Wednesday, July 22, 2009

According to a new survey conducted by the national Milk Council, more than 1,000 moms across the U.S. reported fruit drinks and slushies among their children's top summertime drinks. With 84% of Moms looking for healthy beverage alternatives, it's even more important to creatively incorporate milk into meals and snack times. An eight-ounce serving of milk costs less than 25 cents on a gallon basis. Plus, milk provides more nutrients per penny than almost any other beverage option in the supermarket. Knowing this, how can we as moms not consider summery smoothies in lieu of high-sugar beverages?

In addition to ensuring our kids absorb their vitamin D during the summer months, milk also delivers eight other essential nutrients. Just because the temperature rises outside doesn't mean we have to sacrifice nutrition for sugary lemonades, soda or sports drinks. These store-bought options also usually prove high in hidden calories. Milk proves a healthy essential that fits easily into my family's daily summer routine. For this reason, the national Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign presents healthy tips, recipes and snack ideas to get your kids excited about drinking their milk during summer on

Milk is not a favorite drink at our house but we understand how important is for our children so we were thrilled when Mom Central introduced us to WhyMilk. WhyMilk offers tons of recipes that include MILK. They offer a great selection of yummy recipes. They have recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even smoothies!! I was able to find something that my picky son even likes :)
One of our favorite recipes from whymilk:

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Serves 2
1 Cup fat free milk
1/2 Cup ice
2 bananas
1 1/2 Cups strawberries
1 1/2 teaspoons honey

Besides tasting great, this combination of fruit and milk makes for a nutrient powerhouse of a smoothie! It's packed with essential nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D from milk, and the fruit also provides fiber.


bigguysmama said...

We are huge milk drinkers! I remember entering a contest in the early '90's from the Dairy council with myself and my daughter's using 3 straws to drink out of a gallon of milk. :)

~Mimi B
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