I love drinking chocolate milk! When growing up we bought Nestlé’s Quik, and I remember putting at least 3 heaping spoonfuls into a big tall super cold glass of milk. Yum! Nowadays, I’m a bit more health conscience, so since I don’t believe in cutting out any foods and/or drinks and instead believe in moderation, I still drink chocolate milk, I just choose healthier ways to drink chocolate milk as well as drinking a little less of it.
A Little about Chocolate
Although there are many benefits to eating chocolate, be sure not to confuse ‘real chocolate’ (meaning chocolate that doesn’t have a lot of extra, unnecessary ingredients and/or preservatives in it) with the types of chocolate used for making chocolate milk. In order to keep prices down, most manufacturers use low-quality chocolate as well as diluting the chocolate so that what you are really adding to your milk is mainly sugar, which is not good! High-quality chocolate includes lots of antioxidants, which are essentially protective chemicals that are found in plant foods. Possible benefits from eating chocolate (the darker the better!) includes lower blood pressure, anti-clotting abilities, and protection against heart disease.
Chocolate Milk Choices
There are many different brands from which to choose from when you are wanting to buy chocolate milk. I’m not going to endorse any one particular brand as there are a couple I like, but everyone has different tastes so I suggest first looking at the ingredient label of a few different brands and then choose a couple to try.
Make Your Own Chocolate Milk
Add 1 cup of cocoa, 1 1/2 cups *sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 1/2 cups of water in a pan, bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Store leftovers in the fridge in a well sealed glass container. Simply add one or two tablespoons to a glass of milk, and enjoy! *You can substitute agave syrup for the sugar. Important! Stay away from high fructose corn syrup! If it’s in the list of ingredients, put it back. Thx! (-: Would love to hear your favorite chocolate milk recipe! So please feel free to share…