Sports Recovery Drinks
SIS, Etixx, Torq, OTE
Which of these six protein shakes best hits the spot after an intensive training session?
Science in sport rego rapid recovery
Protein per serving: 13g
Our strawberry flavour SiS shake tastes like a strawberry ice cream with no unpleasant aftertaste, and having a palatable drink is important. A single 50g serving (two scoops of the powder mixed with 500ml of water) provides just 13g of protein but a sizeable 31g of carbs (6.9g of which are sugar), replacing vital energy lost in our workout. It also performs well in the value for money stakes, returning 32 servings from a 1.6kg tub.
Protein per serving: 27g
Especially formulated for athletes over 35, this shake contains calcium and vitamin D for healthy bones, plus B6 and B12 to boost the immune system. One 65g serving of our chocolate-flavoured shake also provides 28g of carbohydrate to replenish glycogen stores. It has a fairly thin consistency but was very drinkable after a half-hour interval session. The 65g serving is equivalent to three level scoops of the serving implement that comes with it, meaning you get 14 x 500ml drinks from each tub.
Wiggle nutrition recovery drink
Protein per serving: 17g
Providing 17g of protein for every 66g, two-scoop serving, the Wiggle shake’s potential for muscle repair is on a par with the Etixx drink. It also provides a decent-sized, 41g serving of carbohydrates (35g of which are sugar). The strawberry flavour had a thin consistency, but Wiggle recommend using a combination of water and skimmed milk for a thicker shake. It’s hard to touch this product for value when a full tub will return 24 servings for just £16.59.
OTE whey protein drink
Protein per serving: 25g
Each sachet provides one serving of recovery shake, with 25g of protein provided by a single sachet. There are also 19.2g of carbs on offer (10.1g of which are sugar). Amino acids leucine and glutamine are present, as are a balance of electrolytes, so you’re also limiting losses through sweat. It was easy on the taste buds, although we did suffer from wind later for several hours later and there’s only so many times you can blame the dog.
Etixx recovery shake
Protein per serving: 17g
Etixx supply dosage guidelines for maintenance training or intensive training sessions. As test conditions included hard interval efforts we followed the former. The six-scoop serving provided 17g of protein to repair muscle, but also a 71g shot of carbohydrate. It tasted like the best chocolate dessert we’ve ever eaten. However, the 1kg tub will last you only 10 servings (double this for less intensive workouts).
Protein per serving: 22g
Torq is a consistent leader in taste when it comes to nutrition products and this was no exception. Serving size depends on your weight, but our 100ml, four-scoop portion was ultimately satisfying. Beyond its impressive protein content, it also gives 66.4g of carbs, absorbed into the body by way of Torq’s blend of glucose, fructose and whey protein using natural products and no artificial sweeteners. A 1.5kg resealable bag provides 16 servings for athletes weighing between 50-65kg.