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Recovery Brew

The premium quality ingredients in GU Recovery Brew help you quickly replenish energy stores and rebuild muscles after an intense workout. You’ll notice a difference when you compare us to the competition.

Suffice it to say that recovery drinks have not been known for their taste. Until now. Say goodbye to grainy, chalky, salty and smelly. GU’s Recovery Brew reinvents the category and evolves this critical training tool into a nutritional experience we’re confident you’ll actually enjoy.


Box of 12 packets - $36.00
Canister - $32.40

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Regular Price: $40.00

Special Price $36.00

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After finishing your workout drink 16 - 24oz. of GU Recovery Brew to replenish energy stores and rebuild muscles.

  • Fill 16oz bottle halfway with water
  • Add 60g (3 scoops) Recovery Brew mix
  • Cap bottle and shake vigorously for 20 seconds
  • Uncap bottle and add remaining 8oz of water
  • Cap bottle and shake vigorously for 20 seconds
  • Enjoy!

What type of protein is in Recovery Brew?

The protein used in the Recovery Brew is Whey Protein Isolate. It is derived from dairy and is more pure than other forms (about 90% pure protein). It also has the highest BV (Biological Value), which is the measure of how efficiently food protein, once absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, can be turned into body tissues.

When should I consumer Recovery Brew?

We recommend consuming recovery brew within 1-3 hours (glycogen repletion window) after exercising.

Can I mix Recovery Brew with milk?

Yes, milk can be mixed with Recovery Brew. The combination of milk and Recovery Brew can help increase glycogen stores by adding extra carbohydrates and protein.

Is recovery Brew free of banned substances?

Yes. All GU product (except Chomps) are tested by Informed Choice which is a WADA certified company that tests products for banned substances. You can visit the Informed Choice website for more information: http://www.informed-choice.org/.

Why do I need a recovery beverage?

Recovery Brew is very important for athletes because the combination of both carbohydrate and protein help decrease catabolic affects post exercise and increase anabolic affects needed for subsequent training.

Can I use recovery Brew during exercise?

Recovery Brew was formulated to aid recovery after exercising. However, some of our athletes have been successful when using Recovery Brew during exercise. It is made up of mostly carbohydrates but also contains whey protein which is more easily digestible than most proteins. Note that the caloric content is much higher (250cal per 16 fl. oz. of water) and this can increase stomach bulk. We recommend practicing with this concept before using it on race day.

Why does the product contain Arginine?

Arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that, when consumed, spare the need to use an essential amino acid for their synthesis. Arginine is glycogenic in that it can be converted into glucose. It can also be broken down by various metabolic processes to produce energy. It has even been shown to aid the body in growth hormone secretion. Growth hormone has been shown to: increase muscle mass, promote lypolisis, increase protein synthesis, strengthen the immune system, and promote glucogenesis.

Why does the product contain Glutamine?

Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that, when consumed, spare the need to use an essential amino acid for their synthesis. During intense aerobic and anaerobic activity the immune system can become weakened. Glutamine can help promote a healthy immune system. About 60% of plasma glutamine levels come from using other amino acids and carbon intermediates located in the muscle. Intake of dietary glutamine can help maintain these levels. It can also help reduce the effects caused by overtraining in athletes.

Have you addressed the poor mixing qualities of recovery drinks in general?

Yes, we have reformulated the Recovery Brew with a new carbohydrate that dissolves quicker and prevents clumping.

Ingredients / Nutrition

GU Recovery Brew Chocolate Smoothie - Canister

Fructose, Maltodextrin (Glucose Polymers), Nonfat Dry Milk, Whey Protein Isolate (Contains Soy Lecithin), Cocoa Powder, Richmix (Dairy Based Creamer), L-Glutamine, Natural Flavors, L-Arginine, Sea Salt, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate))

Allergen Information: Contains Milk and Soy Ingredients

Chocolate Smoothie Recovery Brew nutrition

GU Recovery Brew Orange Pineapple - Canister

Maltodextrin (glucose polymers), Fructose, Whey Protein Isolate (contains Soy Lecithin), L-Glutamine, L-Arginine, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors, vitamin c (ascorbic acid), potassium citrate, vitamin e (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate), annatto (as color).

