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How to Drink Chocolate Milk Guilt-Free

By Genevieve Cunningham

Chocolate milk is so good. Kids already know it. Adults know it but try to ignore it. Chocolate milk is the thing that you're supposed to drink with donuts or cookies when you're young, right? As it turns out, chocolate milk may actually be healthy for us even as adults. If you would like to add chocolate milk back to your menu without any guilt involved, take a look at these good ways to add it into your routine.

Drink It in Small Doses

If you’re hesitant about drinking chocolate milk, try adding it in very small doses. Have a very small glass in the morning or after lunch. Don’t make it a full, regular-sized glass, and don’t have more than one a day. This gives you a little blast of protein and carbs, all while letting you enjoy that deliciously rich chocolate flavor.

Use an Alternative to Dairy

If it’s the dairy that makes you nervous, choose a non-dairy milk option. Many people choose a chocolate almond or coconut milk to let them enjoy this guilty pleasure without actually adding any guilt. These milks are very low in calories, and they don’t irritate the stomach as much as traditional dairy. They make a great option for those who are dairy-free. This is a great way to have your cake and eat it too, so to speak, so buy a gallon and enjoy a glass every day.

Drink It After a Workout

Many fitness fiends use chocolate milk as a recovery drink. Why? Because it actually has a great balance of protein and carbohydrates. This means that, after a workout, it can feed the muscles and give you back a bit of energy. It's actually a fairly common practice, and a delicious one, too! If you like to get in a good sweat session, make chocolate milk your recovery drink and enjoy every last drop.

Whether you’re a kid, an adult, or reaching those wonderful golden years, chocolate milk can absolutely be a part of your normal diet. Use these excuses to drink to your heart’s content. You may find that a bit of chocolate milk in your life boosts your physical health and brings about enough nostalgia to boost your mental and emotional health as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Ana, Calif.

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