Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Horizon Organic® Lowfat Chocolate Milk Plus DHA Omega-3 - Nutrition for Kids & Post-Workout Recovery Beverage for Adults - Review & Giveaway

I love foods that are both healthy AND a yummy treat. A good example of this is Horizon Organic® Lowfat Chocolate Milk Plus DHA Omega-3. It is a delicious way to add calcium and DHA to your family’s diet. DHA Omega-3 is an important nutrient that helps support heart, brain and eye health.

To get down to the nitty gritty details, DHA belongs to a category of healthy fatty acids known as Omega-3's. Found in high concentrations in the tissues of the brain and eye, DHA Omega-3 is thought to help support healthy function in these areas. DHA has also been shown to help support heart health.

• DHA provides a nutritional boost for children's growing minds and bodies. Children's brains grow incredibly fast. In fact, the brain nearly quadruples in the first five years of life.

• DHA is a key structural component of the brain, yet many young children don't get their recommended daily amount of DHA as it is found in a limited number of food sources.

For adults, chocolate milk can be a great choice for a post-workout recovery beverage.

  • A 2006 study showed that low fat milk was as effective at post-exercise rehydration as sports drinks
  • Because of the natural carb:pro ratio in flavored milks, low fat chocolate milk is an effective post-exercise recovery beverage. (The appropriate carb:pro ratio for improving endurance performance is about 4:1 However, effective ranges can vary from 2:1 and up to 5:1.)
  • Consuming carbohydrate and protein post workout has been shown to:
  • o Enhance muscle glycogen formation
    o Promote a hormonal environment that encourages muscle growth
    o Promote muscle protein production
    o May lessen immune-suppressive effects due of intense exercise
Horizon sent me coupons to try Horizon Organic® Lowfat Chocolate Milk Plus DHA Omega-3 for myself. It has been a while since I have drank chocolate milk. Since I live "out in the sticks" it took some hunting for me to find it in my local stores. (Luckily by the second time I tried our local grocery store they were carrying it.) I took it home and got it nice and cold in the fridge. YUM! I was surprised at how smooth and delicious it was. Considering that one cup has 170 calories and 3 grams of fat (2 saturated), and it contains all those healthy nutrients, I think it is a good treat/dessert choice. If you have any trouble finding it in your store (like I did) you can use their Store Locator.

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Giveaway: Two lucky Jinxy Knows Best readers will each win 2 coupons for a free half gallon of the Horizon Organic lowfat Chocolate Milk with DHA Omega-3 and 2 coupons for $1 off a half gallon (for a total of 4 coupons each). To enter, you must be a follower of Jinxy Knows Best. Then just fill out the entry form below with your name and e-mail address.

Rules: All entries must be received by 11:59 PM CST 3/12/10. One entry per person, except for extra entries (see below). Entrants must be at least 18 years old and reside within the United States. Winner must respond to the winning e-mail within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected.

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Disclosure: I received free coupons for Horizon Organic lowfat Chocolate Milk with DHA Omega-3 to review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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