Allergen Information: Contains milk and soy ingredients

Orange Pineapple Recovery Brew nutrition

GU Recovery Brew Strawberry Watermelon - Canister

Maltodextrin (glucose polymers), Fructose, Whey Protein Isolate (contains Soy Lecithin), L-Glutamine, L-Arginine, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors, Fruit and Vegtable Juice (as color), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Potassium Citrate, Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate).

Allergen Information: Contains milk and soy ingredients

Strawberry Watermelon Recovery Brew nutrition

  • Great after a hard ride
    Posted by Erik on 11/5/2014
    This is a great product to help aid in recovery, especially when you are out away from home or just are running short on time. It allows you to get some protein and carbohydrate in that 20-30 glycogen window after you ride hard. Strawberry-Watermelon is my favorite!
  • No Better Product
    Posted by Forrest on 10/27/2014
    Ever since I began using the Recovery Brew post hard efforts, I've found the days needed to recover have cut down drastically. My body is responding much better. As an added bonus, the Chocolate Smoothie tastes very good, mixes well, and doesn't bog you down.
  • Best Recovery Drink!
    Posted by Brett on 9/26/2014
    I've been using GU products both during and after my workouts for the past couple of years. The Chocolate Smoothie may just be the most delicious of all. Whether you use it with milk for a creamier shake like drink or with water (my favorite) for a bit lighter mix, GU Recovery Brew needs to be part of your post workout routine!!!
    Posted by Tim on 9/10/2014
    I frequently use the Chocolate Smoothie Flavor with either Almond Milk or Skm Milk after my long runs. Not only does it give me what I need to recover but it tastes great. It tastes so good, I consider it my reward for a hard effort, just as much if not more than a recovery product. Thanks for the product!
  • Gets me Back Quickly
    Posted by William on 8/28/2014
    I began using the GU Brew last year where Iwas competing in a race with 2 separate heats. The first heat was at 8am and was a nearly 5 mile mountain race that took me roughly an hour and a half. Immediately upon finishing I had some water and then a Gu Brew drink and was right back out on the course a second time 2 hours later and felt amazing. My body was beaten and battered bu the brew helped me recover quickly to get back out there fast!!
  • Great taste!!
    Posted by Todd on 8/14/2014
    Out of all the protein powders and recovery drinks I have tried over the years this is the best tasting and mixes the best of all. This also doesn't leave you with that heaving feeling in your gut when you drink it after a hard workout.
  • Chocolate Smoothie!
    Posted by Chad on 8/12/2014
    Wasn't sure how the chocolate smoothie would taste, was worried about the smoothie part. But it tastes amazing! I mix it with almond mix or water (depending on whats on hand). Obviously almond milk tastes better but water works as well. Either way still getting the benefits from the recovery mix.
  • Mix in a little almond milk
    Posted by Greg M on 6/16/2014
    I was intorduced to chocolate smoothie flavor at the GU tent following a 93-mile gravel grinder, Rebecca's Private Idaho. Somewhere along the way (maybe there), I started mixing in chocolate almond milk after dissolving the powder initially in water. Awesome! More importantly, drinking some of this at the end of a long or hard ride allows me to settle down and eat properaly later on.
  • Best way to recover!
    Posted by Emily on 6/15/2014
    Recovery Brew is always my go-to after a hard workout. It tastes great and gives me the nutrition my body needs post workout.
  • Better than previous choice
    Posted by Ryne on 6/10/2014
    I was using another big name brand for recovery drinks after my workouts, but could never get over how chunky and thick the drink was. I switched to GU Recovery for 2014 and could not be more pleased! The mix completely dissolves for a better taste and feel, and having flavor options other than chocolate is SOOO nice.

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