This post is sponsored by Milk Life, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
It has been so hot here in Arizona! We are always looking for ways to keep cool and hydrated. One of our favorite summer pastimes is bonding in the kitchen – cooking, baking, doing the dishes together, etc! Our mornings always start at the gym (mama works out and the kids run wild at the gym day care). Afterwards, we go home and make lunch as a family and spend quality time in the kitchen. This past week we tried a new recipe and all loved it! Featuring our favorite drink… milk!
My girls love milk. LOVE IT. They could drink it day and night if they had their way. Drinking low fat or fat free milk after exercise (or play) could restore and maintain hydration better than other popular post-exercise beverages, including water, according to one study. Researchers suggest it’s due to milk’s electrolyte content and energy density. You can read more about that HERE.
Many people are surprised to learn that milk – including white or chocolate milk – can help hydrate after exercise. Milk contains electrolytes including calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium to help replenish what’s lost in sweat. In fact, milk is a top food source of potassium in the American diet. Each 8-ounce glass of milk has as much potassium as a small banana. That’s why we always enjoy a fresh glass of milk after the gym!
I am so excited to share our new favorite drink recipe that incorporates milk! This recipe is perfect for summer hydration and to keep the kids drinking milk all summer long! My kids always ask for more and it makes me happy that they’re staying hydrated and drinking yummy milk!!
EASY AND DELICIOUS HORCHATA
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of uncooked rice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Sliced fruits (kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, or whatever sounds yummy to you!)
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 10 cups of water
What to do:
- Soak the rice and cinnamon stick in 4 cups of water in a blender container for 10 minutes.
- Blend the water, rice and cinnamon stick in the blender until mixture is smooth.
- Pour the mixture through a strainer and into large jar or pitcher.
- Add 6 cups of water, 3 cups of milk, and the two cans of milk.
- Stir with a spoon until everything is blended.
- Add fruit! (We opted to add fruit to the individual glasses, so we could choose what fruit we wanted!)
My kids could drink this horchata all day long! I love how much they love milk and all the benefits that come from drinking milk. Whether it’s a glass of horchata or a fresh glass of milk.