Silky Chocolate for a Cold Winter Day

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Drinking chocolate milk after a workout can be as good as or better than a sports drink. On a cold day, a little heat can spice it up.

The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism reported that the beverage helps athletes recover from strenuous exercise. Chocolate milk has carbs and protein, calcium and vitamin D, and other nutrients useful for active adults and children, and is recommended for consumption within 30 minutes after a workout.

It didn’t take much to convince me, so now I treat myself to a glass of chocolate Silk after every run. I figure since I get my dairy protein in other forms, I enjoy the soy protein post-run.

On a cold day, after exercise or snow play, the milk can be made into a hot chocolate treat, using the recipe below. 

For this recipe and more Silk recipes, click here

Mexican Hot Chocolate from Silk

2 cups Silk, any flavor except Unsweetened (I used chocolate)

3 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. vanilla

dash of cayenne (optional) 

In a small saucepan bring Silk to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk in chocolate and continue to cook until chocolate is melted and fully incorporated. Remove from heat and whisk in cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne. Pour into two warm mugs. Top with cinnamon or chocolate sprinkles.

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