Refuel with dairy! Sports nutrition and milk

You’ve just pounded out a 20-minute tabata session, and you’re exhausted. It’s time to refuel. Water is essential, but your body also needs protein and carbohydrates for adequate recovery from exercise. Sports teams from across the nation look to milk as an effective way to replace the fuel stores in the muscles and rebuild muscle!

RefuelwithmilkRefuel with milk post exercise! Milk replaces fluid post exercise, reduces muscle damage which can help for the next workout and can improve body composition over time and in-creases the body’s ability to create new muscle.

Milk has carbohydrates to help refuel the body; protein to help reduce muscle breakdown and stimulate growth; and fluid and electrolytes to aid in rehydration.
Research shows that milk can be as effective as some sports drinks for post workouts to help rehydrate, refuel and recover.
Enjoy a chocolate, vanilla or strawberry flavored low-fat milk after exercise.
Enjoy a post workout smoothie with fruit and ice to re-fuel with healthy nutrition.
Add some low-fat milk to granola as a post workout snack.

For more nutrition facts visit the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center’s website as well as the College of Health and Human Sciences Pinterest board.

CSU University Communications Staff