BLOG: Did you know that chocolate milk is the official drink of Halloween? Dubbed as nutrition in disguise, chocolate milk seems to be the perfect haunted holiday treat.
Chocolate milk offers the same nine essential nutrients as white milk, yet is masked by the ever-popular Halloween favorite: chocolate. While flavored milks do carry more sugar than traditional milk, studies show that children who drink chocolate milk consume fewer soft drinks and fruit drinks. In fact, children who drink chocolate milk actually consume less fat and sugar in their overall diet. And because all milk is packed with vitamins and minerals, these children also consume more calcium, vitamin D, protein and phosphorus than those who choose soda or juice.
The official Halloween drink can also be a healthy substitute for chocolate-lovers of all ages. With candy bars available in nearly every household, the sweet flavor of chocolate milk serves as the perfect substitute to satisfy your sweet tooth while providing important nutrients. One serving of chocolate milk also has 8g of hunger-preventing protein, which may be enough to prevent parents from raiding the hidden supply of Halloween candy.
And just like white milk, Stewart’s fresh, low-fat chocolate milk contains more vitamins and minerals than brands that have been stored longer on the shelf. The important nutrients found inside your Halloween drink are sensitive temperature and because Stewart’s milk is pasteurized, rather than ultra-pasteurized, milk is not exposed to temperatures that can damage its nutrition. This also leaves milk tasting extra fresh and creamy! And finally, Stewart’s chocolate milk is made with heart-healthy low-fat (1%) milk. In fact a one cup serving of chocolate milk has only 3g of fat; that’s 10g less than a traditional chocolate bar!
So as Halloween creeps closer, serve your child chocolate milk to help them store up on the nutrients they need before the big night. And by serving Stewart’s chocolate milk rather than another bite-size candy bar, you are helping the holiday spirit by keeping nutrition “in disguise.”
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.