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P90x Recovery Drink Substitutes

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Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for and He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
P90x Recovery Drink Substitutes
The makers of P90X recommend consuming their recovery drink after workouts. Photo Credit: Edie Layland/iStock/Getty Images

P90X is a workout DVD that claims to help you improve your body composition in 90 days. The workout program recommends the use of supplements sold by the makers of P90X to provide optimal results. The P90X recovery drink is recommended after workouts, but you can substitute this drink with other supplements and food combinations.

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PowerBar Performance

Although a PowerBar Performance bar is not a liquid, it is made from simple carbohydrates that can be absorbed quickly by your body. PowerBar Performance bars are also nutritionally similar to the P90X recovery drink. The P90X recovery drink contains 220 calories, compared to 230 in the bar. The P90X drink is slightly higher in protein, with 10g to the PowerBar Performance bar's 8g, but the drink is also higher in sugar, with 36g, while the bar has only 25g. (See References 1 and 2)

Milk and Banana

Bodybuilder Jim Brewster explains that consuming simple carbohydrates, such as the sugar found in fruit, can be beneficial for recovery after workouts. For this reason, a combination of a banana and milk may be a good substitute for the P90X recovery drink. Consuming one banana and a cup of skim milk provides 223 calories, with 10 g of protein and 44 g of carbohydrates. This is similar to the P90X recovery drink's 220 calories, 10 g of protein and 39 g of carbohydrates.

Whey Protein and Quick Oats

Whey protein is a type of protein that is absorbed quickly and often used for post-workout recovery. Combining one scoop of whey protein and 30 g of quick oats provides 230 calories, 27g of protein and 22g of carbohydrates. Because protein is necessary for muscle building, this may be a good substitute for those looking to gain muscle mass.

Orange Juice and Whey Protein

Combining orange juice and whey protein will provide simple carbohydrates and quickly absorbed protein for recovery. This combination provides 220 calories, with 28 g of carbohydrates and 25 g of protein. This is similar to the 220 calories, 39 g of carbohydrates and 10 g of protein provided by the P90X recovery drink.

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