Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a talk on TheMotherhood. It was a ton of fun but in case you missed it, I have a summary to share and a few points that stuck out with me personally (my thoughts can be seen in purple).
- “Some of you have probably heard a lot about this debate going on at the local-PTA level. Some parents and schools are questioning whether flavored milk should be available to children because of the sugar content,” Andrea said. I actually was not aware of this debate until the talk. My child’s school does offer chocolate milk so this was not something I am familiar with. That said, I am not opposed to limiting sugar content at school and TruMoo would make a great addition to many cafeterias in schools.
- According to Andrea, the absence of flavored milk in schools can cause milk and dairy consumption among kids to drop by as much as 40 percent. I can see that being the case. With Johnny in school, I have had to keep an eye on his consumption of milk. Where, before school, he was getting all his milk nutrients at home, now he gets some, if not more, of that at school. (You can see my exact comment regarding this in the chat summary)
- TruMoo is available in both skim (fat-free) for schools, which meets the proposed USDA school nutrition guidelines, and 1% in retail and grocery locations. In addition to great taste, both varieties have great nutrition, providing all the 9 essential nutrients of white milk with only 10 grams of added sugars per serving. I mentioned that I like that it is made with 1% milk (skim is great!) because it isn’t thick like some flavored milks. It is really, really yummy.
- There are several ideas for healthy lunch options for “bag” lunches for school. Fiber and grains were considered important!
- Putting a whole piece of fruit in a kid’s lunchbox often means that fruit makes its way into a trash can. Andrea suggests pre-slicing them so they’re bite-sized and easier to eat. Providing dips like hummus, yogurt or almond butter can also encourage kids to try healthier food items. I didn’t make the distinction before the chat, but I totally agree with Andrea’s statement. My kids (and myself) prefer fruit to be cut up. Keep that in mind while throwing fruit into your child’s lunch!
- A cup of TruMoo, like all chocolate milk, has a very small amount of caffeine (which occurs naturally from the cocoa) – typically less than 5 mg. For comparison – a can of cola has around 35-40 mg and a cup of coffee around 100 mg.
- “If you can’t find TruMoo in your area, chances are we may not have a dairy nearby. TruMoo is made with fresh white milk at your local dairy. Our corporate website has a map of all of our regional dairy brands… if you don’t recognize one of these brands from your area, chances are you won’t have TruMoo in stores,” said Jamaison, who works with Andrea at Dean Foods.
- TruMoo store locator: http://www.trumoo.com/store-locator/
Disclosure: Thanks to TheMotherhood for including me in this chat. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I will be compensated for my time.