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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:10

Back to Basics: La Leche

“La leche, corre!” That’s what my mom used to say to me when we heard the milk man was making his way down the street in our small town in Mexico. I grew up in Chicago, but many summer vacations were spent in El Tepozan, the small town where my parents were born. This town had a few tiny store-front grocery stores that carried the basic necessities, but once a week the milkman would drive through town – we knew he was around because his truck played this certain music and he'd announce his presence on his loudspeaker.  When we would hear him my mom would make me rush outside the house, so we could signal him to stop. My mom would make sure that we would stock up on milk!

This memory always make me smile…living in Chicago and getting your milk at the grocery store just didn’t seem as cool as this method, waving down the milkman in Mexico! Years later, when I lived in the college dorms, when my parents would drop by for a visit, my mom would always bring me milk in a little cooler, for me to keep in the mini-fridge in my dorm!

So you probably aren’t surprised that milk is a staple in our house! However, this was only the case after my 2nd child was born and I decided that our family needed to become healthier. After college my milk consumption dropped and I started to drink a lot of juice, and years later, so did my kids. It was when my husband and I took a series of healthy cooking classes that I was really surprised to learn that some of the health choices we had been making until that point were really not that healthy at all. I realized that our kids (and us) were drinking way too much juice – WAY too much! The dietician that we worked with suggested that we replace their juice intake with more water and milk. Ah yes, milk!  

Here are my two oldest enjoying a glass of milk after school - check out the milk mustaches!

My Girls drinking milk after school

My kids enjoy milk by itself, but it's so easy to incorporate it into their daily diets.  Some of my family's favorite ways to do so are below:

  • Making smoothies with milk and lots of fruit!
  • Having whole grain pancakes, like those from kamut, are so much better when made with milk!
  • The kids love making homemade pudding with milk.
  • Try adding low-fat milk instead of water to oatmeal and hot cereal.
  • Mac and cheese with low-fat cheese, a little milk and veggies like cauliflower and broccoli is a big hit around here.

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Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor’s Board and Latina Mom Bloggers.

Published in Healthy & Green Living
Friday, 06 May 2011 16:25

Healthy Eating Rules

How often do you let your kids just enjoy being kids and let them load up on sugar and other things they may not normally eat? I try to encourage my children to eat healthy and for the most part we do a good job around our house of accomplishing healthy eating habits. We take them to the farmer’s market almost every week, we have them help in the planning and preparation of family meals and encourage them to make healthy eating choices.

But do you allow your healthy eating habits rules to be bent and how often? I sometimes struggle with this balance, maybe because I also like to enjoy things that aren’t so great for you every now and then. I simply can’t resist having a few french fries or having my mother in law’s homemade treats. There are some traditional Latino treats that I just love - buñuelos anyone?  My mother just spent two weeks with us, helping our family adjust to life with a newborn, and my kids definitely enjoyed her stay….partly because she buys them all sorts of things to eat that we don’t normally purchase in our house – the sugary cereal is a big hit with the kids! However, even my mom – who is skeptical of things “organic” being healthier than non-organic items - had her fridge stocked with our favorite organic milk and yogurt the last time we visited her and my father in Chicago.

I want my kids to know what healthy foods are and to enjoy eating them, but I also want them to know that it’s ok to enjoy certain treats once in a while too. My kids do drink chocolate milk – the organic and low fat kind. My kids eat burgers and french fries every now and then. We buy organic frozen yogurt but also allow them to have “real” ice cream. We always allow them to pick out their birthday cake and don’t limit sugar on holidays. And yes, on occasion they go with their grandparents to McDonalds. Is it about balance or should we be strict with our healthy eating rules? How often do you allow your kids to eat junk food?   We'd love to hear about what works for your family...


Published in Healthy & Green Living