Healthy Snack & Post Workout Smart Choice: Chocolate Milk

Now this, my friends, is how to do chocolate milk . . . creamy, rich, dairy-free and oh so healthy! It will surely satisfy any chocolate craving you are having and fill that sweet tooth, too, but with no refined sugar! And, this is so good for you with loads of antioxidants and mood elevators to get you through any busy afternoon. And, look at that! It is here just in time for those after school snacks!

Creamy, rich, delicious, chocolately ... & healthy. What's not to like? Get a quick recipe here for your next post workout or after school snack: dairy-free, sugar-free chocolate milk. (TheHealthMinded.com) #health



Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Delicious and Healthy Chocolate Milk

This batch is for a few servings so go ahead and whip up enough of this for a few snack breaks or post work-out rewards as this will keep in your refrigerator for a few days:


Gather
  • 4 cups unsweetened organic flax milk, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons of organic, raw cacao powder
  • 1 frozen, large very ripe banana,  cut into chunks
  • 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 3 large organic dates, chopped

Now do this
  • Pour milk into blender. 
  • Add in all the other ingredients.  
  • Whip all ingredients until fully incorporated, about a minute depending on your blender.
  • Taste and adjust flavorings.




4 Reasons Why This Chocolate Milk Recipe Makes Such a Healthy Snack

The recipe above has so many good-for-you ingredients and smart reasons to enjoy it and here is why I say it:

1.  Plant-based omega 3s are abundant.  If you use the flax milk, which has a very neutral flavor, it is rich in lignans and omega 3s - both so good and vital for our health, our hormone levels, our cardiovascular system and in so many other ways.

Don't miss this:  The magic of omega 3s for your body and how to get them easily and check out this taste test on flax milk, too.


2.  Cacao powder is a powerful superfood.  Cacao, the bean used for all chocolate, is a great energy source, mood-elevator and it scores very high on various nutrient rating systems making it pack in a lot for each sprinkle.

Don't miss this:  Why you may want to reach for raw cacao powder over cocoa powder.


3.  Dates provide lots of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients.  The high fiber in them helps prevent LDL (bad cholesterol) absorption and is great for your digestion, too.  Dates are so naturally sweet, no added unrefined sugar is necessary to fill that sweet tooth in this recipe.


4.  It is restorative after a session at the gym.  This is a great post workout drink to sip.  You work hard to get fit and the protein content in this drink (from the hemp seeds as well as the cacao powder) is a good match for replenishing your tired muscles and the water content helps prevent dehydration, too.

Don't miss this: Here is the study backing up this choice as a good one for after your time at the gym.



So, any more ideas of what to eat after a workout to replenish or do your children have a favorite healthy after school snack to add here?



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21 comments:

  1. I really have to get into the flax seed more... I know how healthy they are for you... Lately I have found that since I have incorporated more protein in my diet that I am feeling stronger... This sounds like a tasty recipe xox

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    1. Flax is wonderful for so many things and there are many forms of it. Do give the flax milk a try and it can be used for everything that regular milk is used for. Thanks for coming by, Launna!

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  2. You make that sound so nice. I have not heard of flax milk, I will have to look for it.
    Kathleen
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    1. Do try it, Kathleen, It is a healthy choice!

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  3. This looks so good! I have been considering eliminating dairy, so I am saving/pinning this recipe!

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    1. There are so many other non-cows' milk choices now, Karia, that is not as difficult as it sounds. Good luck and hope you like the chocolate "milk!"

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  4. Flax milk is now on the grocery list! Looks great...thanks for the recipe.

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  5. That milks sounds really good. Never had flax milk.

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    1. It is and so healthy. Filling, too, which I forgot to mention.

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  6. Yum!! I've made some kind of similar smoothies with almond milk, banana, and cocoa but I've never tried flax milk!

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    1. Sounds like a new product to many that have added in here, Liz. Hope you get to try and it and see what you think!

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  7. This is a great way to trick my hubby into trying non-dairy milk-- which I use for myself. My family should love this chocolate treat! I'll have to make this soon! Thank you for sharing this healthy and delectable non-dairy chocolate milk recipe--with all of my favorite ingredients--at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I'm pinning and sharing. I can't wait to see what you share with us next!

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    1. Good luck sneaking in the switch. I gamble he will never know, but it will do his body good! Thanks for coming by, Deborah.

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  8. Ohhh I really like the sound of this. Yummy. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  9. We eat dates pretty much every day. It's so good for the body and tastes delicious.
    Thank you so much for sharing it.
    #tiptuesday

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    1. I agree! They are fantastic and can be used in so many dishes to add that hit of sweet!

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    2. I agree! They are fantastic and can be used in so many dishes to add that hit of sweet!

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  10. Health with taste sounds yum! Pre and post workout nutrition both plays very important role for getting good results. Going to try this!

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    1. I do hope you do! It is simple, healthy and a great way to end a workout!

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