Once upon a time, the only thing I allowed in was what I got from the refrigerated section of the market ... or what I picked up at a diary. I had this idea that the kind of milk you could buy sitting on a shelf? Wasn't good somehow.
And I was totally wrong.
Over the last year my kids developed a little addiction to the really expensive juices at Whole Foods. One day over the summer I got them to some of the Organic Valley milk boxes that were on the refrigerator shelf next to the juices. It was so much cheaper that I was proud of myself for getting them each to grab one. And it was organic milk. I was a happy Mommy.
I had no idea at the time that it was the very kind of milk that could sit on a shelf without being refrigerated. The kind I stayed away from. It was not until Milk Unleashed sent me an email about their products that I put two and two together. Knowing how much the boys liked the Organic Valley milk, I wanted to try the rest out and learn a little more about shelf safe milk.
Shelf safe milk is real Grade A milk, packaged in milk boxes that don't need refrigeration until they are opened (like juice boxes). Available in chocolate, vanilla and white chocolate, kids love it. Or I know my kids do anyway! An 8oz. carton provides 9 grams of protein and 15 other essential vitamins and minerals.
As pictured above, Hershey's also makes one in strawberry. Another favorite of my boys. In fact, there was not one flavor that they didn't like.
With Halloween coming up, Milk Unleashed is also promoting their shelf safe milk for trick-or-treaters. I kind of love that idea. While it might not be what you traditionally think of dropping into the Halloween buckets, I happen to think it would make some kids excited. I can see my guys fighting over who got the milk. Just like they did when we opened the package from Milk Unleashed. That's right, my kids fought over who would get each box of milk. I must be doing something right.
So many choices. I have to say it has really changed my opinion of what kind of milk is OK to buy. Organic makes me happiest. And knowing I can take it anywhere? Throw it in the wrestling or swim bags before practice? Not have to worry about throwing in the ice packs that sweat?
See the cow the Bunny Bee is holding? The boys were especially obsessed with him. (The milk box tattoos were bonus!) Well, Milk Unleashed even has a cow calendar - with a fact, tip or something to add to milk - for every day this month. The boys had me post it on the refrigerator and make sure I read them one a day.
***Disclosure: Milk Unleashed sent us everything you see pictured in the photo at the top of this post. Opinions are, as always, all our own.