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The use of a recovery drink isn’t mandatory after workouts, but many of us use various protein- and whey-based drinks to help aid muscle recovery.  To help everyone learn about a wider variety of products, here’s another interview with a company some of you live by – and others possibly never heard of.

I recently interviewed a company many of you likely heard of, though you may not have tried

“We believe it’s critical to provide real food in order to refuel, rebuild and recover and generally feel good,” Athletes Honey recently told Alameda Runners.  “It’s especially important after working out to put the proper foods into your body.

A serving size of 11 ounces provides 240 calories (30 calories from fat), 3.5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 14mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 26g total carbohydrate, 26g sugar, and 26g protein.

Athletes HoneyMilk is one of numerous recovery products available to athletes, but the company thinks they have an advantage over the competition:

“Two of the main reasons:  ingredients and taste.  Look at the ingredients in Athletes HoneyMilk and contrast it with the ingredients in any other recovery drink,” the company recently told Alameda Runners. “Not only do we have way fewer but our primary ingredients are real milk and real honey. We pride ourselves on being a natural, great-tasting recovery drink – Athletes HoneyMilk is REAL food.”

The rest of the article is available after the jump!

The recovery milk is relatively simple with the following ingredients:  Grade A UHT low-fat milk, honey, vanilla, lactase enzyme, vitamin A palmitate & vitamin D3, carrageenan & sodium polyphosphate.  To avoid a long biology lesson I’m neither qualified nor interested in giving, I had AthletesMilk discuss one specific protein that is beneficial:

“Casein proteins are the predominant proteins contained in milk.  They prevent the breakdown of muscle and are a nice complement to whey proteins, the other significant protein in milk.  Both are extremely high quality in the amount and quality of amino acids provided.  Whey is metabolized quickly for a fast injection of amino acids into the bloodstream.  Casein is metabolized slower for an extended, steady release of amino acids into the bloodstream.”

They both work together to give our muscles the necessary building blocks necessary to help rebuild and strengthen.

Taste is a major issue with recovery drinks, as the added protein and other ingredients can make it extremely hard to drink.  (Ted has written a few reviews already, and we still have so much more to write.)

“As for taste, when we go around to major marathon expos and sample out to thousands of people in a day, there are literally only a couple handfuls of people who don’t love the taste.  This is out of thousands.”

The drink is lactose-free and helps us recover by including 26 grams of total protein.  The company has four new flavors (vanilla, chocolate, pom-acai, coffee) next month, with a light version of the chocolate and coffee flavors containing 20 grams of protein.

Athletes HoneyMilk can be purchased online from the company’s official Web site.

I’ve had Athletes HoneyMilk in the past — but it was a very long time ago — so I will wait before writing a review.  Expect to see a review sometime next month as Athletes HoneyMilk promises to shake things up further.

1 Comment so far »

  1. by ted, on April 19 2010 @ 8:04 pm


    I am the test subject for all of the different products because I am the old guy in need of all the recovery help I can get. Most of the stuff I sample is no big deal. Some of the stuff is hard to choke down while others hurt just making it past the smell. I am a bit nervous just by the name HoneyMilk. It does not help that is marketed as lactose free.

    Maybe I will get Michael to buy some to try. He may have to open the box and force it down my throat.

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