I’ve been thinking about chocolate milk, after reading an article in the Washington Post about chocolate milk served in schools.
And here’s the thing: My kids drink only chocolate milk. But…and this is an enormous “but”, when I say chocolate milk, I mean 1% or 2% milk (and–
Pardon me, my son just walked over and—with a pleased smile—handed me the electric mousetrap. ::sigh:: At least he didn’t somehow figure out how to defeat the safety measures and give himself a shock, right?
I’m sorry, what was I saying? Oh, I was about to say that I’m probably going to switch them to skim shortly. But when I give them their chocolate milk, it’s 1% or 2% with a teaspoon or two of Carnation Instant Breakfast in it. I almost never buy the premixed chocolate milk in the store (except as a dessert treat), because it’s got much more sugar and fewer vitamins.
However…since Yael started school in September, she’s been drinking chocolate milk at breakfast at her school almost every day. (Every kid gets a free breakfast, probably because it’s a Title I school, but Yael won’t eat any of the foods, my little picky eater.) And I’m ambivalent about it, because now we’re talking about the premixed stuff.
As it happens, Yael is skinny as a rail, so it’s probably not doing her any harm, but…she doesn’t need the extra sugar, certainly. (Both her daddy and one grandma are diabetic.) And I would prefer she keep her taste for the much less sweet chocolate milk I serve at home.
And what about kids who aren’t skinny enough to get lost behind saplings? Should we be encouraging them to drink the stuff?
My kids won’t drink what my father calls “naked milk.” Barak won’t because Yael won’t, and Yael won’t because when she was little she was neither eating nor drinking anything and we were desperate to get some calories into her, so we started adding a little chocolate.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. (Isn’t that always the way? “Tubby snack” seemed like a good idea at the time, too. ::sigh::) But now I’m really worried that I’ve set my kids up for much less healthy food choices.
So, what about you? Do you give your kids any kind of chocolate milk? Should schools offer chocolate milk at all? Only the skim milk kind? Would it be okay if they served a reformulated chocolate milk that had less sugar and fat?