What do you think is the healthiest way to serve chocolate milk to a toddler?

Use the chocolate syrup, powder or buy it pre-mixed?

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We have a 2 year old addicted to Chocolate milk. We have found that as long as it is chocolaty she is happy.

So we give her chocolate instant breakfast powder in her milk (not a full serving though). She is happy and is getting some vitamins with the chocolaty addition.

However, it is still high in sugar, so you don't want to make it the only beverage consumed (especially not more than water).

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+1, very clever! I'll have to try that, especially since the breakfast drink mix comes in strawberry and "pink" milk is my 3 year olds favorite treat.

(17 Jul '10, 03:04) Neen

To me, the downside of chocolate milk is the high level of sugar. A healthy way to use any of the mixes would be to use less than the recommended amount. The milk tastes chocolatey, but it's adding less sugar.

Another option would be to mix your own, using cocoa powder and sugar.

I've made my own hot chocolate mix (which also includes dried milk and creamer). It takes longer than the store-bought mix to dissolve completely, although if I was using a sippy cup, I bet I could shake it into chocolatey goodness quickly.

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+1 great advice for using less than the amount recommended!

(19 Jul '10, 06:06) Emi

If you go the premixed route, you can pour a little bit in the cup (1/4 to 1/2 the normal amount) then top it up with your regular choice of white milk. The premixed stuff is usually a little strong for my taste, and since it can also be expensive, this method also makes it last longer.

With the syrup, my parents set a limit of 1 - 2 spoonfuls per glass and that was plenty of chocolate.

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