Memories of wrapping my little hands around a tall, frosty glass filled with this bubbly, brown liquid makes me smile. It was always a sweet treat, only to be enjoyed on special occasions. Delicious and nutritious though, this drink deserves a better reputation than it has. It’s not just for kids anymore, as all the perks of this yummy drink make it an option for almost anyone. Have you guessed what this brown, bubbly drink is yet? Its chocolate milk, of course!
While there are some hard-nosed parents out there that poo-poo the notion of chocolate milk as a nutritious addition to their children’s diet, we know better. Chocolate milk is certainly delicious, but it has so much more to offer than a little chocolate kick to dilute the benefits of your dairy choice. In fact, chocolate milk is steadily becoming the drink of choice to help refuel your body after a heavy workout.
Packed with carbohydrates and protein, after an intense workout, it helps to replenish your body’s glycogen levels in muscles better than traditional sports drinks do. Like its white counterpart, chocolate milk also contains calcium to help build stronger bones. Vitamins B and D also show up in chocolate milk, as well as phosphorous and potassium.
All of these nutrients help a body to reduce the risk of stress fractures, repair and rebuild muscles, as well as help to re-hydrate you in a tasty way. Who needs expensive sports drinks, when chocolate milk has the ability to replenish electrolytes naturally and more effectively with the sodium and magnesium already present in it.
Even when you compare chocolate and white milk, you see the difference. There is almost double the carbohydrates in chocolate milk, as well as more sodium and potassium. While there is a marginal increase in calories, the fat content remains the same ounce for ounce, be your milk brown or white.
So if you reach for store bought chocolate milk or make your own, you can be happy to note that you are making a healthy choice for you and your body. When you leave the gym or step off your tread mill, grab a glass of chocolate milk and refuel, replenish and revitalize yourself. Your body will thank you.
To make the chocolate syrup: Combine the sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let cool completely.
Spoon about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup into each glass. Add 1 1/2 cups milk and a generous pinch of salt. Stir until the syrup and salt dissolve.
-Sprinkle gelatin over white milk in small bowl. Let stand 10 minutes.
-Meanwhile, heat 1 cup (250 ml) chocolate milk. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add milk-gelatin mixture, whisking until dissolved, about 3 minutes.
-Whisk in remaining chocolate milk. Divide into 4 serving cups. Refrigerate until wobbly-set: 2-3 hours.
-Sprinkle with favourite cereal just before serving.
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