“Your training isn’t over until you have fueled your recovery.”
We will never get faster, stronger, or fitter by sitting on the couch we must not forget that training does damage and that recovery is how we become stronger, faster, and fitter! Recovery starts with nutrition and the appropriate rest in order to make the adaptations that lead to progress, PRs, and podiums.
Nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated especially when it comes to recovery. Just 8-12oz of good old-fashioned chocolate milk is often enough for recovery but it can be better! I add Whey Protein Isolate, Collagen, and sometimes coffee to improve the quality of recovery.
Fast-acting whey protein concentrate or isolate will quickly be digested and go to work fast on repairing damaged muscle tissue whereas the collagen will go to work repairing the damage done to joints. The caffeine in chocolate and coffee has also been shown to improve the uptake of carbohydrates. Caffeine can also decrease the pain experienced from delayed onset muscle soreness but will likely require you to consume caffeine prior to training and racing to accomplish this.
Optimally you want to consume the following recipe is within 20 minutes of completing your training or race.
I only recommend consuming a recovery drink of any kind after long-duration training sessions lasting greater than 2 hours or intense sessions 1 hour or longer. Intense sessions would also include competing in races lasting longer than 20 minutes.
My Favorite Recipe
In a shaker cup or blender add the following
8-12 oz of 1% Milk
20-30 grams of Whey Protein Isolate
6-12 grams of Hydrolyzed Collagen
2 Table Spoons of Nestles Quick chocolate syrup or 1 shot of cold espresso. Shake vigorously or blend until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly
Optionally you can substitute the milk for almond milk, oat milk, water or coconut water
You can also swap the chocolate syrup for 1/2 cup of frozen berries or 1/8th cup of fruit juice.
- Hydrolyzed Collagen
- Whey Protein Isolate 90%
- Nestles Quick chocolate syrup
- Lavazza Perfetto Espresso Roast
Helpful kitchen items
- Shaker Cup
- Nutribullet Blender
- Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups
- Kitchen Food Scale
- De’Longhi Espresso Machine
International society of sports nutrition position on nutrient timing
Whey improves endurance athletes’ stamina
American Physiological Society. “Post-exercise Caffeine Helps Muscles Refuel.”
Quality of protein in whey isolate better than that of protein in whey concentrate
Optimal post-workout whey dose: 20 g
Collagen supplementation reduces pain in arthritic knees
Collagen supplementation accelerates tendon injury healing in athletes
Collagen supplement eases athletes’ sore joints
Chocolate Milk has a more positive effect on strength development
Chocolate Milk possibly more effective than commercial recovery fueling supplements
Caffeine Attenuates Delayed-Onset Muscle Pain and Force Loss Following Eccentric Exercise
Researchers Find Caffeine Reduces Muscle Pain During Exercise