Do you rely on popular sports drinks for a boost after exercising?

If so, you may want to switch to a bowl of whole-grain cereal and skim milk.

Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, have found the latter choice is easier on the wallet and equally effective.

“The milk provides a source of easily digestible and high-quality protein, which can promote protein synthesis and training adaptations, making this an attractive recovery option for those who refuel at home,” says UT exercise physiologist Lynne Kammer, whose study of cyclists was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Kammer and her coauthors encourage amateur athletes and those who engage in moderate physical activity to pop into the kitchen for this quick-fix breakfast combo after a workout.

We, of course, recommend organic cereal and milk to reduce your exposure to pesticides, chemicals, additives and hormones.