Do you find it boring to just drink milk? Do you have the same problem with your children? My elder sister would never drink milk when we were younger… not even to save her life. It wasn’t lactose intolerance…she just hated the taste. However, she would gladly take it in cereal. Interesting! So, what innovative ways can we use to incorporate milk into our diets?
• Add milk to your children’s breakfast cereal. Either use it instead of water as the fluid for making your oatmeal in the morning or pour it over their cereal
• Add milk to your smoothies. Juice and or blend the fruits and then add some milk to it and blend it all up. It tastes like heaven on earth!
• After running around and getting loads of exercise outside, when your children come in, offer a cold glass of milk. It could be regular milk or chocolate milk or just milk with a little flavouring in it like vanilla or butter scotch. Recent research shows that it’s a great pick-me-up after physical activity. The fact that it’s cold may encourage your sweaty I-don’t-like milk child to give it a try.
• Use milk to make home-made yoghurt and get your children involved and bond some more. Recipe below
• You can use milk to make some super delicious milk shakes. Everybody loves a milk shake. An easy one to make is a combination of milk, some fruits (eg mango) and crushed ice. Put all into a blender and whizz away. Watch while blending because if you blend for too long, it becomes runny. You want it nice and sorta thick….and utterly delicious!
So, now you can rustle up more wonders from your kitchen. Go for it!
• Get your measuring cups, warm water, a clean dish towel,, some already made (store bought yoghurt with pro-biotics, an airtight container and milk. This recipe uses powdered milk
• Mix one cup of milk with 4 cups of warm water. Whisk it all up.
• Scoop out one cup of the mixture and add a quarter cup of your already made yoghurt with pro-biotics
• Then pour the mixture from the point above to the milk mixture and whisk.
• Pour in an air-tight container and cover with the tea towel.
• Do not move, mix or stir the mixture during the ‘setting’ process. Leave it for at least 4 hours. I usually leave mine overnight and wake up to a jar of fabulous home-made yoghurt!
So, mix up your own batch and after the first go, feel free to mix and match the recipe as you like. As you can see, there was no added sugar to mine…wink. This recipe can also use bottled milk in which case it has to be warmed before (not boiled) before use and repeat all other steps as above.