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Healthy after-school snacks a priority for milk campaign

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The “Got Milk?” campaign is trying something new to get kids to eat healthier. According to the California Milk Process Board, the creator of the campaign, they’ve partnered with the California Dietetic Association to get the word out to families that children should put down the bag of potato chips and can of soda. “It’s important that children understand the foods they’re eating,” said Lorri Holzberg, president of the California Dietetic Association. “Studies show that kids who learn about proper nutrition and food preparation oftentimes influence their own parents to practice better eating habits at home, making for a healthier family unit.” Holzberg said kids could get about one-third of their daily calories from after-school snacks, so parents need to make sure that children receive the nutrients they need to support proper growth. Fruits, vegetables and low fat or nonfat milk are just some examples of key foods that provide children the calcium and nutrients they need. Exclusively available on gotmilk.com, families can find kid-friendly after-school snack ideas that take only minutes to make, such as Blueberry & Banana Cream Milkshake and Fruit & Pudding Parfait. “We hope to leave an impression with young people that eating healthy can be tasty and fun,” said Steve James, executive director of the milk board organization. “And with the right ingredients such as milk, children will also get the necessary nutrients to build strong bones, muscles, teeth, hair and nails.” To learn more, visit gotmilk.com. ~ Don Chaddock * * * Cheesy Potato Tostaditas 2 medium potatoes 1/2 cup low fat milk 1/2 cup low fat cheddar cheese 36 100-percent white corn crispy round tortilla chips Peel potatoes and cut them in chunks. Boil the potatoes for approximately 20-25 minutes until tender. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a mixer, mash potatoes with 1/4 cup of milk until slightly lumpy. Continue to add milk as needed and make sure the mixture is thicker than regular mashed potatoes. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Put a spoonful of potatoes on a tortilla chip and place the “tostaditas” on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 4-7 minutes until cheese melts. Fruit & Pudding Parfait 1/2 cup blueberries 1 package vanilla instant pudding mix fat free, sugar free, low calorie 2 cups skim milk 1/2 cup strawberries, cut in halves 1/8 cup almonds, thinly sliced 4 animal crackers Prepare instant pudding mix using 2 cups skim milk as directed. Place a layer of blueberries in the bottom of the serving dishes. Spoon 1/2 cup of pudding on top of the blueberries, then a layer of strawberries and the rest of the pudding. Sprinkle a few almonds on top. Garnish each cup with two animal crackers. Drink Your Cereal 1 cup low fat milk 1/4 cup multigrain cereal 1 tablespoon banana instant pudding mix Shake all ingredients in container with tight-fitting lid or stir in glass until well blended. Sip milk and spoon cereal.