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Best Drinks For After a Workout
By : Kaleena Lawless 

After a workout you are dehydrated and in some serious need of nourishment. You don't necessarily have to make a fancy protein powder smoothie after exercise, especially if you plan on eating. A smoothie with fruit, yogurt, milk and powder can contain a whopping 400 calories. Although it may be fairly healthy calories, you could be eating those with even healthier food and staying full for longer. Instead, try drinking something simple after exercise, just to feel refreshed before a meal.

Here are my top three drinks for after a workout that you already have in your fridge

1. Water

You should be drinking water before, during and after exercise. Drinking water keeps your mind alert and your joints healthy. Remember to drink a a cup or two after you finish exercising, before hitting the shower.

2. Skim Milk

Milk is great for after a workout because it is hydrating, contains protein and also simple sugars to feed your muscles their lost glycogen. Plus calcium is crucial for healthy bones.

3. Orange Juice

Orange juice is refreshing but it also has fructose which like milk, feeds your muscles lost nourishment. If you don't replenish carbs in to the muscle, they pretty much eat themselves, which is counterproductive. OJ is also good for protecting the immune system.

These are very basic and simple beverages but it goes to show that you don't need to stock your cupboards with expensive meal replacement powders to be healthy. Just make sure you stay hydrated and eat a well balanced meal after exercise to guarantee the success of your program.

Drink Well!