We get it. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to chug down multiple glasses of water. It can get old and who doesn’t want to spice up their hydration routine? We’ve gathered our top four picks for post workout drinks (that aren’t water).
- Chocolate Milk
Great news for chocolate lovers! Chocolate milk is beneficial for endurance athletes and runners. The high water content and double the carbohydrates (compared to plain milk) can rehydrate you and replenish essential electrolytes, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Plus, the protein from chocolate milk aids in the repair of damaged muscle fibers.
2. Coconut Water
Among the many benefits of Coconut water is post-workout recovery. Like most popular sports drinks, coconut water contains high levels of nutrients and antioxidants, such as potassium and magnesium - but with less sodium. Less sodium is essential for replenishing after a sweaty workout.
3. Cherry Juice
Looking for some recovery for your tired, sore muscles? The anti-inflammatory properties of Cherry Juice help prevent strength loss and decrease muscle damage after your workouts. Cherry juice aids in recovery by increasing antioxidants and decreasing inflammation.
After a hard workout, Black and Green tea aid in fat oxidation (the process of breaking down fats into smaller molecules that get stored and used for energy). High levels of antioxidants in black and green teas can also help reduce muscle soreness and recover muscle strength faster.
Now what are you waiting for? Go hydrate!