I have received samples of shelf stable milk to help promote Milk Unleashed. All opinions are my own.
We are really busy. Pretty much all the time. I feel like we are always on the go, and rushing here and there. In the summer time, these plans get kicked up several notches. We travel, a lot. We go on day trips several times a week plus spend many weekends visiting new areas. Of course, there is also Sesame Place and the pool!
With 4 kids, someone always wants something. I swear, I can give these kids breakfast or lunch before we leave the house, and within minutes, I get the I’m hungry. I’m thirsty. It never fails. And as soon as one of them say it the others chime in, in agreement. So I tend to always pack something to eat and something to drink. Pretty much even if we are running down the street. It saves me a ton of money, plus it saves the kids from constantly eating fast food and drinking soda or fake juice.
If we driving for a long time though, it can be hard to keep their drinks cold and refreshing, especially after they have finished the first one. I can pack ice and ice packs but in the end, the drinks get nasty and germy after they sit out. Plus, The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends milk and water as the healthiest beverages to give toddlers age one to three. Even though Willow is the only one that fits into that category, I belive that it is the best for all of the kids, not just toddlers.
I do not like the kids to drink too much juice, even when it is 100% juice. They just do not need to add all that sugar and high calories to their bodies. Plus as growing kids, they need their calcium and vitamins. I like for them to drink milk, but it can be hard to carry with me. When I heard about shelf stable milk, I was thrilled. It is easy to carry along with us does not require refrigeration, for up to 6 months, and the kids love that it is just like a juice box. There is something about a juice box that makes children happy. I love that because of the way it is processed and stored, it does not contain preservatives to stay shelf stable before it is open.
I also keep some stored with the extra water we keep on hand. Where we live we often lose power during nasty storms. When Sandy hit back in October we didn’t have power for 4 days and we were some of the lucky ones. Having a back up of food and drinks for my kids, keeps the lack of power, just a little more manageable. The milks are perfectly portioned as single servings, so I can grab a plain milk, chocolate milk, or even strawberry milk for the kids. I can also grab one to add to a recipe to make for the kids to eat when we are running the generator or cooking on the grill stove outside.
Honestly, shelf stable milk has become a staple in our house, and my purse, the bag in the car, I think there is even 2 of them in fishing tackle box, just in case.
Milk Unleashed is an educational campaign to let people know that shelf safe milk is a great solution when you’re on the go, especially with summer activities on the horizon. It is Grade A milk that doesn’t require refrigeration until it’s opened (no preservatives added). Single-serving milk boxes – similar to juice boxes – can be stored in the pantry for up to six months without refrigeration. It’s a convenient and healthy way to get the nutrition from milk on car trips, while camping, at the park…even at the beach. Freeze a few cartons the night before and toss into a sports bag, picnic basket or cooler, and it will be the right temperature when you’re ready to drink it.
May 23- June 23 is National Dairy Month. If you head over to the Milk Unleashed, there are all kind of fun things to do.
- Download a Cow Calendar with fun facts about dairy cows
- Enter our “Where is your Milk Unleashed?” photo contest and show us an unlikely place your family enjoys shelf safe milk. You could win a month’s worth of shelf safe milk
- Check out some tips for getting kids to drink more milk
- Read about how milk can become shelf safe
- Engage with moms who are sharing ways to improve their kids’ nutrition
- Try some of these fun, family adventures…like a cereal picnic!
- Learn how moms can help moms in developing countries around the world get milk for their children
- See all the types of shelf safe milk available in your local grocery
Be sure to enter the Milk Unleashed Photo Contest: The grand Prize is A month’s worth of shelf safe milk from a variety of brands. Plus a few fun surprises and goodies! The 2nd Prize is a Milk Unleashed prize pack with shelf safe milk from a variety of brands and a few additional treats! It is easy to enter just show off your family having fun enjoying some shelf stable milk!
Connect with Milk Unleashed on Twitter and Facebook to hear more about the contest, and how shelf stable milk can help you keep your kids drinking their milk.