Accelerade was one of the first energy drinks to have protein in it. While it may take more time to digest and enter your system, if you're fueling properly this isn’t a bad thing. Because it has a unique blend of carbohydrates and protein, the speed at which the fast-acting carbs hit your system will keep you from spiking and then a half hour later facing the dreaded bonk. If you’re super sensitive to sugar, have diabetes, or hypoglycemia, this is a great hydration option to keep your sugar levels stable. When your blood sugar spikes super high you rapidly can become dehydrated and will feel sluggish throughout your workout.
Feed's Fave: Fruit Punch
If you like higher calorie drink mixes, this could be a good option to try on longer, lower intensity workouts. Adding the protein helps prevent your blood sugar from spiking when you drink this mix. The result is a more sustained delivery of nutrients as the mix does take longer for your body to use. Mix with 12oz of cold water!