I did a little experiment with some Chocolate Milk. I had heard from various sources that chocolate milk is the best post-workout drink anyone can have. Thanks to the sugars and proteins, it helps your body recover quicker than it would if you didn’t have any.
So it came down to this, I drank the beverages before and after the rides, but only half of the contents of the bottle. The conclusion, regular chocolate milk like Nesquick tasted great, but 45 minutes later I had the runs due to my lactose problem. So if anything, it made me deheydrated because I ended up pooping out all my fluids in my body…not good. However, if you’re not lactose intolerant, this should be just fine for you.
The next item was the Soy based milk. Loved the taste! Plus it I didn’t poop it out. I felt great during my ride and felt even better afterward.One thing you have to keep in mind, soy milk is a bit thicker than regular milk or Yoohoo. Just keep in mind that you should only drink half of the container before your ride and the other half after. If you drink the whole thing, you’ll end up wanting to throw up because its a sucky feeling to have all that liquid in your stomach as you’re trying to grind up a hill or go fast on the single track.
Just yesterday I tried out our water based drink, Yoohoo. I love the taste, reminds me of chocolate pudding. So I drank about 7 oz of it before my ride. It kinda sits heavy and my stomach was sloshing around during my ride. But the weirdest thing, about mile 7 of my ride, it kicked in! I’m guessing it was the 57 grams of carbs that started working. By the time I got up to mile 10, I had my second wind. It was awesome! I felt so energized and the following morning, no leg soreness.
What’s the verdict? Chocolate milk soy or regular works! If you can handle regular milk, then Nesquick is your best bet. But if you’re like me and can’t, drink some Soy based milk. Yoohoo did surprise me on how well it worked during my ride. But I’m giving credit to the sugars in the drink. Yoohoo only has 4grams of protein per bottle, which means its not really good as a recovery drink.