happy toddler smiling in kitchen

JRB age 3

Dairy Good; Healthy Kids, Happy Families and Why I Blog

In 2008, When Jenna and I started Mommy on a Shoestring, JRB was 3, the economy was in the toilet and I was looking to connect with other moms like me. Jenna had long been known as the girl who lived large on a shoestring budget and I, as a divorced mom of a growing 3-year-old (and a shrinking bank account) wanted to do the same. So we pooled our passions and expertise together and created a website dedicated to helping families lead rich, full, meaningful lives without “breaking the bank.” Although design (Jenna) and education (me) were in our wheelhouse, we wanted to include all areas of family life that would contribute to raising healthy and happy families.

Nutrition is a big part of raising happy and healthy kids which is why I am so incredibly proud to *partner up with the folks at DMI who are behind the websites Dairy Good , Fuel up to Play 60 , & the National Dairy Council to spread the word about the importance of dairy. ” Dairy” ~ milk, cheese, yogurt ~ wholesome, simple and nutritious foods that elicit memories of the  “good ole days” when I was growing up and the world seemed so much simpler…

Drink milk is selled out with cookies and glass of milk

Cookie’s Don’t Lie

Why Dairy?

Giving our kids dairy is one of the BEST things we can do for them as it builds strong teeth and bones and can help them remain focused and on task in school.  I know that JRB’s doctor has long told me to increase JRB’s milk intake (especially during the winter months) because in addition to delivering much needed calcium and protein, milk also contains disease-fighting Vitamin D (which is something us mid-westerners often lack!)  I also know that my friend’s son endured 5 (YES, 5) broken bones before the doctor finally suggested his parents increase their son’s milk consumption, which improved bone density and has thus resulted in ~ you guessed it~  no more broken bones. As a 43 year old woman, I drink milk to stave off Osteoporosis which is prevalent in my family and did I mention I am convinced my hair, nails and skin look better now that I have increased my daily dairy consumption?

Personally, I think this factoid from the National Dairy Council says it all: “According to researchers, low-fat and fat-free dairy foods are essential to children and adolescents’ development and overall wellness. In fact, low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products supply three of the five “nutrients of concern” that according to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines children don’t get enough: calcium, potassium and magnesium.”

What’s Next?

Over the course of the next 3 months, I, along with 3 other dynamic members of the 411 Voices network  (Britt , Shara and Juli) will blog, tweet and facebook share information about raising happy and healthy kids, dairy products we love, and other exciting aspects of a Dairy Good lifestyle. And naturally, we’d love for you to join in, ask your questions, share your concerns and tell us about your dairy experiences. We know there is a lot of conflicting information out there when it comes to Dairy and it’s our goal to help dispel those myths and give you the real facts. Before I engage with any brand or company I do the ” Mr. Brady” rule which is to make sure I truly believe in the company / brand I am going to blog about s so you can be sure that when it comes to living a Dairy Good lifestyle…I practice what I preach. So join us as we embark on this exciting new adventure!

Goal 1:

On average, Americans only consume about 2 servings of dairy a day. Adding one more serving will help families get the nutrients they need in an easy and affordable way. In fact 3-4 servings of milk and other dairy foods have a potential estimated Health Care Cost savings of more than $214 Billion over 5 years. (Source: National Dairy Council)

So pour yourself a glass of milk and let’s make a toast to better health on a shoestring!

Want to build healthy recipes for your family? Check out these 5 Dairy Fiesta Recipes

*Disclosure: I am working with DMI to get the good word out and am being compensated for my time. However, all opinions are my own and I’d blog about Dairy for free because I believe in advocating for things I believe in.

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