the body after workouts. All of Beachbody’s products contain high-quality ingredients, and Shakeology takes that high-quality to a new level.

Let’s examine how Chocolate milk stacks up to Results and Recovery and Shakeology:

Nutrition Facts Chocolate Milk
Serving Size 1 cup:
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*

Total Fat 2g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 8g 15%

Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 30% Iron 4%
Zinc 8% Thiamin 6%
Riboflavin 25% Niacin 2%
Vitamin B-6 6% Folate 4%
Vitamin B-12 15% Phosphorus 25%
Magnesium 8% Vitamin D 25%

* Percent Daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs

Results and Recovery
:
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 10
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value**
Total Fat 1 g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.5 g 3%
Cholesterol 20 mg 7%
Sodium 150 mg 6%
Potassium 155 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 40 g 13%
Dietary Fiber <1 g <4%
Sugars 26 g †
Protein 10 g 20%
Vitamin A 60% – Riboflavin 30%
Vitamin C 750% – Niacin 30%
Calcium 6% – Vitamin B6 30%
Iron 0% – Vitamin B12 30%
Vitamin E 500% – Phosphorus 9%
Thiamin 30% – Magnesium 60%

Every serving also contains:
L-Arginine 700 mg
L-Glutamine 500 mg
Creatine 500 mg

More about Results and Recovery here:

Results and Recovery Formula at the Team Beachbody Shop

Shakeology of course trumps the two in total nutrition, protein content, super foods, daily value of nutrients, etc.
Nutritional Information: http://myshakeology.com/esuite/home/gleng

Total cost per serving (approximate):
Organic Chocolate milk: about $0.35 to $0.50 (when bought by the carton/half gallon)
Results and Recovery: $1.25 to $1.66 depending on free member, Club Member, or Coach price
Shakeology: $3.00 to $4.00 depending on free member, Club Member, or Coach price.

You get what you pay for. Bottom line – is the extra nutritional value worth it to you? If you’re putting all the effort into your workout is it worth it to put optimal nutrition back in your body, or go the bargain route?

You can still get results doing Insanity or P90X without the Recovery Drink or Shakeology. Results and Recovery, and Shakeology are great tools to help you maximize results.

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