After strenuous exercise, like a hard bike ride or long run, you have a 30 minutes to replenish your body with nutrients and fluids that were depleted during your workout. Think of your body like a squeezed sponge -- it's now ready to be refilled, rehydrated and renewed. Your muscles are most receptive to these recovery nutrients when they are consumed immediately after finishing a workout. After all, results are not made by muscle breakdown, but by proper muscle recovery and rebuilding.
So what to do, what to do? Nutritionists agree that replenishing your body with carbs and protein, particularly in liquid form is best. You body absorbs liquids quicker than solids and consuming liquids help with fluid lost during exercise. With a recovery shake that combines two carbs to one protein and added amino acids, your muscles are getting everything they need to become that fat, wet sponge again.
The recovery products on the market that I like are Generation U Can and Fluid. These products contain whey protein not from concentrate. They are easier to get down and taste pretty good. A lot of products contain when protein concentrate which can be hard on the tummy.