My H is getting older, taller and more independent with each passing month. One of the biggest differences, from even just a year ago, is how much he is eating now that he is growing fast. He eats much more than I do and needs regular snacks, as well as three good meals a day, to keep pace with his ever-stretching body. This inevitably means he is often eating at different times to me and is starting to help himself to food from the fridge or the cupboard. So I do try to make sure there are plenty of healthy choices easily available and whilst he does have a bit of a sweet tooth, he does pick out plenty of nourishing foods to eat too.
We always have milk in the fridge ready to drink: it’s there for cups of tea or mugs of hot chocolate, topping a breakfast bowl of cereal, or even just on its own as a glass of milk. Dairy is an important food group and we make sure that we include it each day in what we eat. Dairy is the one of highest sources of calcium and is important for growing children to support the growth and maintenance of normal bones and teeth. That’s why we have teamed up with Arla Goodness. Arla Goodness is a new milk from Arla Foods. It provides 50% of an adult’s daily calcium requirement in just one 250ml glass and contains 1% fat (which is less than semi-skimmed), but 30% more protein than semi-skimmed milk. It’s an easy way to make sure you and your family keep yourselves topped up with much-needed nutrients like calcium as you go about your busy lives.
Arla Goodness suggested we try a fun night in as a family and we were more than willing to give it a go. They sent us a kit of items to get us started and we had a lot of fun with them. To begin with we decided to get arty by decorating our hot chocolate mugs. H was keen to try out a couple of artistic ideas on the mugs. He began art classes at school last year, so he started off by using the Arla Goodness bottle for a still life subject. Then we moved onto a happy cheerful mug which seemed to sum up the mood of the evening with a happy smiley-faced sun.
For our night in we treated ourselves to hot chocolate with marshmallows, made with Arla Goodness milk of course, and yummy homemade popcorn (so easy to make in the machine, plus healthy too as it’s salt and sugar free).
Obviously a night in needs to have some entertainment and we settled for a game or two of H’s favourite board game: Skull. It’s an easy to pick up game, which can become very strategic and competitive, and I love the colourful cards that you play with.
Arla Goodness is available at selected Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores.
Disclosure: This post is in association with Arla Goodness.