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August 29, 2018
Back to School with Dairy Milk

Back to School with Dairy Milk

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

As kids are heading back to school, parents are getting back into meal prepping routines to achieve a balanced eating plan. To help kids in the classroom and on the playing field, while also keeping adults more productive and energetic, I recommend including dairy milk within a well-balanced meal plan. 

A glass of cold Hood Milk is refreshing and delicious when paired with a full meal or snack. Protected by the LightBlock Bottle, Hood protects your milk so it will be fresh and delicious, while providing the nutrients your family needs. Plus, all Hood Milk comes from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones. 

Dairy milk is an important part of a child’s diet because it provides the nutrients children thrive on, including protein, potassium, calcium and vitamin D. In fact, dairy milk offers three of the four nutrients identified in the 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as important nutrients that kids and adults don’t get enough of on a regular basis. 

If you or your child can’t drink dairy milk because of an allergy, plant milks are a suitable option. That said, choose dairy-free options carefully because they are not equal in nutrients. For example, almond and rice milks each supply one gram of protein per eight ounces, while dairy milk provides eight grams. Additionally, plant-based milks are naturally low in calcium and vitamin D, so opt for brands that are fortified with these, and other nutrients, including B vitamins. Purchase unsweetened plant-based milks to avoid added sugar. 

The body reaps the benefits of dairy milk whether you drink it, or include it in recipes. Check out a few of my favorite recipes featuring Hood Milk!

Stuffed Banana Oats Pancakes are packed with protein, calcium and fiber, and offer a full serving of dairy, fruit and whole grains in each portion! Prepare the pancakes and filling on the weekend, and assemble them on weekdays for an easy, delicious breakfast.

Milk is the base of this creamy Chicken Pot Pie that’s perfect for a weeknight. It takes about 45 minutes to make start to finish and it’s much lower in fat and higher in nutrition than store-bought chicken pot pies! 

Stick ripe bananas in the freezer so kids can enjoy a Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie Bowl for an afternoon snack. Snacks should be nutritious mini-meals, and this smoothie bowl certainly fits the bill.  

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese? Yes, please! Cauliflower is blended into a cheesy sauce, so no one realizes traditional pasta has been substituted by a vegetable! Give it a try and see if anyone notices the cauliflower. 

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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