My journey to a healthier me in 2013 is teaching me a lot about nutrition. Not only for myself, but for my family. March is National Nutrition Month. I’m continuing my journey and thinking about food and beverage choices on a daily basis.
Milk Unleashed, this month is taking a look at just how many vitamins and minerals are found in milk…with a fun calendar about all the goodness found in milk. As a beverage, milk is an easy way to incorporate calcium into our diets. So many times I’ve witnessed the expiration date pass on milk that’s in our fridge. It kills me to have to waste it by pouring it down the drain.
Since shelf safe milk does not require refrigeration until opened, single-serving cartons can be taken to school, on camping trips, to sporting events or any other adventures without worrying about spoilage. It can be frozen it the night before so it’s just the right temperature at lunch…but if you don’t get around to drinking it – no problem…put it back on the shelf (it will last 6 – 9 months).
I love the convenience Milk Unleashed offers. We keep a cooler in our car and milk is a more healthy option than soda and other heavily sugared beverages. It fuels our bodies and gives us nutrition.
According to the Journal of Pediatrics, dairy and calcium intakes are inadequate in four to 18-year-olds. In fact, only 30 percent of the US population two years of age and older get the recommended level of calcium or more. Plus, most kids do not get enough Vitamin D, potassium and protein, either. The good news — all of these important nutrients are found in shelf safe milk. Let’s spread the word for National Nutrition Month.