What do Serena Williams, Steve Nash, Chauncey Billups, Dwight Howard, Andy Roddick and Laila Ali have in common? Aside from superstar status, all of these athletes have worn the notorious Got Milk? ’stache as part of the California Milk Processor Board’s milk mustache ad campaign. And all of them are clued in on the benefits of drinking milk for peak athletic performance.
Olympian Dara Torres tells epicurious.com that she drinks organic chocolate milk after every workout, stating that milk “really helps my recovery, and it gives me fuel.”
Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark also endorses consuming milk post-training to replenish glycogen stores. Clark even says that drinking some chocolate milk prior to a workout can give the body an energy boost, because it contains simple carbs from the sugar.
For a post-recovery snack, pair eight ounces of chocolate milk with a snack-sized bag of pretzels, recommends Cheryl Zonkowski, University of Florida’s director of sports nutrition. USA Volleyball nutrition consultant Shawn Dolan suggests making a recovery smoothie using milk, a frozen banana, peanut butter and ground flax seed.
Here are four recipes from whymilk.com, a site that offers gallons of smoothie ideas made with milk. Toss in a scoop or two of whey protein powder for an added boost.
Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Strawberry Sunrise Breakfast Smoothie
Blueberry Blast Smoothie
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Sources: whymilk.com, epicurious.com