(Originally posted here)
When the kids turned a year old, they switched from the preemie formula they'd been on for 9 months (since my milk dried up) to organic whole cow's milk. I'd talked to the pediatrician about other types of milk (rice, almond, etc) but her concern was that they would need the calories offered by the cow's milk (150c/8oz). This is a large difference, when you consider almond milk is 60c/8oz (for original; unsweeteend is 40c). That being said, these kids are good eaters, so as we've been discussing adding even more new foods into their diets, nut and grain milks have once again come up. Some are fairly high calorie, so it wont be a big deal, calorically. And, since I keep up with what they eat and about how many calories they are getting per meal, adding in a little extra for a snack or meal isnt an issue either.
So, today... Their cups have been filled with oat milk! With 130c/8oz, there's only about 40 calories I'll need to make up throughout the day (they normally drink about 16oz of milk throughout the day from their cups). That's easily made up with a cinnamon graham animal cracker covered with peanut butter (the kids get the creamy while I love the super chunk!). The problem is that they will go through a box of the oat milk today! Since they are a little over $3 each, it makes it out to be about the same as the organic milk we buy ($7/gal, and we go through a gallon every 2 days). I bought one box of oat and one of hazelnut milk too, although at 110c/8oz, I'll need to add in 2 more cookies/PB to their snacks. And, I have a box of hemp milk (140c/8oz) to try.
The oat milk is a hit it seems... I gave them their cups with breakfast at 8:30am. Normally, they need a refill at lunch time (around 1-1:30pm) and that carries them through the afternoon, when they get water (or, if I give them juice, then they get their milk at lunch and drink through dinner). But, at 9:30, I had to refill Bobby's cup! Usually, he drinks more than Maya by an ounce or two (she's drank half her cup so far), so this is quite the love of (oat) milk! We'll see if hazelnut and hemp milks are as loved! EDIT@11:30am- The box of oat milk? GONE! I just filled up their cups (M for the 1st time, to make for her second cup, and I topped B off to make for his 2.5 cup). Talk about excited to drink!
(Just a side... I dont plan on introducing soy milk into their diets in the near (or distant) futures. We do eat a fair amount of meat substitutes, but we typically eat Quorn products which are soy-free. However, when I make things using Morningstar or Boca, those items do contain soy. With them getting it in that, as well as a food additive (which, it seems, it is in everything!), they already get soy. Nine times out of ten, I'm cooking with Quorn so I dont worry about it, but it isnt something I want to add on top of everything else.)