As part of my return to dieting and exercise and working out at the gym this week, I’ve been searching for healthy alternatives to things I normally enjoy. One of those is a chocolate milk each morning at my desk, which I usually consume with breakfast.
I’ve seen Muscle Milk next to my regular Prairie Farms milk in the grocery store and service station and decided to give one a try. It’s made by a company called CytoSport. I Googled it to try to learn what the positives and negatives of it were. It’s advertised as a Protein Nutrition Shake and actually contains NO milk despite the name. It’s lactose free and contains 25g of protein.
Most Q&A sites I visited said it’s not a good alternative if you want to lose weight. While the 25 g of protein is good, a 14 oz bottle of the chocolate flavor contains 240 calories, 430mg of sodium, 1090mg of potassium, and 14g carbs. The (healthy) carbs and the protein will actually help you gain weight by way of muscle. More muscle means I can burn fat better, but right now I’d rather see the weight loss results.
Checking out the Nutrition facts on the bottle, I did notice one bottle also contains 25% of each of the following: Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamin D, Thiamin, Niacin, Fotale, Biotin, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Copper, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, and Zinc. Wow!
The bottle also advertises this: “Muscle Milk is an ideal blend of protein, healthy fats, good cardohydrates, and 20 vitamins and minerals to provide sustained energy, spur lean muscle growth and help provide recovery from tough days and tougher workouts.” This pretty much convinced me NOT to drink this in the morning, but it might be a good pick-me-up right after my workout. I was also impressed with their 7 day weight loss menu plan at their website. It focuses on protein and fiber to help you lose weight, and incorporates just 1 Muscle Milk a day.
As for the flavor of the chocolate one, it’s not bad. It definitely has a rich chocolately flavor. If you’ve ever drank a Slim Fast then you will recognize the almost medicinal taste it leaves in your mouth after you swallow it. It’s not a lingering bad flavor, but all nondairy nutrient drinks like Slim Fast or Ensure seem to have that in common. It’s also available as a nutrition bar and in larger powder formula containers.
What do I not like about it? The price. It was $2.99 per bottle at my regular convenience store, and I think it was only a few cents cheaper at my local grocery store. At this price, I can’t afford a bottle every day but may consider it as an “after workout” treat three days a week.