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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!

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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!

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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.

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Mini PB&J Cups + 4 Things You Didn't Know About Milk

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Servings: 1 cup
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 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

Instructions 

  • Thaw the phyllo shells at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Fill each phyllo shell with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and 1/2 teaspoon of preserves.
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. Wow! I had know idea milk was so awesome! I learned 4 new facts, but the fact I enjoyed he most was how as mom’s we worry if our kids get enough nutrients. Milk has four essential nutrients that can help us stress less about their eating and nutritional intake.. I’ve been a health teacher for 11 years and I have 2 biological children, but each new school year I get so many more kids;) this info helps me become a better mom and teacher. Thanks MILK!

  2. I knew milk was supposed to help with spicy food but I didn’t know it was the casein that made it work! Cool info.

  3. Fact #1, Recommend milk on the side whenever we have New Mexico green chili, always thought the fat in milk alone removed the heat. Glad to pass this info on at our next get together.

  4. #4 pleasantly surprised me the most. So much controversy on parenting sites about whether to give our kids milk and the dangers of hormone enhancement can leave me second-guessing my choices for their nutrition as a parent, but this tip (along with #3) put my mind at ease that this is a very safe and nutritional choice to give my family, including picky toddler. Thanks!

  5. Hosting a kiddie Halloween party next week and am envisioning these being a hit! I’ve definately got a sweet tooth because I’m imagining how delish it would be to sub the jam for Nutella! Mmmmmm

  6. I was aware of all of your pointers. However it’s a good reminder/refresher. I love milk with rich foods. Pastas, desserts, etc.

  7. Fact #2: we love milk around here, but I really haven’t thought about the per glass cost PLUS all those nutrients. Woo hoo! Yet another reason to keep drinking milk 🙂

  8. #1 I knew that milk was my go-to beverage when enjoying spicy foods, but I didn’t know the actual science behind it (I just went with the vague: it neutralizes the spicyness, lol).
    With 5 kids and us all being milk lovers, we go through a lot of milk! 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I was surprised that milk is *so* nutritious.. i live in Los Angeles, where it seems that milk is not hip. Everyone is drinking almond milk, but I just love cow’s milk!

  10. #4… I didn’t know milk was one of the safest things to give kids. My twins love milk!!

  11. Fact #2 – I buy organic so I always feel like milk is an expensive item at the grocery store.

  12. #4 – I have a son who will only drink flavored milk right now. We do buy organic, but it’s nice to know whatever form he gets it’s better than nothing!

  13. These look delicious! I love peanut butter. I make it “nothing but nuts” in the blender for the kids.

  14. Fact #4. I didn’t realize there is very little processing. I am looking forward to using these pbnj cups for kiddy appetizers!

  15. #2.. I would have thought milk cost more with how much I’m buying every week for my two little ones!

  16. Fun fact #2 surprised me! I had no idea how affordable milk is when you break it down per glass.

  17. Fact #2 surprised me, I knew how nutritional milk was but I didn’t realize it was so cheap compared to other nutritional foods.

  18. #2. Although I’ve recently read a bit on raw milk. If you could do some kind of post about raw milk I’d love to read it!

  19. I love milk with almond butter! It’s delicious and a healthy way to add protein to my diet.

  20. Fact #2 surprised me. The cost of organic milk seems to high to me, I always assumed milk was expensive. I have been corrected! :o)

  21. I love milk! We recently switched back to whole milk and I’m in heaven. Cookies, here I come…

  22. We eat and drink a wide variety of foods in our home! The most important thing for me is balance and moderation!

  23. I’m with you Amanda. I am curious to hear what she has to say. I know she uses coconut and almond milks as well… That’s a whole lot of milks to have on hand!

  24. I am conflicted about all of the dairy versus non-dairy (i.e. vegan) information available. It is confusing to know who funds and promotes these articles and studies. Because I am on the fence, we consume a combination of cow’s milk and nut milk. We do eat cow’s milk cheeses and yogurts. What are your thoughts on this Catherine?

  25. #2 b/c I feel like the price of milk just keeps going up and up so it’s nice to know it is still a good price per cup in comparrison

  26. WOW! #2. I just can’t believe milk is that much per glass/serving. #2 really surprised me. I never gave it much thought before.

  27. Fact #4, I keep reading about how much processing is done, the chemicals being added to extend shelf life are a concern to me. But a bigger picture of not having a nutritious food makes Milk of any sorts a great resource of nutrition.

  28. I felt much better about giving my kids milk after reading these tips, especially the last one.

  29. Fact #2 – I never broke it down to realize how inexpensive a glass of milk would be! We love milk in my house and drink it every morning and most nights!

