LACTAID Milk Review & Giveaway

Disclosure – “I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for National Dairy Council and the LACTAID® Brand. I received product coupons from the LACTAID® Brand to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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I’ve always been lactose intolerant, but when I was younger I didn’t realize what my problem was. When I was in high school and started going out with friends and on dates it got to the point where I wouldn’t eat anything while we were out and about. My friends would all want to go out for pizza or something and I’d end up sitting there watching them eat. After I started college I finally realized that it was only certain foods I was having problems with. Anytime I would eat dairy products, like ice cream or pizza – my favorite foods, I’d end up getting gassy and feeling bloated. Those are not issues you want to deal with while out with friends or on a date.

The National Dairy Council says that 30-50 million Americans believe they are lactose intolerant, and at least two of my five children also have issues with processing dairy foods. Since milk provides essential nutrients like calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D, I think it’s very important that the kids have plenty of dairy in their diets but I don’t want them to have the discomfort and embarrassment that I experienced growing up. For that reason I have educated them about lactose intolerance and we always have plenty of LACTAID® pills on hand. We also drink LACTAID® milk and use it when cooking things like macaroni and cheese, brownies, mashed potatoes and pudding, some of the kids’ favorite foods.

LACTAID® milk is a real dairy product, not a dairy substitute or alternative, and it tastes just like “regular” milk but without the lactose that is so hard for some of us to digest. They also have cottage cheese and ice cream products available and the National Dairy Council tells us that hard aged cheeses are naturally lower in lactose, and many yogurts contain live and active cultures that help digest lactose.

If you or any member of your family is lactose intolerant I would highly recommend that you try LACTAID® milk, and to help you with that I am giving away some coupons for free LACTAID® products to one lucky reader. To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Wednesday, June 11th.

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Saving Snack Time With Milk Unleashed!

Does your family drink enough milk? We know that milk is an important part of our diet, but it can be very hard to get enough of it given our super busy schedules these days. It often feels like we’re living in the car because we spend so much time driving the kids around to all of their activities, but that makes it difficult to be sure they’re getting the nutrition that they need. We try very hard to keep the fast food to a minimum and juice boxes and sodas just aren’t the best choices, even though they’re convenient.

I’m happy that my five kiddos actually prefer milk or water to juice and sodas most of the time anyway, so I’m thrilled that we now have the option of shelf safe milk in a box that we can take anywhere with us! Since one of my five actually refuses to drink anything BUT milk, shelf safe milk is a lifesaver for us for school snacks also. My kids get breakfast and lunch at school and for the most part they really enjoy the food, but the cafeteria kitchen is closed for snack time so they can’t buy milk then, their only options are to either bring a snack from home or eat out of the vending machines. Besides not being the healthiest choice, a bag of chips and a soda from the machines actually costs about the same or more than the hot well-rounded meal they’re provided for lunch.

In order to make sure the kids will actually eat what we send to school for them, we let them choose and pack their own snacks. We’ve setup a snack cabinet in the kitchen where we keep a variety of snacks in individual packages like peanut butter crackers, fruit roll-ups, and granola bars plus an assortment of drinks like water, lemonade and shelf stable milk. The kids make it a habit to pack their own school snacks before they go to bed each night and I think it’s terrific that they’re learning to make good food choices on their own.

Check out the Milk Unleashed website to get more information on the nutritional facts about milk and more information on the different brands of shelf safe milk available and where you can find them. Plus you’ll also find great promotions and contests when you visit the site or follow Milk Unleashed on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure – This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Milk Unleashed blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.

 

Tuesday Tips: How to Save on Milk

Even though my kids are so close together in age (the quads are five and my oldest is six), it’s amazing how different they are and how much their tastes vary.  My two identical boys are even completely different – for example, one will only drink milk and the other will only drink grape or apple juice, no exceptions for either of them!  Well yesterday we ran out of milk and when my son started crying for some I broke down and paid a whopping $6 for a gallon from the closest convenience store, inspiring today’s episode of Tuesday Tips – How to Save on Milk!

Shop Around – you’ll need to look around to find the best deals on milk in your area.  Check with warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco, or your local discount grocery store, but also keep an eye out for drugstore sales that often run loss leader promotions to bring in customers.

Pick the Cheapest Brand – most stores carry more than one brand of milk and there is nothing wrong with always picking the cheapest.  Also check to be sure which size is cheapest per ounce.  Sometimes half gallon sizes might be on a better sale, or you may be able to pick up a two-pack on special.

Switch to Low Fat or Skim – the higher the fat content in the milk the more expensive it is, so switching to a lower fat variety can save you money and it has the added benefit of being healthier as well.

Stock Up & Freeze It – when you do manage to find a great deal on milk buy an extra gallon or two and freeze it!  The lower fat varieties freeze best, just remove a little bit from the jug before freezing to allow for expansion.  When you’re ready to use the milk allow it to thaw completely and shake well to redistribute the milk fat.

Make Your Own Chocolate Milk – don’t pay extra for pre-mixed chocolate milk.  The price increase over regular white milk is substantial and you can cheaply and easily make your own with chocolate syrup or powdered mixes.

 

Enter to Win Free Milk for a Year & Get a Milk Coupon

Enter to win the Pour One More promotion and you could win free milk for a year!  Plus, even if you don’t win you’ll get a coupon for free milk with $100 grocery purchase by email just for entering.  Promotion is limited to the first 100,000 entries, but you can enter once a day through February 19th.  There will be 120 winners who receive the free milk for a year, and one needy family from each winner’s community will also receive 52 coupons for free milk.

 

$.75/1 Gallon Borden Milk Coupon

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With five kids under five we go through TONS of milk so I was excited to see this printable coupon for $.75/1 gallon or $.75/2 half gallons of Borden milk.  Thanks so much to Aubrey at Eastern Shore Mom for the link!

 

Free Milk Coupon and Chance to Win

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At the Great Gallon Give you can enter for a chance to win a year’s supply of milk.  There are new winners every day, and losers get a coupon for a free half gallon of chocolate milk wyb two gallons of white milk (limited to the first 125,000 entries).  Thanks so much to Eastern Shore Mom for this link!