It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
The holidays are a glorious time where we can come together with friends and family to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. This can pose an issue for your fitness and nutrition goals though. So, how do you enjoy the holidays without ditching your goals? You’ve asked and I’ve answered! I will take it question by question to help you navigate the holidays. Here is question number one.
Is it Healthier to use Water or Milk in Your Hot Chocolate?
The question of what is healthy or unhealthy is one that commonly comes up when discussing fitness and nutrition. The problem is, that it can be hard to answer because everyone has their own dietary needs. If someone is lactose intolerant, then water is the correct answer. To answer this question, I’m going to observe how each can have their benefit during the holidays, depending on your goal.
The main benefit of water over milk is that water doesn’t contain any extra calories. Water can be paired with a lower calorie hot chocolate mix (one that is only 25 calories), and the drink in total would be 25 calories. This is fairly easy to fit into your day, particularly if your goal is weight loss and you are on a lower calorie diet plan. Mixing your hot chocolate with water instead of milk is an excellent way to keep your calories low, while still enjoying the holidays.
There is one major benefit that milk has over water. Milk has nutrients, such as calcium and protein. You can opt for 2% or Nonfat milk to boost your protein levels for the day. If you are a dairy drinker, then mixing lowfat milk into your hot chocolate can provide these benefits. The drawback of milk is that it contains calories. 1 cup of 2% milk contains 124 calories. Even if you mix it with a lower calorie hot chocolate mix, you will still be consuming around 150 calories in a beverage that isn’t going to necessarily fill you up. Mixing milk into your hot chocolate can be a great option when you have the calories to spare though.
Milk and water both have their benefits, depending on your goal. If your goal is to lose weight, then stick with water to keep your calories low. If your goal is weight gain or maintenance, then a low fat milk will be a good option to add nutrients into your hot chocolate.