  30. THE ONE INFORMATIVE INFORMATION WAS AGAIN ABOUT HOW MILK HELPS WHEN EATING HOT FOODS. I NEVER DRINK MILK FOR THIS REASON BUT WILL TRY IT NEXT TIME. MILK IS VERY
    NUTRITIOUS FOR YOU.

  31. So excited my youngest will drink plain milk without added sugar! First child will only drink chocolate.

  32. We never run out of milk at our house. If it’s low someone has to make a special trip just to get more!

  33. Fact 2 was suprisingly to me. I didn’t know a glass of milk is so cheap. Maybe because I buy organic

  34. I didn’t know milk was so full of protein. This is all the more reason to encourage my daughter to drink it!

  35. These points are very interesting. Especially #4. I always heard milk was very processed. I still love milk.
    My granddaughters would love the Mini PB&J Cups! Have to make those with them!!!

  36. Fact #4 as my daughter only drinks chocolate milk and I used to feel bad but then I realized that I did the same my whole childhood at school for lunch and I turned out fine and this reinforces my decision as any milk is better than none! Thanks 🙂

  37. Fact #4. Why am I trying to wean the toddlers for milk when it’s so good for them? Bring it on!

  38. Fact 4….
    My son drinks milk and orange juice concoction and it is hilarious when he orders it when we eat out. Server’s face expressions…haha!

  39. Fact #2 surprises me. We drink a ton of milk and at times it seems it would be cheaper to just have a cow but if 25 cents is correct I might be wrong

  40. Fact 2 most surprised me. But I’m assuming that’s not the price per serving for organic milk.

  41. I would love some actual scientific evidence to back this up. Otherwise, I consider it fear mongering.

  42. Truth be told. Not ALL milk varieties are the safest. For example, milk from grain fed cows is actually very inflammatory amongst other things and can do more harm than good to growing bodies (or any body). I agree that children should intake milk. But saying that “all varieties of milk are safe to drink” is quite a bold statement and instead educating about different milk options may be more empowering as people may then feel equipped to take control of what sort of milk they intake because it does matter. Otherwise, the peanut butter cups sound amazing and I always appriciate your creativity!! Blessings.

  43. As I was reading the mini PB&J cups recipe my son announced that we are down to one gallon of milk. We drink a gallon a day with four boys and a daddy who loves milk.

  44. Number 1 surprised me the most:

    “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.”

    Good to know why that works, after all these years!

  45. #2. We are a big milk-drinking family. It seems milk is a large part of our budget; interesting to learn about the affordability of milk!

  46. I think the one thing I never really think about is the minimal processing and how it’s often local. We love milk in our house and have been thinking about getting local milk deliveries to help further support local dairies.

  47. I like the tip on the casein in the milk! Always a good thing to remember when your mouth is on fire from some hot sauce.

  48. I am really surprised that milk is more economical than I thought. My family drinks milk everday and they love my homemade ice cream made, of course, with milk!

  49. #2! Thanks for doing this – I feel like milk (espeically cow’s) gets a bad wrap these days, so I loved reading these great facts..

  50. I really hadn’t thought about milk being minimally processed and local. Of course, it makes total sense, but I guess the milk label isn’t something I scour — for good reason!

  51. The tip about cost surprises me the most. Makes me feel better about spending what seems like a lot for a gallon of it. I love milk!!

  52. #4 surprised me the most! I can’t wait to try these with my 5 1/2 year old when she gets home from school! Thanks so much!

    BTW, I purchased your Weelicious Lunches (to go along with the 20 copies of Weelicious One Family One Meal book that I gave to family and friends a couple of Christmases ago) and I LOVE it! I cannot wait to try every single idea in there! Thank you!!!

  53. Of course milk isn’t required for humans, neither are bell peppers, or eggs, for ex. But that doesn’t mean those things are not good for us!!

  54. None of them surprised me as we grew up drinking milk.. but the recent articles about how cow’s milk is not required for humans, giving up dairy etc. is really confusing 🙁

  55. I wasn’t surprised by any of the 4 statements. My hubby is from WI so we are big milk drinkers!

  56. I never did the math and was surprised that one glass amounts to only about 25 cents (fact #2). Couldn’t and wouldn’t want my family to live without our beloved milk!

  57. The cups are ready to serve as soon as they thaw! I just used a small spoon to fill the cups!

  58. Hi,

    These are a great idea. Are the cups ready to serve when they thaw or do you bake them a bit? Do you have any tricks for filling then neatly?

  59. Milk is great with spicy Cajun food. I had no idea how nutritious it is to boot! Sweetness. Shoot now I am craving a glass. Can’t wait to make the peanut butter cups with my 3 year old. She loves to help in the kitchen. What temperature do I bake them at?

  60. #2 surprised me. I guess it’s true though that although milk seems expensive compared to meat it really is not

  61. I love a glass of milk to “wash down” so many different dishes. My kids have always loved milk too.

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