I grew up drinking milk with every meal. In fact, I used to hold milk drinking contests in our school cafeteria putting back as many as 9 pints at a time (5th grade humble brag :) If I don’t have at least three types of milk (whole, skim and cream) in our fridge at all times, someone is going to end up not having their variety of choice. Today it's all about Mini PB&J Cups + 4 things you didn't know about milk!
Fact #1: You may think cookies are the obvious pairing with a tall glass of milk, but in fact, there’s some science behind why milk works so well with such a wide variety of other food. For example, the casein in milk binds with the capsaicin oil in chilies, washing it away and making milk a perfect partner to all sorts of spicy dishes. Have you ever bitten into a chili that sets your mouth on fire and someone advises you to “drink milk!” to cool your palate down?
Fact #2: At an average of just 25 cents a glass, milk is one of the most affordable ways to give your kids nutritious protein. Penny for penny, other sources like fish or beef can’t compare.
Fact #3: It’s stressful when you feel like your kids are falling short on the nutrients they need. Milk is a nutritional powerhouse offering calcium, vitamin A and D as well as potassium.
Fact #4: Milk is one of the safest foods you can offer your family. All varieties of milk whether regular or organic, flavored or white are minimally processed, often delivered locally and since the pasteurization process is a simple one, make it safe to drink. Having peace of mind when you’re feeding your family is always key!
When it comes to pairing a cold glass of milk with food nothing makes me more nostalgic than with peanut butter and jelly. These Mini PB&J Cups are a simple treat to prepare with your kids and only use a few key ingredients. You can also use any flavor of jelly, jam or preserves or even switch up the nut butter to make them your own. Serve with your favorite type of milk and you’ve got a real recipe for happiness.
Mini PB&J Cups + 4 Things You Didn't Know About Milk (makes 15 cups )
- 15 phyllo dough cups (found in the frozen aisle of your local grocery)
- 1/3 cup peanut or other nut butter
- 3 tablespoons fruit preserves
1. Thaw the phyllo shells at room temperature for 10 minutes.
2. Fill each phyllo shell with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and 1/2 teaspoon of preserves.