Pros: Inexpensive, almost as good as a multi-vitamin but a drink mix
Cons: Only three flavors
Remember that chocolatey rich creamy and sometimes frothy if you shaked it vigorously, powdered stuff mom put into your milk and turned it luscious brown ? You couldn’t wait to taste its sweet and scrumptious flavor while eating just about anything, as a kid. Well I am talking about Ovaltine, the rich chocolate drink mix chock full of fortifying 12 different vitamins and minerals. It does a kids body good but for us older folks, well Ovaltine is NOT the preferred beverage mix.
I am nearing 43 and love chocolate, heck who doesn’t, right ? But, I must tell you that the indulgence of having Ovaltine drink mix in organic milk is not always the ‘kid surprise’. There is a lot of minerals and vitamins in here and if you already take a multi-vitamin or any other herbal supplements like wild yam for hot flashes, kava kava for insomnia, or even Burdock for cleansing--don’t drink more than a glass every two weeks using the recommended four tablespoons because you will get a ‘potassium’ overload.
A little is good for you but more than your body can eliminate in one week can be dangerous. For women over thirty, it might cause early hot flashes; for teenage girls it may make menstrual cramps worse and especially for women over 40 it will make those migraines reach unbelievable intolerable levels. Why ? The high percentage of Biotin (30% with 1 cup fat free milk) and Pantothenic Acid (B5) cannot be metabolized especially when our hormone levels are whacked already by a variety of causes.
For the kids, this stuff is quite the essential added flavor to milk, which is yuck to some of my nieces and nephews, because it mixes well, is not gritty and tastes fabulous ! Moms can appreciate the very detailed ingredients and values of each mineral and vitamin on the back panel. It reads like this :
Nutrition Facts: Serving size= 4 Tbsp (21 g) 16 servings in 12oz (340 g) cannister
Calories fat=80 with 1 cup fat free milk=170
Total fat=0 with 1 cup fat free milk=0
O fat calories with 1 cup fat free milk=0%
Saturated fat=0 is 0% w/ 1 cup fat free milk= 0%
Trans fat=0 is 0% w/ 1 cup fat free milk=0%
Cholesterol=0mg w/1 cup fat free milk=2%
Sodium 140 mg=6% w/1 cup fat free milk=10%
Total Carbohydrate 19 g=6% w/ 1cup fat free milk=10%
Dietary Fiber 0 g=0% w/1 cup fat free milk=0%
Sugars 18 g no percents on either given
Proteins <1 g (less than 1 gram) ? %
Ingredients: Serving size= 4 Tbsp (21 g) 16 servings in 12oz (340 g) cannister
Sugar, Alkalized Cocoa, Whey (from milk), and 1.5% or less of: Salt, Carrageenan, Mono- and Diglycerides, Artificial Vanilla Flavor (in a chocolate drink ?--yep !), Yellow 6, Red 40 and Blue 1. (The last three ingredients are probably what creates excessive gas in the digestive tract and a very heavy-tired achy feeling if you drink more than three glasses a week and are over 35. Just don’t do it, trust me on this !)
Minerals/Vitamins: 4 Tbsp (21 g) 16 servings in 12oz (340 g) cannister (the first number is just the mix; second number is with 1 cup fat free milk added)--
Vitamin A= 10%, 20%--Vitamin C= 15%, 20%--Calcium= 4%, 35%--Iron=20%, 20%-- Vitamin D= 0%, 25%--Vitamin E= 40%, 40%--Thiamin (B1)=15%, 25%--Riboflavin (B2)--0%, 25%--Niacin=20%, 20%--Vitamin B6=15%, 20%--Vitamin B12=6%, 20%--Biotin=30%, 30%--Pantothenic Acid (B5)=15%, 25%--Phosphorus=4%, 30%--Magnesium=15%, 25%--Zinc=15%, 25%--Copper=20%, 20%
Wow with all those good for you things, no wonder an adult body can be running to a nearby bathroom all night. Otherwise, the little ones are well covered and it gets them to drink milk which is necessary for strong bones and teeth. It is very inexpensive at regular grocery stores and Dollar Stores favor the generic, equally-delicious powdered drink mix also available in Malt and Strawberry (this one is way too artificially flavored and colored for my taste).
The price of this 12oz cannister varies between grocery, dollar general and convenient stores. I would say anywhere from $3.50 to about $5.50 per cannister is as much or as little as you should pay for this. It goes a long way and has a reasonably long shelf life, especially if stored in a cool, dry place. The pantry or away from kitchen steam is best. I prefer to drink it cold but it can be warmed in steamed milk since it dissolves very well. Try it instead of cocoa mixes with lots more sugar.
So what are you waiting for? If the cow is boring, add a little colored yummy mix and voila a chocolaty surprise !