A reader emailed me...
Gayle, I've been reading your blog for a while now. I am trying to get our food bill down. (3 boys 12, 10, 4) I spend so much on milk and juice. How do you make one gallon of milk last a week? Carrie from NH
Beverages are one of the quickest ways to flush your grocery budget down the toilet. We've been told to believe that our kids must have multiple glasses of milk or juices to get the vitamins and minerals they need. And that is certainly one way to do it but not the only way.
Milk at our house isn't for chugging. I was raised in a milk drinking family. I would drink at least 4 tall glasses a day with meals and snacks. But I quickly realized how much that cost after I was married and had kids. I have one big milk drinker and 3 that could care less. I offer them one glass of milk per day if they want it but all the other times they have a choice of homemade iced green tea (so cheap and good for you) or homemade lemonade (still cheap) or the healthiest drink of all.....WATER. They don't NEED fruit juices, which most are made with sugar or corn syrup anyway and they don't NEED multiple gallons of milk per week. What they do need is a healthy balanced diet and maybe a good multi-vitamin.
And Calcium needs can be met through all sorts of foods besides milk;
- Collard greens
- Turnip greens
- White beans
- Baked beans
- Brussel sprouts
- Sesame seeds
- Bok choy
These ideas have saved me HUGE on my grocery bill.
Thanks for your question.