You already know I believe it’s counter-productive to villainize certain foods. That’s where the chocolate milk debate gets interesting. There are mothers who are against chocolate milk because of the added sugar. There are mothers who believe chocolate milk is their ally in serving protein and calcium to their children.
My position is simple: milk is a nutritious food. Sweetening and flavoring it doesn’t make it unhealthy. Over sweetening makes it unhealthy. Don’t take away chocolate milk. Just make it a less frequent and healthier experience. Some ready-to-drink chocolate milk contains 30 grams of sugar in one 8 ounce glass. It also contains unnecessary ingredients like corn starch, carrageenan, or even salt! Most chocolate milk powder, like Nesquik, also contains salt. If chocolate milk is on the menu while you are dining out – encourage white milk or make chocolate milk the dessert.
Our family went through a lot of name brand chocolate milk powder. I just thought it was part of parenting toddlers. However, I’ve been duped by that kind of marketing before. We no longer buy chocolate milk powder but we still drink chocolate milk. Below is my Don’t Panic Mom Approved Chocolate Milk Recipe.
This is my favorite ‘go to’ beverage when all of us are craving a sweet treat in the afternoon. The fresh banana adds sweetness and a bit of creaminess. But it doesn’t overpower the chocolate taste. We add an ice cube to make it extra refreshing. Delicious!
An important note: This recipe is intentionally easy to memorize. I wanted Big P to be involved in gathering ingredients. A kid who feels comfortable with ingredients will have kitchen confidence. They will soon be prepared to make their own healthy snacks, at least when they are tall enough to reach the counter. Big P happily peeled the banana yesterday and dropped the peel on the floor. Then proceeded to slip on it cartoon-style. No joke. I laughed until I cried.
A medium sized banana adds approximately 105 calories and 14 grams of sugar to the recipe. But it also adds potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, and even vitamin C. That’s what I call a superfood!
Nutrition information from The Calorie Counter.