My daughter doesn’t like milk all that much but she, as an active teen, needs calcium and vitamin D. A friend, who is a nutritionist, suggested that we try soy milk and almond milk to mix it up a little. It would give her the protein she needs as well.
Milk Alternatives for Kids
We started with Silk Vanilla Soy Milk. It’s funny that my kids do not like vanilla flavored cow’s milk but they liked the soy version. I’ll add this to the shopping list! It’s also nice that the carton is shelf stabilized so it only has to be refrigerated once it’s opened. I’m adding this to my Costco list!
Next, we tried the Silk Fruit and Protein Mixed Berry soy milk. It’s like a smoothie. I like it as a quick on-the-go breakfast which works beautifully because teenagers, at least mine, are not morning people!
Our nutritionist friend also said that every meal needs to be a balance of a starch, protein and fruit/vegetable. The fruit/vegetable needs to be 50% of the plate. I like that the Silk Fruit and Protein drinks fit the requirements with no muss and no fuss!
Mixed Berry was a safe bet because my kids like Mixed Berry yogurt drinks and this is very similar. It also comes in Strawberry Banana. I think my kids would like both flavors.
It’s funny because as an Asian American, we eat a lot of soy products from tofu to edemame but we’ve never had soy milk before! I don’t know why. I grew up on whole milk. In fact, it was a big deal to my parents to drink all our milk in our cereal bowls. We didn’t have to eat all the cereal, just finish the milk. They equated milk with strong bones I think.
It’s nice to have a non dairy alternative to milk though. Soy milk is free of lactose, cholesterol, gluten, eggs, casein, MSG and other things to worry about even if your kids don’t have a diary allergy or lactose intolerance. And I’m just happy too that my kids are trying new food!
Do your kids drink soy milk, almond milk or other milk alternatives? What is their favorite?
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