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.  The coffee 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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3 Responses to Honey Milk Review

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  2. Caren says:

    Thanks for a good, informative review–I have heard great things about Honey Milk. Just an FYI–Hershey’s Chocolate Milk is made with sugar (not HFCS), and is available in the shelf stable 8 oz cartons that you can purchase in the market, 6 for $2.99, a considerably cheaper option than Honey Milk.

    • jasonmkehl says:

      Oh, good to know Caren, thank you. I was going by the Prairie Farms Chocolate Milk that I used to pick up on the way home from my runs. It is a considerably cheaper option than Honey Milk, but Honey Milk has casein protein as well as other nutrients that might not be found in Hershey’s. To an extent, you get what you pay for. In a pinch, though, that is a very viable option. Thanks for the comment!


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