* Thank you Milk Life for partnering up with us on this post. As always, all opinions are my own.*
Can you believe that we have been without a working blender for three years? I remember buying one on clearance for like 20 dollars when Millie was first born, and within three uses, it broke. After that, it was always on my “list” of things to buy but never came around to it. Our obsessions for smoothies right now are so real, so I ended picking up a blender for the kitchen.
The kids, mainly Ethan, are loving the early morning smoothie sessions before school, and who doesn’t enjoy freshly made smoothies? Starting our mornings with a nutritious smoothie with milk is a fun way to get ready to tackle the day.
Milk powers potential—if you have access to it. Unfortunately, many families who rely on food banks do not have that access because there’s a shortage of milk at some food banks. Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on the 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8 ounce serving, that it supplies.
Today is Hunger Action day, and in partnership with Feeding America®, The Great American Milk Drive is encouraging Americans to Feed a Childhood by providing nutrient-rich milk to children and their families. The Great American Milk Drive makes it easy for you to help feed a childhood. By entering your zip code when you donate at milklife.com/give, you can guarantee your donation will directly support a Feeding America food bank with milk in your very own community. I love the idea of donating locally, especially when I found out that 1 in 3 children in Arizona are food insecure. It breaks my heart, and if I could help one family in need, I know it will make a difference.
I grew up having the best childhood memories, and I’m trying to do the same for my children, even if it’s incorporating them into our smoothie making mornings. There are so many ways to incorporate nutrient-rich milk in your morning routine. From cereal to a full breakfast, or a simple fruit smoothie. Childhood should be filled with playing, learning and growing. But for children who face hunger, the nutrients that help power these activities may be missing because they may lack regular access to nutrient-rich milk.
This last week we tried the Pineapple, strawberry, banana smoothie. It was delish! So, I wanted to share with you guys a quick recipe of one of our favorites to date.
One banana, sliced
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1cup fresh pineapple, diced
2 cup crushed ice
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2 cups of Fresh milk
Add all ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth.
September is also Hunger Action Month™, so join Feeding America and The Great American Milk Drive all month long to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry children and families who need it most. More than 1 million gallons – that’s more than 16 million servings – of milk have been delivered to food banks through this first-of-its-kind national program. Yet, there’s still more to do. Please help us spread the word, and donate today at milklife.com/give.