Way too soon, Vince will begin 2nd grade and Liv will be in kindergarten (gasp!). I hear you can be put in jail for keeping your kids from going to school, so alas, I will allow it.
So, there are tons of changes coming up in our lives. New routines like earlier bedtimes, homework, and probably a lot less time with Dad as corn silage harvest is right around the corner. Vince is reluctant; Liv is so excited. One thing (okay, probably the ONLY thing) that Vince is looking forward to is the chocolate milk that he gets with his school lunch.
I don’t offer chocolate milk at home. It is just a convenience issue. I don’t want to have to inventory both white and chocolate milk in my fridge. What if the white milk runs out? Chocolate milk in my alfredo and chocolate milk in my cereal? No thanks.
Regardless of what happens at home, this is why it is okay with me if my kids drink chocolate milk in school.
1. It has the same 9 essential nutrients as white milk. Also, the amount of sugar/sweetener added in is not that much. (Did you know that flavored milk only contributes 3 percent of the added sugars in children’s diets?)
2. Research shows that children who drink chocolate milk usually meet more of their nutritional needs and are NOT heavier than non-milk drinkers.
3. Out of the 5 “Nutrients of Concern” that children do not give enough of, milk contains a healthy dose of these 3: calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Let’s not forget about Vitamin D, because we all know kids get less sunshine time when in school.
The other really nice thing about chocolate milk is that it is a pick-me-up. My mind was swimming yesterday after doing 20+ 4-H livestock exhibitor interviews in 90 minutes. Knowing that I had 5 hours of judging cows and goats in front of me, I needed a bit of energy. I grabbed a carton of chocolate milk and was ready to go. So quick and easy. I think Liv will definitely need this around noon time, as kindergarten is SO exhausting.
Chocolate milk is also being recognized as a great post-race refueling drink. Hmmm…I do worry that my two-year-old, Ava, will have me running around like crazy trying to keep her busy while she misses her siblings. Maybe I do need to start keeping chocolate milk in my fridge!