I’m always up for some good, sensible natter about foods and beverages that are of some level of nutritional benefit for people.
The greater the nutritional benefit, the better.
I’m also fascinated that ‘we’ understand that commercially marketed sports drinks come with some nutrients (or ‘nutrients’ in many cases, using the term very loosely) in amounts that are not only of no benefit, but are more likely to be a detriment to human health, yet they still seem to be the go-to drink for kids, and adults, who partake in some level of activity.
Activities like weekend, low grade sports games, and watching footy on the telly.
Whoa, whoa, whoa … back up.
No, I’m not being all judgemental and shit. I’m merely stating an observation. Something I see quite a lot of, and in my opinion the amount of energy and electrolytes worked off in those activities doesn’t need to be replaced by the amount that’s in these energy drinks.
Like, if you’re Usain Bolt or … well, anyone who competed at the recent Olympic games, then maybe you’ll derive some benefit from them. An elite level sportsperson. Someone competing at national, possibly state level, who spends more hours doing intense physical activity than not doing activity.
I know a lot of these top level sportspeople are the face of these beverages, but I really do wonder how many actually drink them? As a serious workout / post workout recovery drink. Like, really? Not just saying they do cos they were paid loads of dosh to do so, then stand their and have their photo taken with said beverage.
I mean, I don’t know. I’m only speculating here. I’m genuinely curious as to whether they actually do or not.
Oh … wait … this is not supposed to be about the Not The Best Energy Drinks for Kids, but instead the Best Energy Drinks for Kids.
To make it even less overwhelming for you, and reduce the number of choices, therefore decisions you have to make, I’ll keep the list to 1.
- Chocolate milk
That’s it. Chocolate milk. Which you can purchase, ready made, in a carton or bottle. My personal favourite, however, is the one you make at home.
Why is this the best?
Well, a number of reasons. See, milk in and of itself already contains a whole bunch of electrolytes, naturally occuring, as well as all essential amino acids that the body requires.
It also contains a few additional – not added, mind you, stuff it already comes with – minerals and stuff, like calcium. Other nutrients your body can use just for being a body, as well as their being useful when it comes to movement, activity, brain power, and the rest of it.
Oh, and protein (which is the amino acid thing, to0).
It has a lower GI than sports drinks, which means the ‘sugar high’ doesn’t occur.
You don’t even need to add the chocolate to it, although that may help with the flavour for some who don’t like the flavour of milk on its own, and for a post workout it has some added extras which help get energy back into the system a little more quickly.
Not just for kids
In hindsight, I’m really not sure why I was focussing on the kids. It’s a good one for adults, too.
It is, in fact, the post-Mad Cow SANE Train (#MadCowSANETrain) beverage of choice, to the point where I crave a great, big, cold drink of chocolate milk when I get homefrom a great big long walk.
I am, in fact, little different post-walk than I am in my morning, pre-coffee state.
In fact, I even have a kitchen appliance used for the sole purpose of making my chocolate milk when needed.
Yes, while people are using the Blitz2Go to blitz up some kale, quinoa and other nutrititious goodies, into some sort of health-based concoction, I’m using mine to make chocolate milk … that’s just how I roll.
Here. I’ve even whipped up a quick and easy recipe for The Best Energy Drink ever … Blitz2Go or no Blitz2Go