Unless a particular athlete has an allergy to milk or is lactose intolerant, there isn’t any reason to avoid 1% or skim milk during a pre-practice or pre-game meal. These two milks are an excellent source of both carbohydrate and protein with very little or no fat. Having 8 ounces of skim or 1% milk or yogurt up to 2 hours before a competitive event or practice can even help boost blood sugar for the early minutes of the event or practice – just the energy you need! The protein kicks in with more energy a little later.
Contributor: Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition & Health Education Specialist/Co-County Program Director, Cass County, firstname.lastname@example.org