We took a popular brand of milkshake and compared it to a typical meal for post-workout nutrition.
FRIJJ CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE (400ML)
Not much beats a cold milkshake for taste after a run, and with 44.2g of carbs and 13.2g of protein, it’s almost perfect for recovery purposes too. It’s also a good source of calcium and vitamin B12. However, despite 400kcals and 40g of sugar, you’ll be hungry again within the hour.
BROWN RICE AND CHILLI CON CARNE
A serving of 50g of brown rice and small portion of chilli with extra lean mince is a good recovery meal at 55g of carbs and 36g protein, coming in at only 440kcals. Mince and added healthy veg will fill you up, plus rice – though not the healthiest carbs – aids muscle recovery.
VERDICT Almost always we’d favour the meal, but if you’re doing serious amounts of activity and recovery is more important than watching the weight, then why not go for the milkshake? And even if you aren’t running, milkshake always goes down well as an occasional treat too!