Got Chocolate Milk?  Thankfully, no I don’t.   I can’t even fathom how Hines Ward is slugging down all of that mucus-y goop in preparation for his quest in Kona in a couple of weeks. Seriously, have you ever looked at the ingredients in some of these self-proclaimed health/recovery beverages? I wish that the kale industry had the same marketing as the dairy industry heavy sigh.

A bottle of Chocolate elixir. 16 ounces; 100 calories and 0 grams of sugar. Oh yeah, did I mention that it tastes incredible?

I don’t have chocolate milk, but I’ve got my hands on something much better. I was cruising Whole Foods in Del Mar yesterday (not exactly shocking news as I am there probably 5 times a week). For those of you not in the know, Fridays from about 11 a.m.-3 p.m. are the best time to be in Whole Foods as various vendors set up tables of tasty treats and products for the shoppers to enjoy.  Move over Costco (and all of your crappy processed food samples), Whole Foods has one up on you.

Darin from Rau was there sampling his raw cacao energy beverage. Cold pressed, unsweetened (just to compare, an 8 ounce serving of Safeway brand chocolate milk has about 28 grams of sugar and 280 calories;  whereas Rau has 50 calories and 0 grams sugar for the same size serving). The ingredients are simple:  Raw cacao powder and butter; vanilla beans, sea salt, quillaia and spices.  Quillaia, also known as Chinese bark, serves as an emulsifier.   Rau is vegan, raw and Paleo-friendly.  Don’t expect sweet—but expect a true, high quality chocolate flavor with a cinnamon spice nuance.

Darin the co-owner of Rau. He’s serving up samples at the Del Mar Wholefoods (which BTW is the next best thing in Del Mar after Dog Beach)

Next time that you are searching for a pick-me-up, forgo the Starbucks and grab a bottle of Rau instead.  The flavor is amazing and the health benefits are fantastic.   I’m thrilled to have something like Rau on the market.

Update on my post PRP –I jumped on the trainer 3 days after procedure and both Thursday and Friday I executed 1 hour EZ spins in addition to a Core 40 class both days.  Today the achilles area seems really good and I’m walking almost normally.  The forced off season is kinda fun but I’m looking forward to getting back in shape.