Q: What’s the best post-workout drink?
A: Any post-workout drink you reach for should have a ratio of carbohydrates-to-protein in the range of 1:1 to 4:1. So if you stay active and train hard, you’re looking at about 30-90 grams of carbs and 15-30 grams of protein after a workout. Calculate your needs by multiplying your weight in kilograms by 0.2-0.3. This number represents the grams of protein you should aim for. It’s a range you should stay in. To get the grams of carbs you should aim for, multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.4-1.0.
Got your ranges? Now let’s consider the type of activity you’re doing and how hard you’re training. For shorter, easier workouts, stick towards the lower ends of ranges; work the upper ranges for longer or harder sessions. For example, you might have 30 grams of carbs and 15 grams of protein after a short strength training session, or 60 grams of carbs and 15 grams of protein after a long ride or hike.
Here’s one of our favorite 4:1 ratio drinks. Shake it up and down it within 30 minutes of your next endurance bout to stimulate muscle growth and help your body recover from the workout.
- 1 packet EAS Myoplex Lite vanilla protein powder
- 1 banana
- 1 ½ cups frozen peaches
- 4 ounces juice