It’s not just the soothing memories of a perfect childhood treat either. Chocolate milk is rich in potassium, which is great for muscles that get cramped up–and that’s one of the symptoms of stressed-out living. Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You marks it as one of her top 4 stress relievers at WomensHealth.com. Although you do want to make sure you go with low fat milk.
Opinions are mixed on the health benefits of chocolate milk–especially in large quantities. There’s a lot of sugar and a diabetes epidemic is sweeping the country. But keeping the chocolate milk indulgence to a minimum, it’s probably a good antidote for stress. (Oprah.com thinks so, too.) And in the moment of relaxation as you take your first sip, you’ll probably feel it.