Fueled for Success: Borden’s Guide to Including Milk in Your Child’s School Day
It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to change color, and kids everywhere are gearing up for a new school year. If you’re like most parents, you’re probably stocking up on school supplies and planning out your child’s lunchbox menu. But don’t forget about one of the most important things your child needs for a successful school year: milk!
Borden Dairy has been providing fresh, delicious milk to families for over 100 years. Our milk is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, and protein – all essential nutrients for growing bodies. Plus, it’s a great way to start the day or refuel after a busy day at school.
So how much milk should your child be drinking? According to the Cleveland Clinic, children ages four to eight drink two to two ½ cups per day, and kids nine and up should have three cups of dairy per day. That might sound like a lot, but it’s actually pretty easy to incorporate milk into your child’s lunchbox or school routine.
Here are a few ideas:
- Start the day off right with a cold glass of milk with breakfast or in your kid’s cereal. Borden Milk is also a nutritious addition to oatmeal.
- Add a small pint or half-pint of Borden milk to their lunchbox each day. We offer several varieties of milk, including whole milk, reduced fat milk, and chocolate milk. (Pro tip: freeze the bottle overnight so it stays cold all day!)
- Pack a half-pint of Borden Dutch Chocolate Milk for your child’s after school sports and activities. Chocolate milk has all the same nutrients as white milk, plus it’s a great way to rehydrate and refuel after a tough practice or game.
- Send along a thermos of hot chocolate for a chilly afternoon break or field trip. Just mix Borden Whole Vitamin D Milk and your favorite instant hot cocoa mix, and voila! You’ve got a tasty treat that will warm them up and give them a boost of energy.
- Mix Borden Strawberry Milk into a shake or smoothie for a delicious after school treat that is sure to be kid approved.
- Include Borden 2% Reduced Fat Milk in your dinner either through a recipe like Elsie’s Creamy Mac and Cheese or have a glass of milk with dinner.
So don’t forget to include milk in your back-to-school plans! It’s an essential part of a healthy diet, and it tastes great too. We hope your family has a wonderful school year!