this week, i will be bringing you a series of posts about the benefits of drinking milk. i have partnered with Milk Life to help parents become aware of some important findings about the benefits of their kids drinking milk. i was able to attend a meeting with Registered Dietitian, Holley Grainger, who shared about theses benefits along with research provided from the American Academy of Pediatrics and MilkPEP. i had no idea that milk had so many nutritional benefits for kids.
as a mom, i know the importance of providing healthy food that is high in protein and nutrition for my children. this is especially important during the busy back-to-school season. unfortunately getting my boys to eat the healthy food i provide them, is not always easy. most days, all i can get them to eat in the morning is a few bites of toast and a cup of milk. after hearing some of the benefits of kids drinking milk, i feel better that they are at least getting a nutritious drink before they head out to a busy day at school.
currently, there is a big gap in the nutrition kids are getting nowadays. many kids are falling short on important nutrients including calcium, vitamin D and potassium. these are key nutrients that are found in milk. a lot of families have changed their diets from drinking milk to alternatives such as fortified drinks, soy or almond milk. the problem is, that these alternatives don't provide the same nutrients found in milk.
The Benefits of Drinking Milk
• Milk is the top food source for three of the four nutrients most likely to be missing from kids’ diets – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
• Milk is a great way for kids to get their bone-building nutrients
• Milk provides 9 essential nutrients in each glass, milk is a delicious, easy and affordable way to give your kids protein plus other nutrients they need
• An 8-ounce glass of milk has 8 grams of high-quality protein.
• At just about 25 cents a glass, milk is one of the most affordable ways to give your kids nutritious protein. penny for penny, when it comes to protein, other sources like fish or beef can’t compare.
• An 8-ounce glass of dairy milk provides 8 times more protein than a glass of almond milk.
• Milk is a choice you can feel good about serving to your family. from the farm to the dairy plant to the grocery store, milk is one of safest foods you can buy.
these are all great things to remember when it comes to making decisions in our children's nutrition. when it comes to milk, make sure to check the label on your milk to ensure you know what you’re getting. real milk’s ingredient list is short — simply milk and vitamins D and A. plus, dairy milk is a nutrient powerhouse...it naturally provide many nutrients, including protein, calcium and potassium, compared to other plant-based milks, like almond milk, which provides no nutrients naturally.
the saying is true, Milk Does the Body Good!
i have little control on what my boys eat at school. just because i pack them a nutritious lunch, doesn't mean they eat it. sometimes i open up their lunch boxes after school, and most of the food i packed is still in them. dinner time can be just as rough. i want it to be a calming, and positive time of the day where our family has some quality time together. i don't want dinnertime spent fighting over getting the kids to eat. so often times i have a bedtime snack with Vann, my pickiest eater, to get a few more calories into him. this always consists of a big glass of milk and a few graham crackers. he always tells me that graham crackers and milk taste so good together...so we started giving him them for a treat at bedtime. little does he know how many nutrients he is getting from that big glass of milk.
not only that, it is the perfect ending to each day, spending one-on-one time with him in the quiet kitchen.
i will be sharing more about the benefits of drinking milk this week, along with a giveaway in each of the posts! so be sure to check back and enter each of them. you could win a month of FREE milk...that would be awesome. or head over to MilkLife.com for more milk information and recipes.
My family definitely loves milk the tip that surprised me the most was that an 8 ounce glass provides 8 times more protein than a glass of almond milk. You learn something new everyday though ♡
I had no idea milk also had potassium! Awesome!
Thank you for the tips! I am raising twin identical boys who drink at least 2 gallons of milk per week! I was surprised to learn that milk is the top food source for three of the four nutrients most likely to be missing from kids’ diets – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
I haven't had a glass of milk in years, but between my kids and husband, we go through 4 gallons a week. We used to have it delivered each week, but had to stop when it got to be too much money...oh how I miss those days.
An 8-ounce glass of dairy milk provides 8 times more protein than a glass of almond milk?!
I've never really done the math, so it was interesting to learn that "At just about 25 cents a glass, milk is one of the most affordable ways to give your kids nutritious protein. penny for penny, when it comes to protein, other sources like fish or beef can’t compare."
I didn't realize milk had that much protein. My son Jack loves milk and I'm so glad because I'm not a fan.
I love milk and I drink at least 4 cups a day. My kids...not so much but we're working on it. The fact that most surprised me is " An 8-ounce glass of dairy milk provides 8 times more protein than a glass of almond milk"
That regular milk 8 ounce provides 8 more proteins then almond milk
milk is the top food source
most affordable way to get nutrition
milk is one of the safest foods you can buy
People are always saying "humans are the only mammal that drinks milk after they are weened"...Well humans are the smartest mammals too and we grew up on milk for every meal. I do believe it is very good for you. Growing children need it for their bones and muscles. (and cinnamon graham crackers and milk are the best.
We all love milk in our family, what surprised me the most was that it has more protein than almond milk, cuz you hear so much about how almond milk is good for you.
the fact that surprises me most is that An 8-ounce glass of dairy milk provides 8 times more protein than a glass of almond milk
I was surprised that an 8-ounce glass of dairy milk provides 8 times more protein than a glass of almond milk.
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This was a good fact An 8-ounce glass of dairy milk provides 8 times more protein than a glass of almond milk. Thanks for the chance.
I would have to say this one surprised me the most : An 8-ounce glass of dairy milk provides 8 times more protein than a glass of almond milk.
I was surprised to learn that Milk is the top food source for three of the four nutrients most likely to be missing from kids’ diets – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
The almond milk fact was probably the most surprising of the list...
I could definitely use more milk in my house!
I was really surprised at the disparity in protein. I have a T1D and two lactose intolerant kids. My fridge always has 4 different types of milk: milk, lactaid, soy, and almond. I knew there was a protein difference I just didn't realize how large it was. I spend a lot of money on our families milk. Another milk fact, milk has more sugar than almond milk or soy. For a regular person it's not too much sugar but for a T1D it would be a 1/3 of their carbs per meal to have an 8oz. Glass.
Milk and More
Good work, the benefits of milk that you have shared are very impressive. I also think that Milk is not only good for children but also it's good for adults too. Milk reduces the chance of developing osteoporosis in adults.