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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Limiting milk consumption???? A frugal answer....

Well, so far so good....we have been able to eat from what we have on hand!  AND, no one is starving!  Heehee!  The exception for us, of course, is that we have bought milk....it is VERY hard to keep well stocked with milk.  Which brings up something I have been thinking about and discussing with a few dear friends.

As I have been trying to cut corners, and trying to figure out why our money seems to be evaporating right out from under us, it occurs to me that we are spending much more money on milk....I am starting to think that I need to limit my boys' milk consumption.  One boy in particular, not to be named here :) drinks milk like water.  My friends (one of which was a registered dietician in her life before kids) thinks that I certainly can check the RDA for milk requirements and stick with that....they can drink water! 

Okay, so what is the RDA for milk for growing boys????  According the the new USDA Food Guide Pyramid, it is 2 cups for children ages 2 - 8, and 3 cups for up to age 11.  (By the way, there are lots of cool resources to help teach you and your children about healthy eating!!!!)
I found another resource that breaks it down into the amount of calcium needed per age.  Milk Matters recommends 1300 g of calcium for 9 - 18 year olds (which can be accomplished with 3 cups of milk and adding other calcium rich foods to their diet.)

So, do I put a little checklist on my fridge, and they document when they drink a cup???  I might have to get a little creative with this new idea!!!!  :)

Okay, I want to hear some feedback from all of you, dear readers!!!  What do you think?


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4 comments:

  1. I don't see why not. I limit juice consumption to one glass a day. Then you have to drink something else (water, milk, iced tea, etc).

    I am enjoying your blog. Stop by and visit me sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal!

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  2. I would just put their cups in the fridge at the start of the day (granted I'm still in the sippy cup stage of motherhood, so this is easy for me). My daughter would drink OJ in inhumane amounts. Nearly a gallon every 2 days. I realized how OUTRAGOUS and unhealthy that amount had to be and started limiting her to OJ at breakfast only.

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  3. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Yes, my boys are 14, 12 and 8...a "little" past the sippy cup stage! LOL! :)

    I think it will help just to be a little more aware of what they are drinking. Hopefully it will help out in the pocketbook too.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. When I was growing up we (me and my 4 siblings) drank all the milk we wanted. Mom didn't limit us, but she did mix up powdered milk for us to drink. it cost a lot less than buying regular milk and the family was on a tight budget. Sometimes she mixed half regular milk with half powdered milk and sometimes she made chocolate syrup so we could have chocolate milk. To this day, all of us are big milk drinkers!

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