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4 Surprising Facts About Milk

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The National Milk Life Campaign’s Back-to-School program.

Four Surprising Facts About Milk

4 Surprising Facts About Milk


  1. Milk has more protein than you think.

Milk provides a high quality protein, 8 grams per 8 ounces to be exact. Protein is one of the necessary nutrients in my new healthy lifestyle which is helping me lose weight and tone. But kids need protein as well, especially now that school has started! Protein at breakfast helps children feel full and helps tide them over until school lunch.

     2. Calcium, Vitamin D and Potassium and Fiber are most likely to be missing from kids’ diets and milk is the top food source for three of those missing nutrients.

Calcium, Vitamin D and Potassium are super important for growing children. Why are these nutrients lacking from our kids’ diets today? According to the Dairy Research Institute, the average daily cups of milk consumed by children over the years has decreased, while fruit drinks and soda has increased.

     3. Milk is not easily replaced in a diet.

Does your family not drink enough milk? Do you drink milk alternatives? The fact is, without real milk in kids’ diets, it’s hard for them to get the nutrients they need. Check out what’s in a glass of milk compared to milk alternatives.

Milk compared to milk alternatives

         4. Milk’s ingredient list is short and sweet.       

I typically look at the ingredients on the packaging of foods I buy for my family. If the ingredient list is long and includes ingredients I know are not good, then I hesitate to buy it. Milk’s ingredient list is simply milk, and Vitamins D and A. Milk is a nutrient powerhouse and naturally provides nutrients such as protein, calcium and potassium. Do you see sugar on your milk’s calorie content? Guess what, that is naturally occurring sugar just like fruit.

Which of the four tips about milk surprised you the most? Comment below and two winners will receive a gift card worth the amount of a free month’s supply of milk (valued at $18 per month).

{source: expert and registered dietitian, Holley Grainger and milk life} Please visit MilkTruth.com for more information.

A Delicious 16 Calorie Snack Dipped In Dark Chocolate

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fisher Nut Exactly.

With the start of school I have been searching for healthy snacks to send in my kids’ lunch boxes. It seems they come home from school ravenous, so healthy after-school snacks are a must as well. I like to look at the nutrition info to see what exactly I’m feeding my kids. I look for items that have minimal and no artificial ingredients. These Nut Exactly Snack Bites have no crazy ingredients, but instead things like ground bourbon vanilla beans. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!

These Nut Exactly Snack Bites are a delicious 16 calories each with 0 grams of trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial preservatives, . If you are a Costco shopper like me, you’ve probably seen a few different flavors over the last few months. Most of you can find these Pistachio Popcorn dipped in Dark Chocolate with Pumpkin Seeds.

Nut Exactly Snack Bites

Mr. James, the baby of our family has been eating a lot of these yummy bites so he volunteered to model for me. These will probably be going in his lunch box daily! Nuts and seeds are what I call “healthy fats,” and are essential to any diet. They have protein and other vitamins and can help you feel full, so these snack bites are a great way to tide the kids over at school.

Nut Exactly Snack Bites 16 calories each

Visit your local Costco to buy Nut Exactly Snack Bites or check out the store locator to find a store near you. Look out for the other flavors as well: Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate with Pumpkin Seeds, Almond Popcorn dipped in Milk Chocolate with Peanuts, Almond Popcorn dipped in Dark Chocolate with Peanuts, Peanut Popcorn dipped in Peanut Butter and Pecan Popcorn dipped in Salted Caramel.

Of course these yummy 16 calorie snack bites aren’t just for the kids! The perfect amount of salty and sweet, popcorn, pistachios and dark chocolate is a snack I can eat for that 3pm slump and not feel guilty about.

Have you seen these Nut Exactly Snack Bites while browsing Costco??

Nut Exactly Snack Bites Pumpkin & Pistachio dipped in chocolate

Add Some Love To The Lunchbox! #SqueezeMoreOut

This post is sponsored in partnership with KitchenPLAY on behalf of Hellmann’s

It’s the start of a new school year and I have FIVE lunches to pack. I am tempted to do those cute bento boxes, but have been opting for something that takes a little less time. This classic brown bag lunch is super easy and has a few fun personalized elements to show your kids you are thinking about them during the school day.

All you need for a yummy, healthy lunch is quality ingredients. This recipe is simple. Here I’ve got classic sandwich ingredients that you can never go wrong with: whole wheat bread, romaine, tomatoes, colby jack cheese, roast beef and Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise in their new squeeze bottle.

You can always make sandwiches exciting by switching up the bread, cheeses, meats and vegetables. The combinations are endless.

3 Ways to Personalize Simple Brown Bag Lunches

  1. Leave love notes: You can write a quick note on scrap paper or purchase little lunchbox notecards with riddles and short messages. I remember my mom putting notes in my lunch in elementary school and even though I sometimes acted like I was a little embarrassed, I loved the surprise.
  2. Write on bananas! Leave a message or draw a quick picture on a banana with a toothpick. By lunchtime, the writing on the banana skin will turn darker. It takes only a few seconds to add a little love!
  3. Make sandwiches special. The newly designed Hellmann’s Squeeze Bottle offers a clean lock cap and tip, so precise that topping a sandwich with a little extra love never appeared so perfect. You can put the mayo just where you want it!


This was a simple lunchbox that I put together in 5 minutes. I have the roast beef sandwich with colby jack cheese, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and Hellman’s mayonnaise on whole wheat bread. I can’t forget those fruits and veggies so I packed sliced carrots, cucumbers and a half of a banana. I like to include a few healthier options for treats so I packed ancient grain popcorn clusters with blueberries, cranberries and raspberries as well as a few natural sour gummies.

You don't have to make time consuming bentos to add a little personalization. Here's a simple brown bag lunch.

Let me know if you have any lunch-packing tips and be sure to download a .50 off coupon for Hellmann’s new squeeze bottle!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kitchen PLAY for Hellmann’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.