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    Do You Need Protein Powders?

    How to Use Protein Powders continued...

    For a better “recovery drink” after a workout, Lewin recommends a fruit smoothie with yogurt or milk, or, surprisingly, chocolate milk. “A glass of chocolate milk is one of the best things for recovery,” she says.

    So when should you use protein powders, if you’ve determined you need them to get more protein in your diet? Throughout the day as a snack or meal replacement, says Lewin, but not in the immediate time period surrounding your workouts.

    And don’t forget, says Conn: “Protein powders are not really necessary if you have access to a normal, healthy diet.”

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    Reviewed on March 25, 2011

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