February 02, 2015

Healthier Chocolate Milk!

Today’s post exists because of exercise. 

Ok, that doesn’t make any sense, let me explain. 

A while ago I shared a few tips about what to eat or drink before, during and after a workout. One of the things listed in the post-workout options is chocolate milk. 

As some of you know, I play volleyball once a week. Also, I recently started to attend yoga classes. On top of that, Zumba will be added to that list starting next week. As you can imagine, I like to have snacks to recover after any of those workouts and chocolate milk tends to be my go-to option. It gets fast to your bloodstream, it has proteins, it’s delicious and it's easy to pack. 

I used to buy a Soy Chocolate Milk that I love but realized it was getting expensive. One package of 3 chocolate milks costs about 6$ and the cheaper options I've seen aren’t really healthy, so that’s when this recipe was born! 

I’m happy to report that it tastes as delicious as the one I used to buy at the supermarket and has less added chemicals and sugars!

Serves 5, ready in 10-15 minutes. 

-1/3 cup brown sugar 
-1/3 cup water
-1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-6 cups of cold milk (I use 1%)
-2 pinches of salt

1. Make the chocolate syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. 
2. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and mix until smooth.

3. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
4. In a blender, add the chocolate syrup, milk and salt. Blend until smooth and serve! NOTE: For this step I had to divide the mixture into two because my blender is not big enough. Another option is adding 2 & 1/2 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup to a glass, then 1 1/2 cups of milk and stir well.

5. Enjoy! 

Adapted from Food Network