Monday, January 6, 2014

Milk Strike

Isaak's in the midst of a milk strike.

I'm not really worried about it. A lot of what I read about milk these days isn't positive. I question the, "Helps your bones, so you can grow." bit.

We're one of the only species out there that drinks from another source. The process is pretty gross: Over squeezed utters. Not to mention the antibiotics, and hormones that are put into the milk. If you buy organic, is it really organic? I question that to. I bought local milk in a glass container, and Isaak thought the milk was gross. What's a Mom to do?

Mica will drink almond milk, but only the original, or sweetened kind. I'd love to buy unsweetened almond milk. I just can't convince the little ones to drink it.

I think all milks on the market are heavily processed; no matter what kind you choose to drink. The milk that isn't cow's milk is said to have dangerous levels of carrageenan in them. To be honest I didn't even know what carrageenan was. It's a processed thickener. Apparently it's bad. It's in rice milk, almond milk, and soy milk.

Here we were on a trip, and Isaak would not drink his milk in his thermos. I'm not the type that likes to throw stuff away. So I got something fun on our trip.

When one drinks with these straws it turns the milk into a subtle chocolate flavor. It's not as strong as putting chocolate syrup in the milk. I don't like the idea of adding chocolate, or sugar to milk, but these are less sugar that adding old fashioned chocolate syrup. I told the boys that this was just fun for the trip. It's not a regular thing I'm going to buy.

They drank their milk up.

Now that we're home I'm going to give milk a break. I'll push water instead.

About their bones growth, they eat a lot of foods with calcium in them. Here are 12 foods that are loaded with calcium:

1. Soybeans 

Cooked, a cup of soybeans can offer a whopping 175 mg of calcium to your diet. These veggies can be used in a wide variety of dishes.

2. Okra 

A cup of cooked Okra delivers 172 mg and is great fried, boiled, or served alongside pretty much any meat.

3. Almonds 

One ounce of almonds (23 nuts) has 75 mg. Enjoy by the handful or in your favorite salads. You can even sprinkle them on chicken while it’s being cooked to infuse your whole dish with almond-y goodness!

4. Collard Greens 

A cup of boiled collard greens has 266 mg, and have much the same function in cooking as lettuce. Try substituting collard greens for lettuce the next time you can, and you’ll be getting your calcium!

5. Oranges 

A half-cup of oranges contains 52 mg and is, as you'd expect, delicious in almost anything from salads to fruit bowls.

6. Spinach 

A cup of boiled spinach has 245 mg. It makes a great side dish for many meals, and in its raw form can be substituted for lettuce on sandwiches and in salads.

7. Kelp 

One cup of raw kelp has 136 mg. While eating seaweed doesn’t immediately present itself as a normal thing to do, those in the know have discovered that this surprisingly flavorful vegetable is high in a variety of nutrients, including calcium.

8. Broccoli 

Two cups of boiled broccoli have 124 mg. Fairly common vegetable, but rarely praised for its high concentration of useful nutrients like calcium, broccoli has recently come into vogue as a wonderful food with all kinds of health benefits.

9. Blackstrap Molasses 

One tablespoon has about 137 mg. By using blackstrap molasses to bake certain kinds of bittersweet foods, you can take advantage of its high concentration of calcium.

10. Sesame Seeds 

A quarter cup of sesame seeds has 351 mg calcium, and are delicious when sprinkled on chicken, fish, or just by the handful.

11. Brazil Nuts 

Two ounces of Brazil nuts (12 nuts) have 90 mg. In addition to the expected protein, Brazil nuts in particular are high in calcium and can be added to salads or main dishes, or just enjoyed by the handful.

12. Celery

Two cups of raw celery have 81 mg. By combining celery with peanut butter, you can indulge in a delicious, flavorful snack that helps fill your daily quota of calcium and protein. Vegetables rarely are seen in connection with nutrients like calcium, especially with the overwhelming popularity of milk in this regard. However, for those who don't like milk, are lactose intolerant, or are simply looking for a different way to get their daily nutrients, these vegetables and others are a good place to start.

The boys get spinach just about every morning for breakfast. They love oranges, broccoli, celery, and nuts of all kinds - almonds are consumed the most in our house.

What are your feelings on milk? Do you drink it? What kind do you drink?


mail4rosey said...

I've never liked milk, not even as a kid, and I still don't like it. I cook with it, but that's it for me.

Masshole Mommy said...

Haha - my nine year old doesn't love milk the way I wish he would, but he still drinks it. I am sure his milk strike will pass soon enough.

Maryann D. said...

I never did drink a lot of milk, but now that I use soy milk or almond milk in my tea and coffee, I don't really like the taste of milk at all anymore.
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Theresa Mahoney said...

My body doesn't tolerate dairy well, but if it did, I have never really liked milk. I will have it over cereal and to cook with, but that's about it. I do love Almond milk though!


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