The Health Benefits of Regularly Drinking Chocolate Milk

As a kid, chocolate milk was one of my most favorite drinks. There was nothing better than a big glass of ice cold chocolate milk in the warm summer months. As I got older, I knew I had to leave the sweet treat behind if I wanted to stay slim and keep my health in place. Begrudgingly, I left this yummy drink behind as the years ticked by. I won’t lie; I missed it.

Luckily for me (and probably a lot of you as well!), chocolate milk has recently been touted as a drink with some healthy benefits. If you would like to add your favorite childhood drink back into the mix without negative side effects, check out these great reasons that chocolate milk deserves a spot in your diet.

Protein for Muscle Repair

If you want to add chocolate milk in a healthy way, then you should pour yourself a glass after a workout. This is when you may be able to see the benefits of the drink. For example, after a workout, your muscles are strained and torn. The protein that comes in chocolate milk is enough to help repair these damaged muscles and get them prepared for the next day’s workout. It will repair, build, and strengthen the muscles all while satisfying your sweet tooth and your stomach.

Carbohydrates for Energy

After a workout, you are probably pretty spent. This is because you used your energy reserves in order to complete your exercise routine. Chocolate milk contains a healthy amount of carbohydrates. These carbohydrates can replenish your energy reserve quickly. This means that you will be ready to complete your day with energy and even workout again if you so choose.

Rehydration and Electrolytes

During a workout, you obviously sweat and use up your water supply. Drinking a glass of chocolate milk can help to rehydrate the body and prevent dehydration, and it can also provide your body with electrolytes. Electrolytes help the body gain much needed energy and further help to prevent dehydration. These are what you normally get from a sports drink, but by drinking chocolate milk, you have a little more natural and much more delicious way to stock your body full.

It’s Delicious

Let’s not forget one of the best parts about chocolate milk: the taste! Chocolate milk makes you feel full, leaves a sweet taste in your mouth, and still brings some healthy benefits to the table. It’s a great post workout drink to add and keep in the mix. After your exercise routine, reach for a glass in order to replenish the body and satisfy your craving. Because it is so tasty, this is a drink and a routine that you can stick with!

Chocolate milk sometimes gets a bad rap, but it’s actually good for you! If you are a fitness enthusiast and need a good post workout drink, grab an ice cold cup of chocolate milk, and enjoy the goodness.

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