Recently there has been a lot of talk and effort to defend chocolate milk, especially after a workout. A valuable source of electrolytes was the main argument and to that I had to make known the amount of sugar present in the drink as well. Although it is a good source of calcium and electrolytes when one is sweating profusely there are many better alternatives to rehydrate yourself.
Bananas is a perfect example. Easy to take with you as it has its own protection, easy to slice up and give for free or leave unpeeled and offer as a treat. An ideal fruit for baking muffins, breads, etc and yes, has some sugar but it’s natural sugar!
In a healthy diet, electrolytes are generally available in sufficient amount from the foods we eat.
You may think of getting a re-surge in electrolytes from a bottle of a sports drink or chocolate milk, but truly the best and most natural way of replenishing electrolytes is from food. In fact, sugary sports drinks only provide a quick burst of minerals, but deplete the body over time. So consider racing to the finish line for an apple, carrot, trail mix or a banana.
The right choices in your diet will help you keep running, playing and smiling!
Thanks for reading,