Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Have you been to WhyMilk recently? Not just to enter the sweepstakes, but to learn?
Let me help you then!
Check out how Milk can help you "Make Cents" out of your Summer Treats:
From the WhyMilk.com Summer Value Tips file:
When choosing summer snacks for your kids, reach for options that pack a nutritional and economic punch. According to a new "Summer Sipper Survey," which polled more than 1,000 moms across the U.S., nearly half (46 percent) of respondents said their grocery bills go up in the summer. Help manage your rising grocery bill by following these great-tasting tips to keep your whole family happy and healthy all season long without breaking the bank!
Think DIY snacking. Kids love refreshing frozen treats, but store-bought options can be high in hidden calories and costs. Make your own frozen treats at home and have your kids join in the fun! Let them pick their favorite fruit or use leftover fresh or frozen fruit to throw into a blender with a little lowfat milk for a treat any time. Check out http://www.whymilk.com/smoothies.php for more quick and nutritious smoothie options.
Prepare, precut and pre-portion. Make it easy for kids to snack healthfully. Pre-portion items like pita chips or fruits and vegetables in small, re-usable containers or bags in an easily accessible area of your refrigerator or pantry. This way kids can easily grab on the go. Cut your own fruits and vegetables – it’s more cost efficient than buying them pre-cut.
Pour on nutritional value. Sometimes it costs less to buy healthy foods. For example, skip the empty-calorie, sugary beverages and reach for nutrient-rich lowfat or fat free milk. With nine essential nutrients, all at less than 25 cents per 8-ounce glass, on a gallon basis, milk is a bargain when you think of all the liquid assets inside.
Stick with staples. Buying the basics can go a long way in terms of cost, number of meals, and versatility. For example, a box of pasta that costs under $3 can be worked into an endless number of dishes, including a refrigerated veggie pasta salad that your family can dish-up all week long.
There's so much more on the site, from a Beverage Analyzer that shows you the benefit of your beverage choices, which tells you your BMI and your recommended calorie allotment.
Check out my results:
Your Personalized Beverage Analysis
Oops! You came up short on milk. Don't let other beverages crowd out milk. You should drink 3 glasses of lowfat or fat free milk every day. Milk is not only important for supplying the calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients you need each day, it may help you maintain a healthy weight.
Your BMI is classified as overweight. Remember, what you drink can make a big difference. A high intake of soft drinks has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, so watch how many sugar-sweetened beverages you drink and start to think about your drink. Remember, drinking milk is an important part of a healthy diet and studies suggest that it may help maintain a healthy weight.
Watch out for those sneaky calories in sweetened beverages. These nutrient-poor liquids don't fill you up, but they could fill you out. Try drinking more water instead. And make your calories count by choosing nutrient-rich beverages like 3 glasses of lowfat or fat free milk each day.
Looks like you're low on calcium - an important bone-building nutrient that may also play a role in weight management. Milk is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get the calcium you need. It's also an excellent source of vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium. The recommended 3 glasses of lowfat or fat free milk each day helps supply calcium, vitamin D and a host of other essential nutrients -- including many of the nutrients that Americans frequently lack like potassium, magnesium and vitamin A.
Beverages are vital to help keep your body healthy and hydrated. Aim for about eight glasses of liquid each day. Boost your beverage intake and choose water and nutrient-rich beverages like lowfat or fat free milk.
I was a bad girl today! I usually drink water at work but today I was in a hurry and didn't take a drink so all I had was the coffee I picked up on the way in. I've actually been pretty bad over the years about drinking milk, so in the past few months I've been trying to consume more! For one, I have heartburn daily and milk helps neutralize acids, plus I LOVE milk!
This site is chock full of great information for anyone! In addition to the items I've shared with you, there's tons of great recipes, from Smoothies to desserts! I currently don't have a blender but as soon as I get one (which will be soon!) this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe is calling my name!
Luckily my kids love milk too and they get the recommended daily value that they are supposed to. Between Jello Pudding and cereal, we always have some milk-based treats around!
So what about you? Do you incorporate milk into your diet and if so, how? Do your kids give you trouble drinking milk? How do you get them to drink more of it?
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