June 28, 2016

How to Get Your Toddler to Drink Milk

I recently posted about how my daughter is not good about drinking milk. Granted, she does enjoy yogurt and cheese and other foods with calcium but the mom side of me still worries that she is not getting enough calcium daily. If you have a child that does not like drinking milk straight, I have some tips for you!

One day, Troy and I sat down and brainstormed how we can get Adalyn to drink more milk and came up with a few ideas. Thank goodness, it is working! She is not drinking an 8-ounce cup of milk or anything but is doing so much better than before! I am thrilled. I want to make sure that Adalyn gets enough calcium so that her bones grow strong and so that she is not at a higher risk for osteoporosis.

Here are my top tips and recipes that I use milk in to get my toddler to have more milk:

1. Shot Glass Trick

This trick probably only should be used if your child will not drink milk. My husband Troy came up with it and it has been working for about two weeks now!! We pour milk into a little, plastic, fun-colored shot glass and give it to her. The first time, we were like "Oh, I don't know if you should give that to Adalyn because I want it". Then, I took a sip and my husband took a sip and we finally gave it to her.

She thinks it is cool to drink and since it is a small portion, she will drink it and often asks for more. We may fill it up 2-3 times. It is what is working for us right now and we will keep trying different ways until we get it just right. Once she is willing to have more (without chucking it across the room), I will give her a bigger container.

Green Mojito Smoothies are the most refreshing smoothies you will ever have and are loaded with flavorful ingredients including pineapple, fresh mint, lime and fresh ginger! www.nutritionistreviews.com

2. Milk in smoothies

I love smoothies for kids because it is a great way to pack a bunch of nutrients into their diet. Want them to have more vegetables? Add spinach, carrots or kale. Want omega-3 fatty acids? Add flax, walnuts or chia seeds. Kids need a boost of  nutritious fats or protein? Add peanut butter, hemp seeds, protein powder or whatever. They are totally customizable and kids love them.

I add at least a whole cup of milk when making a smoothie and Adalyn will drink it pretty well. *Pro tip: make sure that they have a straw that is wide enough to drink the smoothie through. I do not add ice to Adalyn's smoothies because they get too thick that way. I wait to add the ice to mine until after I pour her a cup. Try my carrot cake smoothie or peanut butter banana smoothie.

These Yogurt Parfait Popsicles make the perfect summer breakfast! Filled with yogurt, fresh fruit and whole-grain granola, they are filling and delicious! www.nutritionistreviews.com

3. Milk in popsicles

Similar to a smoothie, I like to add milk or yogurt to homemade popsicles for protein and calcium. Adalyn loves my blackberry popsicles, tropical popsicles and coming-soon-to-the-blog yogurt parfait popsicles.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats take 5 minutes of prep time the night before and you will have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning! www.nutritionistreviews.com

4. Overnight Oats

I love overnight oats because they are perfect for when the weather is hot and tastes completely different to me than regular oatmeal. I add a bunch of milk to mine and Adalyn loves these. Top them with nut butter and fruit to make them extra delicious. My favorite: these peanut butter and jelly overnight oats!

This Mexican Breakfast Casserole is simple to make and is full of flavor with black beans, salsa, bell peppers, avocado and cilantro! www.nutritionistreviews.com

5. Egg Casseroles

Egg casseroles are awesome because you can make them ahead of time and just heat up in the morning. They use a good amount of milk in them and along with the eggs, make a nutritious and delicious breakfast. I love to chop up a bunch of vegetables and bake them into my casserole for extra nutrients. Try my Mexican Breakfast Casserole or Greek Egg Casserole.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Ice Cream

6. Banana Ice Cream

Ice cream is a kid favorite and there is a much more nutritious way to give ice cream to your kids. I love making ice cream with frozen bananas. It has a super creamy texture and is customizable. I make oatmeal cookie banana ice cream, strawberry banana ice cream and chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream. I love it and so does Adalyn. Just blend frozen bananas, milk and your choice of other add-ins.

Feeding America is working on a campaign called The Great American Milk Drive which helps kids get milk and ensure that kids have the potential to play, learn and grow! Donating $5 can give a child a gallon of milk. It is also National Dairy Month so it is a great time to donate.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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