Childhood Foods Not to Outgrow: Chocolate Milk
Now, before you think that chocolate milk as a health food is just too good to be true… it is. I am not suggesting that you replace your servings of unsweetened low/nonfat milk with chocolaty sweetness. What I am suggesting is using chocolate milk as your not-so-guilty pleasure food instead of an extra cookie, brownie, or soft drink.
Yes, chocolate milk is high in sugar (so don’t go crazy!) but there is a lot good stuff packed in one delicious cup. A cup of low fat chocolate milk can be a rich source of potassium, calcium, vitamin D and–if you buy chocolate almond milk–even vitamin E.
Look for the kind that has no more than 22 g sugar per 1 cup serving and stick to the serving size. For a more grown up new flavor, try chocolate almond milk. It’s slightly lower in sugar than dairy chocolate milk (though still pretty high) but unlike regular dairy, provides a hefty 50% of your DV for vitamin E. If you don’t think you’re getting enough vitamin E in your diet and are looking for ways to boost your intake, adding almond milk is a great way to get a major boost.
Another great strategy: To cut the sweetness and boost the health benefits (while still enjoying the chocolate flavor) stir in some unsweetened milk, almond milk, or soy milk. Pouring a little bit (about 10%) unsweetened soymilk to regular chocolate milk, for example, tastes great and will help tone down the dessert-to-health-food ratio.