This post is sponsored by got milk? in partnership with local California organizations that educate kids about the importance of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
One of my biggest cravings that I had during my pregnancy was milk. I craved large bowls of cereal in the mornings, a warm glass of milk before I went to bed, and the occasional glass of milk with my dinner, too. It’s funny to say that I loved milk because I was lactose intolerant. But I guess the body and the more importantly the growing baby tells you what it wants and what it needs.
From what I remember from my childhood eating habits, milk was always a constant. It was always something that I remember my mom telling me to drink so I would have strong bones and grow big. As I grew older, I had consumed less milk than my childhood days and I had started drinking soy, or almond milk as an alternative. It’s not the same as real milk, but I didn’t see the value of milk as I do now. As a new parent, I want to teach the importance of a healthy diet to my own daughter so she can have strong bones and grow big, too.
Did you know that imitation milk has up to 12 ingredients, and real milk has 2? During my pregnancy, I grew to love milk again and stepped away from the imitation milk. I’m very happy to partner up with the California Milk Processor Board – the creator of the Got Milk campaign. They are working with THINK together to help educate children on the pure, simple and wholesome food choices for a healthy lifestyle. This is a great way to teach children to be healthy, avoid the imitation milk, and promote healthy choices.
I wanted to feature milk with something that is pure and healthy and nothing too fancy. As a new parent, I’m always looking for healthy recipes that I can make quick and fast. This was a no-brainer because I absolutely loved strawberry milk as a child, and you probably remember “it” as the special pink stuff that changes the color of your milk. I simply took some fresh strawberries that I got from the farmers market and pureed them and combined it with a simple syrup. Thus, making my own version of fresh strawberry syrup which allowed myself to enjoy a childhood favorite via the healthy route.
Fresh, fast and refreshing!
Adapted from AllRecipes
Printable Recipe Ingredients: 1/2 cup simple syrup 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced 1 1/2 cups milk
Prepare the simple syrup. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup of water with 2/3 cup sugar to a boil. Boil until sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries and simple syrup together. Puree until smooth. Place in a container. When ready to serve, add about a tablespoon or more of the strawberry syrup to the glass of milk. Stir to combine. Serve immediately. Strawberry syrup should stay fresh in refrigerator for at least 3 weeks. ***If you would like to feel better about drinking real milk and support the Got Milk campaign, purchase your very own collector glasses here. All funds will go directly to the community organizations in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Fresno. The goal of the sale is to raise $10,000 for each area for a simple total of $50,000. Drinking milk to help educate kids? Sounds like a great program to me.***
Review: Sweet nostalgia of my childhood days and definitely a healthier version as well. Sometimes my sisters and I got the occasional splurge for milk and we were able to enjoy chocolate or strawberry milk using our favorite mix-in, but this is definitely the best way to avoid the extra sugary ingredients. I hope to share and teach my milk cravings to my sweet daughter as well when she is ready to transition to milk. Perhaps, she will grow up and become Wonder Woman.
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