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Originally Posted by CbadRider
Protein can help with recovery after a hard workout. But you can get it by eating a turkey sandwich or drinking a glass of chocolate milk.
That's not enough, I think. I've seen some studies showing nice positive effects of protein immediately after the workout, but usually in doses of 20-40 g or more. One glass of chocolate milk has only 8 g of protein.
It generally helps to get that protein as early as possible. Protein powder has a benefit that it takes much less time to digest than a turkey sandwich, so it gets to your muscles sooner. In weight lifting, the best time to take protein supplements is actually _before_ the workout. In running/cycling, I don't think it has been studied to the same extent, but the same logic should apply. During long workouts/rides, it seems to be helpful to get some protein in the middle of the exercise.