Growing up in America's Dairyland, I developed a love of milk early on. Both my parents were raised on dairy farms and drank milk right out of the bulk tank. My grandfather drove a milk truck after he retired from his dairy farming operation. Many of my friends had to get up early to do chores. Dairy farming is still an important part of the economy in our rural area of Wisconsin.
So, the cows pictured to the left are wondering: where's your milk mustache? Danica Patrick, Dara Torres, Trisha Yearwood, Brooke Shields and many other famous faces have sported the look. The website http://www.whymilk.com, geared toward women, explains the importance of including milk in your diet. (Also, follow on twitter: milkmustache) Milk is filled with all sorts of essential nutrients including including calcium, protein, potassium, and vitamin D.
We try to get our 3+ servings each day by drinking milk with our meals and using milk-filled recipes. I'm especially careful to make sure my kids get enough milk daily. Visit Why Milk? for some recipe ideas. I love to make milkshakes and smoothies during the summer and rice pudding or my grandma's warm vanilla pudding during the winter. Here's her simple recipe:
Stovetop Vanilla Pudding
2 cups of milk
3 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat milk, cornstarch and egg and sugar together with whisk in a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until pudding thickens and begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Can eat warm or chill in refrigerator. We like to add a few chocolate chips to our warm pudding to make chocolate swirls.
"Milk is naturally nutrient rich like no other beverage – it's nature’s wellness drink!" Get on the path to wellness and visit whymilk.com to learn more.
(This post is part of the MomCentral whymilk.com Milk Council blog tour promotion. Disclosure: I will receive a new blender for my participation.)