We all do our best trying to exercise and eat right, and want to instill those healthy values in our kids. But sometimes it feels like they haven't eaten anything other than PB&J for 3 weeks straight, am I right? UGH!! Desperate times call for desperate measures and we gotta get a bit sneaky - whether it's secretly tossing spinach and flax seeds into a yummy smoothie or handing them vitamins disguised as candy.
One thing most kids will gladly chug down day or night is milk, especially flavored milk. It's a great source of protein and calcium (and sugar, so be careful), but there's one brand out there offering a bit more. Have you heard of Sneakz Organic Milkshakes?? I've reviewed them before (see it here) and I'm back to talk about them again because they've thrown 6 six-packs of their milk, a tote, and reusable shopping bag into my $400 value jackpot Spring Goodies for the Kiddies Giveaway - link at bottom to enter to win!!
Coming in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, each 8oz box of Sneakz milk contains half a serving of vegetables, is sweetened with 12 grams of natural cane sugar*, and uses organic dairy from grass fed cows! No antibiotics, no synthetic hormones, and less sugar than other leading brands. *See bottom of post for a special note about the American Heart Association's recommendation on sugar intake.
And get this - if you don't do dairy, NO PROBLEM!! They've even launched a VEGAN protein powder featuring 14 grams of protein, probiotics, 10 essential amino acids and a half serving of vegetables!!
Sneakz milk boxes are great for throwing into your child's lunch box as a special treat, giving as an on-the-go after school snack, or slurping up quickly with breakfast. But, you can get creative with them, too! They've got some fun recipes on their website utilizing Sneakz milk, so I thought I'd give coming up with my own a try!!
I've been hearing a lot about the health benefits of chia seeds - rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidents - a true superfood! You can use them to replace eggs in a recipe or toss them into just about anything for added nutrients. You can also use them to make pudding, chia seed pudding to be more exact. You basically soak chia seeds in milk and your choice of flavor and sweetener, and after a few hours in the fridge the chia has soaked up the liquid and turned into a gelatinous seedy nutrient-packed pudding. I figured it sounds simple enough, I could tackle it! I decided to make a batch of chia pudding featuring each flavor of Sneakz. And you know what chocolate plus strawberry plus vanilla means... NEAPOLITAN CHIA SEED PUDDING!!! Keep reading for my "recipe" (I can't even call it a recipe because it's just too simple LOL!!!).
US Japan Fam's Sneakz Neapolitan Chia Pudding
Please note: chia pudding is a very odd texture - some love it, some hate it. My son made it to the second bite before he decided he hated it (no offense to Sneakz, he begs for you all day every day haha!!) You may find the flavor from just Sneakz alone isn't quite enough, so you can explore by blending the milk with berries or other flavors (nutella, peanut butter and banana, etc!!) before adding it to the chia seeds and refrigerating. If you try something that turns out great, reply below and share the love!!!
*The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of ADDED SUGAR (6 teaspoons) a day for children ages 2-18, and limiting sugary drinks to no more than 8 ounces a week. Added sugar is anything not naturally occurring in the food - added while processing or at the table. AHA recommends children under the age of 2 not be given any added sugar, in food or drink. These recommendations are based on the belief that a high sugar diet in childhood is tied to obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure in adulthood. Most food labels list total sugar, not added sugar, so you unfortunately have to dig deeper or contact the company to find out how much sugar is ADDED. A Sneakz rep was happy to disclose 1 box of Sneakz milk contains 12 grams of added cane sugar.
I hope you didn't forget about the giveaway!!! We've got a $400 value jackpot of kids toys, shoes, clothes, and picnic wares!!!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive these products free of charge and was compensated for my honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)