This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Real California Milk, however all opinions are my own.
One of the best parts of the day is when Sammy gets home from school. I'm super busy all day but I always try to make time to sit with her once she gets in so we can chat about her day. This is when she has her after school snack, so it's a perfect time for us to sit together and go over anything she wants to talk about. She's always got a few stories she wants to share about her friends or teacher, or maybe she wants to talk about plans for the weekend. Believe me, she's a talker and there is always something on her mind. It's nice to sit and chat while sharing a few snacks with a glass of milk. The snack menu during these chats doesn't vary a whole lot because Sammy is super picky and will only eat a few things. Milk is a given, but with flavoring, and then there is always cheese and/or yogurt. Sometimes I wonder if her snacks are giving her enough of the nutrients her body needs.
As a mom who wants to allow her child to eat the few things she loves, and who is concerned about her getting enough nutrients, I had a lot of questions. I wasn't sure how many dairy servings per day to give her, or if her love for strawberry and chocolate milk was impeding with her getting nutrition from milk. One cup of whole California Milk contains nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high-quality protein per serving, which is important to kids, moms and dads.
I have found that Sammy likes cottage cheese and we go back and forth between a bowl of that and cheese snacks. And now I know we can continue our after school snack of chocolate or strawberry milk without me feeling like the worst parent ever.
Tips for getting kids to drink milk:
Make it fun: buy a cute cup or some fun curly straws, a lot of times it's all about presentation. Just like we have those cute mugs for our coffee & tea, our kids need a cute cup for their milk that might make them more eager to drink up.
Flavor it up: add chocolate or strawberry flavors, or you can buy the pre-flavored milk too. If this is the only way they will drink milk, then add the flavor.
Serve it with something sweet: milk and cookies or a brownie with cookies are always a hit. Partnering milk with a sweet sure makes it more delicious.
Make a smoothie: We love to make smoothies and this is a way that Sammy loves her milk. Buy bananas, strawberries and other berries and make a yummy smoothie!
We all know how important milk is for our kids. But there are a lot of families in California who don't have the means to give their kids enough. Milk is one of the most-requested nutrition staples at food banks, but out of the more than 377 million meals served by California food banks each year, the facilities are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person each year. California Dairy Families want to share their love for real California food and dairy. To help those who need nutritious California milk, California’s more than 1,400 dairy farm families have pledged $100,000 in matching milk donations to the Great American Milk Drive–equal to 20,000 gallons or 320,000 servings of milk–through the end of the year. People can donate one gallon of milk for just $5 at www.MilkLife.com/Give. $100,000 of total California milk donations made by the end-of-the-year will be matched by California Dairy Families. If you enter your zip code donations will help your local California food bank.
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