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How Does Your Milk Stack Up?

Did you know not all “milk” is created equal?  Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen will show how milk alternatives stack up in nutrients plus share which one is nature’s sports drink!

Milk is:

  • A natural source of amino acids – the building blocks of protein which are needed for building and repairing muscle tissues
  • Scientifically shown to refuel and rebuild tired muscles with the right carb-to-protein ratio
  • Supportive of healthy immune systems with vitamin A
  • Filled with electrolytes to replenish sweat losses
  • Filled with B vitamins to help muscles metabolize food energy into fuel
  • A source of fluid to rehydrate the body
  • The leading source of calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones

Chocolate milk makes the perfect post-workout drink.  Get the most energy back into your muscles by refueling with chocolate milk 15 to 30 minutes after your workout and again two hours later.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake

Serves 1

All you need:
1 cup chocolate milk
½ cup frozen banana slices
1 tablespoon peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

All you do:
Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth and creamy.  Serve in a tall glass or on-the-go container.
Nutrition Facts per Serving: 270 calories, 9 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 35 grams carbohydrates, 3 gram fiber, 15 grams protein, 35% calcium.

Source: Midwest Dairy Association

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.