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I can’t think of a time in which a good glass of milk isn’t relevant! I’m talking breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and dessert! And now with back to school time coming, no matter how that may look, the after school snack is still the most relevant snack ever! I honestly remember coming home from school to a glass of milk and homemade popcorn with butter. My mom would lay out snacks for all five of us, and I love to lay out snacks for my two kids – soon to be three kids.
Our Rainbow Pudding and Our Favorite Brand of Milk:
As you may know, Hood knows that every drop in every glass of milk matters for your family. So they protect their milk from the moment it leaves the farm, to the moment it enters the fridge. Also, milk provides nutrition that children need, with 8g of protein per serving, as well as containing 9 essential nutrients. I love this and I drink it too! Also, it serves as a reliable source of calcium and vitamin D that children need for bone growth. Hood Milk is produced without artificial growth hormones* and all milk is tested for antibiotics.**
*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non rbST-treated cows.
** FDA requires milk to be tested for certain antibiotics.
No doubt, it’s a weird back to school season for all of us. And no matter what school will look like this fall, I buy Hood Milk in the LightBlock Bottle® – where it’s protected – to help my kids’ bodies and minds grow. And milk is a great addition to a healthy afternoon snack, because it adds extra nutritional benefits to their afternoon pick-me-up. There is a lot of uncertainty around food choices, and I’m confident in my Hood Milk choice, because it’s fresh, delicious, and provides the nutrients my family needs. Whether we put it into smoothies, make it into chocolate or strawberry milk, or pair it with pretzels and hummus, apples and peanut butter, or bananas and peanut butter, it’s a perfect snack to share together. And that’s what I plan to do!
Rainbow Pudding Made With Hood Milk:
This is a delightful little snack for that first day of school or special afternoons together. It uses FOUR cups of Hood Milk, which is a pretty awesome use! It’s best paired with fruit.
What You Need:
1 cup organic sugar
½ cup cornstarch
4 cups Hood Milk of choice
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
Natural food coloring gels
Sprinkles of your choice, for garnishing
Yields: 4-5 servings
What You Do:
1 – First, in a bowl, sift together sugar, cornstarch and salt.
2 – Then pour milk in a large saucepan until it bubbles.
3 – Pour dry ingredients into heated milk, one third at a time, whisking constantly to ensure smoothness.
4 – Ensure that pudding doesn’t boil, so keep a close eye on it.
5 – Once everything combines and thickens, remove from heat.
6 – Add vanilla and butter – mix until totally smooth.
7 – Chill in fridge for at least one hour, covered in plastic wrap.
8 – Remove from fridge and pour half of pudding in a separate bowl.
9 – Color each bowl of pudding with its respective natural food coloring – one bowl of pink pudding another, yellow pudding.
10 – Pour one bowl of colored pudding into the other and fold, ensuring that colors don’t mix but rather, create a “marbled” effect.
11 – Serve in individual bowls and cups and garnish with your favorite sprinkles!
So as you know, Hood Milk contains no artificial growth hormones, and makes an ideal pairing for healthy afternoon snacks. There are many nutritional benefits for growing kids ages 4-10, so we’re happy to incorporate it into our fall routine. Also, since we have a little one on the way, we will eventually be transitioning him from breastmilk (and possibly formula) to Hood Milk when he’s a toddler. And I look forward to many shared healthy snacks with him as well one day!