Fun kid, huh?
Anyway, back when I was a youngun' there was no such thing as Lactaid or milk substitutes...not really. Know what I had on my Cheerios as a kid? FORMULA.
I'm not kidding. And in case you're wondering, it tasted as awful as you think it would. Scratch that. It tasted worse.
The thing that I admired most about the little Shannon in in my homeroom class (besides her shiny white blonde hair and the fact that her sandwiches had their crusts already cut off) was that she got to drink chocolate milk every day for lunch.
I LOOOVED chocolate milk, but because of reasons stated above, I knew I couldn't have it.
As I've gotten older throughout the years, I've been able to tolerate more and more milk in one sitting. To where the only time I would ever get "sick" on it, would be if I really overdid it with a milk product. That was pretty rare with milk though...because I never really drank milk by itself when I was a kid, I don't really enjoy it now.
I still love me some chocolate milk...but while I can overdo it on ice cream, cheese, milkshakes, or other products, I can't really ever overdo it on chocolate milk. Something about it satisfies me more than just about anything else.
But like I mentioned in my POM juice post, I choose not to consume my calories in liquid form. This means that I probably have never had a carton of chocolate milk in my house...until I started living with Joe.
This past weekend, we slept in...and when I woke up, I was famished. Joe encouraged me to have a glass of chocolate milk, promising that it would help satiate me quicker than anything else I could reach for.
Turns out, he was right. I drank a small glass of chocolate milk and felt better in no time. It took the edge off my hunger so that when we ate breakfast out (as we love to do), I wasn't so hungry that I was eating the tablecloth.
I harnessed the power of the internets and found this interesting article by the Eat This, Not That guy. And he goes into a lot of information about why chocolate milk is the perfect before and after work out snack. Surprisingly, he states that you're better off drinking 1% versus fat-free versions so that your body can get the vitamins that it needs.
And he's not alone in touting the health benefits. Various sources on the internet claim that chocolate milk is a better and healthier for you than energy drinks. One site lists information like:
•Nutritional analysis indicates chocolate milk is just as nutritious as regular milk.
•Chocolate milk contains about the same amount of sugar as an equal amount of unsweetened fruit juice. In fact, it has only one third more calories than white milk. The difference is equal to the calories in half a banana or pear.
•Just like white milk - chocolate milk is healthy for your teeth, since the cocoa, milk fat, calcium and phosphorus in chocolate milk can help to protect against cavities.
•Chocolate milk hydrates your body and quenches your thirst because milk is 87 per cent water. After physical activity chocolate milk helps to replenish your body's energy stores, and build and repair muscle.
•One cup of chocolate milk contains about the same amount of caffeine as decaffeinated coffee.
Obviously, I'm not a doctor (nor do I play one on this blog), but all of this information is prompting me to do my own study - on myself.
I've been looking for something to consume in the morning before I leave for work. I'm typically not hungry enough to eat breakfast, but if I wait to long to eat (which usually happens when I get to work and the to-do list is overflowing at my desk), I'm famished and sometimes can't seem to catch up during the day.
So a quick glass of chocolate milk may actually be a winning combo for me - breaking my fast (from dinner the night before until when I drink the milk), and giving my body some much needed energy to at least start my day.
Having a cup before a run and after my run may also be a great way to fuel and re-fuel myself...and that's something that would be pretty exciting. I can't eat or drink much before a race because I puke when my body starts getting active. In the past, I've relied on energy chews (like fruit snacks, only ickier) to fuel my longer runs. Now I don't have to endure that any longer....and those were in 100 calorie packs, so it's not like I'm going to be consuming many more calories.
I don't think that an all chocolate milk diet would be a good thing, but I feel like it might be a good addition to my daily consumption.
Have any of you all tried chocolate milk as a regular healthy addition to your life? If so, what was your experience?