Running Recovery Drinks

Recover from your long runs with these drinks

After running a long run, it's important to replenish energy and get protein to help repair muscles. Some runners feel like they can't stomach solid food immediately after a run, so they like to drink something that contains carbs and protein. Here are some recovery drinks that fit the bill:

Chocolate milk provides plenty of protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins -- making it a simple but effective recovery drink. Cold chocolate milk tastes pretty refreshing after a run and it's definitely cheaper than some other recovery drinks. Another benefit: The calcium will help keep your bones strong. Some runners like to stock up by purchasing individual chocolate milk containers in bulk.

Coconut water is another favorite among runners for during or after runs. These coconut water recovery shots will re-energize you after your run, as well as replenish your electrolytes.

orange smoothie

Full of protein, carbs, and antioxidants, smoothies make a great recovery drink. They're also extremely refreshing after a hot weather run. Get recipes for 7 simple and delicious smoothies. If you're in the market for a blender, the NutriBullet is a favorite of many runners. (Buy NutriBullet on


If you prefer the convenience of a powdered recovery drink, Mike's Mix is a tasty and affordable option. With the highest quality of all natural ingredients, Mike's Mix consists of the optimal proportion of quickly digestible carbohydrates and protein without the laundry list of additives. Mike's Mix is more affordable than some of the other recovery drinks on the market and runners give it high marks for taste.

Free of dairy, gluten, and soy, Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator is an excellent option for runners who are vegetarians or have other dietary preferences, intolerances, or allergies. Runners with sensitive stomachs report that Vega Sport is gentler on their digestive system than other options.

Endurox R4 Recovery Drink contains protein, carbohydrates, electrolyte minerals and vitamins, all blended together in a way that is designed for endurance athletes. Available in Fruit Punch, Lemon Line, Chocolate, and Tangy Orange, Endurox R4 can help runners recover faster and better, as well as reduce post-exercise muscle damage.

Jamba Juice's Berry Fulfilling Light Smoothie is made from mixed berry juice, milk, Splenda, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and ice. At just 160 calories (for 16 oz.), this tasty and satisfying smoothie contains 1/3 fewer calories and sugars than the average Jamba Juice Classic Smoothies. But you'll still get plenty of carbs and protein for your recovery, without the hassle of having to use your blender.



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