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!
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.