Andy Milne @carmelhealth told me my blogs have been rather deep lately. I have accepted his challenge and produced a classic blog that the people were clamoring for. I call it, Ode to Chocolate Milk.
My love affair with chocolate milk started as a child. There is a local creamery called Halo Farm that sells the best chocolate whole milk. Let’s unpack that. First Halo Farm has the freshest milk you can get. Secondly, if you are going to go chocolate milk go 100 and get the whole milk. Why drink chocolate milk light? I want it I want it as thick and dark as possible. If you do have some ailment where nonfat, skim, 1%, or 2% chocolate milk is necessary I agree it’s better than nothing. I would imagine that chocolate almond milk is better than nothing although I won’t co-sign on that til I try it.
In my research, for this blog, I came across this article from another local lover of Halo Farm Chocolate. In the article, Yamilka Eastburn of Levittown is spot on when she claims “It’s like liquid ice cream,”. Can you think anything better than liquid ice cream? I love chocolate milk so much that I went out and bought my new favorite t-shirt.
Chocolate milk has health benefits. The partisan website BuiltWithChocolateMilk.com states that: (also I crossed out low-fat not them)
lowfatchocolate milk post workout because it helps restore muscles quickly to their peak potential and replenish what the body loses during strenuous exercise — including fluids, important nutrients and electrolytes (calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium) lost in sweat. lowfatchocolate milk post workout because it helps restore muscles quickly to their peak potential and replenish what the body loses during strenuous exercise — including fluids, important nutrients and electrolytes (calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium) lost in sweat.”
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas did a study using chocolate milk as a recovery drink vs a leading sports drink. This study showed that those who drank chocolate milk as a recovery drink gained a 6.7% increase in their bench and 8% increase in their squats when compared to the sports drink group. (link) Milk has whey and casein which are proteins that will help build and repair muscle. It only makes sense it would be a great recovery drink. What inspires great confidence in this study was that there a 100 participants that were high school age and it was done by college students.
I don’t care about the health benefits of chocolate milk. I care about the soul benefits of chocolate milk. When you have a tall glass of Halo Farm (Trickling Springs can be substituted) chocolate milk the world slows down. Your problems calm down just a little bit. You savor each small sip not wanting to waste any of the taste. Only a rookie wouldn’t recognize that gulping this down is a waste of love. Chocolate milk is mindfulness. I close my eyes and allow the flavor to overwhelm my palate. I acknowledge the depth of chocolate flavor. I respect the viscosity and embrace the creaminess. I relish the fact that I am alive and give gratitude to the lord above. These are the moments that make life worth living.
And that folks is an Ode to Chocolate Milk.
P.S. If you come visit me in NJ I will provide you a pork roll egg and cheese and a glass of this to show you the best of what NJ has to offer.