Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Why Every Athlete Should Drink Hot Chocolate

It is January. It is cold.

You rode outside anyway,

Now you can't feel your toes.

The best reward on such a winter's day?

A cup of Hot Chocolatey goodness. Hip Hip Horray!

Seriously, hot chocolate is a food of the gods. So you deserve it! As your third grade teacher probably told you, Aztec leader Moctezuma served this sacred drink in a golden goblet. We're sure that tastes just dandy, but if you must use a paper cup, that's fine, too.

"But I can't eat chocolate, I'm training!"

Ok, silly person. Hot chocolate can be served in many ways. And if you're afraid your 8 oz paper cup full of seratonin-releasing pleasure will go straight to your thighs, there's diet and sugar-free types out there, too. (You wuss.)

So grab your favorite hot chocolate (Ghirardelli individual packets highly recommended), and enjoy. Here's why:

  • it's cold outside. Hot chocolate is hot. Cold outside + hot chocolate inside = 1 warm you.

  • if you mix the mix with skim milk, you get a nice helping of protein and calcium for the day. Calcium + serotonin release = 1 happy you.

  • it's hard to get up when it's cold and dark. But it's much easier if you get a reward afterward! Early morning wake up call + hot chocolate incentive = 1 intense, quality workout.

  • and, of course, it tastes delicious. Hot chocolate + taste buds = a very happy you and your tummy -> a very productive you at work -> more money to buy triathlon gear.

So there you have it. A cup of hot chocolate can make you happier, healthier, fitter, and richer. So what are you waiting for?

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