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Honey Milk Review

In an effort to find a suitable recovery drink for post-run nutrition, I’ve tried many things. I’ve used chocolate milk, Gatorade Recovery 03, and protein powder shakes.  All have pros and cons to them.  While I love chocolate milk, finding some that do not have high fructose corn syrup is difficult.  Albeit, chocolate milk is cheap, easy to find, and tastes great.  Gatorade Recovery 03 is expensive and tastes bad.  I’ve tried it 2 or 3 times to the tune of $3-4 a piece.  I just don’t have that kind of money to spend on something that tastes so bad.  Protein powder shakes are economical when purchased in bulk, but lack the convenience of something pre-made and easy to stash in your car or duffel bag.  Also, if you don’t mix them correctly, they can be quite chalky.  What I do love about protein powder is the fact that I can get some with a mix of whey and casein proteins.  For those who don’t know, whey protein is quickly absorbed into the body.  Within an hour of digestion, whey protein has been used in protein synthesis or oxidation.  Good for a quick recovery for your taxed muscles.  Casein protein, on the other hand, has much slower absorption and helps regulate amino acids in the blood stream.  Both have their benefits.

Enter Honey Milk.  I talked to a representative of Honey Milk on Twitter about wanting to try it out.  Unfortunately they don’t have a local retailer in the St. Louis area.  Honey Milk offered to send me a sample case to try them out for review.  The case came with a mixture of flavors in both their normal version as well as their “Light” offerings.  I saved them for post-run nutrition.

Here’s the nutritional facts for Honey Milk:

Regular Honey or Vanilla flavored 11.5oz Honey Milk

Vanilla Honey Milk:

240 calories, (30 from fat)

Total Fat: 3.5g (2g Saturated Fat, 0 Trans Fat)

Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 120mg, Potassium 340mg

Total Carbohydrates 26g (Sugars 26g)

Protein 26g (contains both Casein and Whey)

Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin D 40%, Calcium 80%

Ingredients: Filtered lowfat milk, cane sugar, honey, vanilla, lactase enzyme, sodium polyphosphate, carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate & Vitamin D3

The honey flavor has slightly less potassium.

As for the Light flavors (Coffee and Chocolate) same size (11.5oz)

Chocolate Light Honey Milk:

150 calories (30 from fat)

Total Fat: 3.5g (2g Saturated Fat, 0 Trans Fat)

Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 140mg, Potassium 750mg

Total Carbohydrates 14g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 11g)

Protein 20g (contains both Casein and Whey)

Vitamin A 15% • Vitamin D 40% • Calcium 60%

Ingredients: Filtered lowfat milk, cocoa processed with alkali, cane sugar, honey, vanilla, lactase enzyme, sodium polyphosphate, carrageenan, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, Vitamin A Palmitate & Vitamin D3

The chocolate also has the added benefit of antioxidants from dark chocolate.  Thecoffee has caffeine (as well as antioxidants) but has lower potassium and no dietary fiber.

I, personally, love all of the flavors.  Chocolate is a bit rich for me, but I’m not a huge cocoa fan anyways.  The vanilla and honey taste like a thin milk shake.  None of them have the chalky taste that you have to stomach with protein powder shakes.  Honey Milk also is free of the nasty high fructose corn syrup, which is always a good thing!  Check your local stores and ask if they carry Honey Milk.  If they don’t, no fear.  You can easily order from their website http://www.honeymilk.com/store.  A case of 12 of any of the flavors is $34.99.  For the math-impared, that is less than $3 per shake.  While it might not be necessary for your mid-week miles, after a long run, your body will appreciate the clean energy and protein boost.  While it is hard to measure the post-run “feeling” of recovery when trying out a new product, I do believe that Honey Milk helped my muscle fatigue following my last half marathon.  Now, if they only had an elixir for plantar fasciitis….

 

 

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Pre-Run:
Well, this weekend I decided to be an off weekend for me. No diet, no running. My leg was still bothering me after Friday morning’s run, and it was Father’s Day. So I ate St. Louis Bread Company, licorice at the movies, pizza, bbq, ice cream, hell, I had a little of everything. But now it’s Monday. I got it out of my system, now it’s back on the clock. It’s a little after 4 am, and I’m getting some breakfast in me before my walk/run. I don’t know that my calf will allow me to run or not, so I plan on just taking it easy. I don’t want to push it any further than I already have and get hurt worse. We shall see.

Post-Run
I should entitle this part as “Post-Walk.” Try to run, but my calf was bothering me again. I’m going to give it more time so I don’t mess it up anymore. I guess this will give me some time to try out Jillian Michaels’ “30 day shred” DVD. This sucks. I was building up pretty well in my running routine. I guess I have to expect these kinds of set backs. It will make finishing the half marathon that much better, I suppose. I’ll keep you all posted.

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What a deal!

So McDonald’s is running a promotion right now for their Chicken Nuggets. You can get (gulp) 50 for $9.99. What a deal right? Here’s what you are getting according to

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Ok, so if you read my post about “Food, Inc.”, you’ll know that I’m trying to buy more organic food to get away from the pesticides, additives, and whatnot. If you haven’t read it yet, why not? Organic is healthier, better for you and the environment……. and costly. So, Jackie Pou posted on PBS’s Need to Know website two lists of produce. One list contains the fruits and veggies that you should definitely buy organic due to the large number of pesticides that are used for inorganic farming of them. The other list are foods that do not require the large amount of chemicals to grow. This is required reading people! Check it out!

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/health/the-dirty-dozen-and-clean-15-of-produce/616/

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“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”

This Proverb quote holds so true when it comes to dieting. Sunday night is my planning night. This is the night that I go through my freezer and figure out what’s for dinner for the week. When school is in session, I often use my Sunday nights to grill up a bunch of chicken breasts for dinners throughout the week. Since I’m an advocate of strict calorie counting, use this time to build your food that you will be bringing to work for the week. Plan for eating every 2-3 hours. If you have a long commute, you should take that into account, too, so you’re not tempted to stop at a drive-thru on the way home. If you have the means, go ahead and portion up your dry foods, lunch meat, tuna, grapes, or anything else to save you time in the mornings through the week. This is crucial for me, just in case an alarm doesn’t go off and you are in a rush in the morning. Take the pressure off of yourself for the week.

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I’ll be covering this in a little more depth later this week (hopefully), but here’s just two sides of the story about high fructose corn syrup. The first video is from the corn industry.

And the second video is from Sweet Surprise

I’ll take later about what some of the studies show what effects HFCS has on us and some of the foods that have it. You’ll be surprised….

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