What on earth is in my cycling recovery drink?

Recovery drink. You need it when done (even more important than showering). Water won’t do. Keep the sweaty clothes on for a minute and get some protein and carbs inside you.

cyclefucius is not too familiar with the biology/physiology of all this. However, experience says that chemicalish stuff is not my thing (especially of any colour that could be on a pro-team cycling shirt: from the past of course – lately they all seem to be black…). What natural alternatives are there?

The best I have tried? Chocolate milk: protein – tick, carbs – tick, cramps – none. Although the chocolate part is not so natural and really full of sugar. If you’ve just done five hours in extreme weather then this may not really matter. However, if you are getting the weight off then it just seems a bit … heavy.

So plain milk. But also not wanting to ingest too much cholesterol. So skimmed milk. cyclefucius came across some skimmed milk fortified with soya “isoflavones”. What the heck? Same low fat as skimmed but more protein than semi. Trying is believing and I now swear by it. No next day stiffness ever.

These things are probably very personal. But what are your own pro tips?

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3 thoughts on “What on earth is in my cycling recovery drink?

  1. This is a great topic, and one that gets pretty diverse answers. Personally, I do not drink cow’s milk. I reach for vanilla soy milk (Silk). In 1 cup (8 oz.) there is 100 cal, 3.5 g fat, 0 cholesterol, 8 g sugar, and 6 g protein. 45% DV of calcium. If you blend a banana and 2 TBSP PB2 in the soy milk, you get a 255 cal smoothie that is pretty healthy (PB2 is 100% natural powdered peanut butter that has 85% less fat than traditional creamy peanut butter because the peanuts are pressed and the oil is removed, thus removing the fat. See more here: http://www.bellplantation.com/). For more protein, my cycling coach suggests egg whites and almonds. Water is so, so important in your body’s recovery, too!

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    1. Wow – actually sounds enjoyable (though some organisation needed to prepare before leaving…) Never had any problem, but still I have always wondered about cows milk. Maybe good to try dropping for a while (small step from isoflavones). Thanks for the detail!

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