The “My After” chocolate milk campaign, by The National Milk Processor Promotion Board, claims that chocolate milk contains the right mix of protein and carbs scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles and help return to peak potential. And that it provides fluids and electrolytes (calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium) to rehydrate and help replenish critical nutrients lost in sweat.
What they don’t tell you is how much sugar and additives are in most chocolate milk brands.
The solution? Make your own using whole, nutrient-dense foods. In this recipe I use:
Raw cacao powder – rich in antioxidants, which lower free radicals, which are chemicals that can alter or damage the body
Almond milk – lower in fat, higher in carbohydrates and calcium than dairy milk or Coconut water – naturally contains electrolytes
Tart cherries – contain anthocyanins which delivers substantial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity
Hemp seeds – a powerhouse when it comes to protein with at least 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine).
Medjool dates – contain flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic properties
Adaptogens – high cortisol levels and chronic stress can affect every physiological and psychological system. You can increase your capacity to deal with stress and improve your mental and physical performance with the use of adaptogens.