As kids get older sometimes it’s hard to find good protein sources they can enjoy quickly while running between school, activities and friends. During the holidays it can get even harder as so many recipes have more sugar and carbohydrates with less protein included in the recipe. I remember as a kid when my Abuelos would share a favorite holiday treat like Cuban ‘buñelos’ or flan with ‘un basito de leche’ just a small glass of milk. To them that little glass of milk was an essential part of our snacks.
We’re joining our amigos at milk life to share a holiday recipe that includes milk – a great and inexpensive source of protein that does not add a lot fat to your favorite holiday recipes or daily foods but does add a creamy texture everyone can enjoy.
What are some of your favorite holiday recipes? I recently updated my brownie recipe to include skim milk instead of water that gave them an even yummier texture and taste. Here are some tips to add protein to your growing kids’ diet during the holiday rush and bustle:
- Hot chocolate – my kids love the texture with milk instead of water
- Café con leche (a light latte)- if your kids are old enough and you allow them to have a little coffee- making it at home can be a fun ‘older kid’ moment you can enjoy together.
- Fruit smoothie (helps reduce the urge for sugary snacks)
- Add milk to a recipe or replace another ingredient such as water (skim milk can be a good alternative)
- Make a creamy broth soup vs. a water-based soup – it has more protein and taste
You can find many yummy recipes in Spanish and English on the bilingual milk life website. Check out this video in Spanish with English subtitles from the milk life chef ambassador Giorgio Rapicavoli for a delicious milk-infused pork recipe for your menu planning. And keep scrolling down to the box below for your chance to win $50 of ‘milk money’ just in time for the new year!
Cristy is the founder and publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, as well as the co-CEO & partner of DiMe Media, based in Miami. Born to Cuban parents, she’s a ‘Jersey Girl’ who is the proud mom of twin teens and wife to her college sweetheart, a “gringo” with a Latino soul! Cristy is also a teen cancer survivor, lover of travel, tech, good food, all-things beauty related, family cooking and social sharing.