The best sports drink? Chocolate milk!
You’ve been working awfully hard to take off those pounds. We’re already nearly two weeks into 2013, and you’ve been sticking to your diet and exercise regimen with the grit and determination of a drill sergeant.
You’re rightfully proud, and you could use a treat. Something sweet, cold, refreshing and chocolatey. But what?
Well, maybe there’s some cosmic meaning in the fact that Thursday, Jan. 10 is officially “Bittersweet Chocolate Day,” Friday, Jan. 11, is officially “Milk Day,” and Saturday, Jan. 12, is “Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution Day.”
There also might be cosmic meaning in the fact that recently I was browsing through the 2009 edition of “Eat This, Not That” by David Zinczenko and came upon page 253, where the prominent health and fitness writer waxes wise about the best foods for working out.
He firmly asserts that the best beverage to down after a strenuous workout is eight ounces of chocolate milk. Why? He cites a British study that demonstrated that, in addition to hydrating you, milk also offers more electrolytes and potassium than products merchandised as sports drinks. Additionally, he notes, the added chocolate creates “a perfect balance of carbs, protein and fat” to speed muscle recovery.
That should have been enough to satisfy me, but I love research, so I checked one more source, our home copy of ChefMD’s “Big Book of Culinary Medicine.”
Right there, on page 91, author and physician John La Puma was touting the benefits of chocolate milk, noting that it’s a creamy, smooth treat that will “satisfy any chocoholic’s craving.”
Dr. La Puma is particularly fond of a product that’s available right here at ShopAtHome.com — Horizon Organic Dairy’s Chocolate Low-fat Milk, which comes conveniently packaged in aseptic boxes perfect for school lunches.
He waxes postiviely rhapsodic about the way Horizon “combines organic milk, organic sugar and organic cocoa to produce a delightfully sweet and creamy indulgence” that, unlike most other brands, has no added corn syrup. As a dairy-free alternative, Dr. La Puma suggests shelf-stable boxes of chocolate soy milk, such as Silk brand.
And if the conjunction of stars, special days, New Year’s resolutions and the renewed need for back-to-school sack lunches isn’t enough to convince you that you should buy some chocolate milk immediately, perhaps these printable grocery coupons will: