I recently worked with The Hershey Company to discuss the health benefits of chocolate milk during my latest media tour and I thought I’d share these benefits with you.
As a mom and registered dietitian its important to me that my kids are eating a healthy diet and getting all the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. While milk isn’t an issue in our house, I know in many households it is which means children may be missing out on key nutrients found in milk. Offering chocolate milk, once in a while, is a great way to get kids to drink more milk. There are a lot of different types of chocolate milk out there, but many are high in sugar and fat. You can make your own for just 150 calories using 8 oz. of low-fat (1%) milk and 2 Tbsp. of HERSHEY’S® Lite Syrup with 50% less sugar.
Low-fat chocolate milk like this contains many key nutrients necessary for children to help achieve a balanced diet and provides vitamins and minerals to help build and maintain strong bones.
But chocolate milk isn’t just for kids. Research shows that low-fat chocolate milk is a great way for adults to refuel after exercise and replenish fluid and electrolytes. With its 3:1 carb to protein ratio, low-fat chocolate milk refuels muscles and provides natural protein that helps muscles recover after a tough workout.
So, go ahead give your kids chocolate milk in moderation—they’ll think they’re getting a treat, but you know they’re getting something good for them.