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In my house in addition to speaking Spanish, another way to preserve our Chilean culture is cooking traditional foods. One of my favorite snacks growing up was drinking milk with peaches. In summer, fruit in Chile is abundant and cheap. And if you have a yard at home, you probably have a fruit tree growing there.
At my grandparents’ house, they have a large yard with avocados, walnuts, sour cherries, peaches, and apricots trees. So it was as simple as going outside, grabbing a fruit and starting to eat. My hometown sits amid fields and orchards, it was not uncommon to receive a box of peaches, apricots or strawberries as a gift.
A simple and delicious way to consume all this fruit was with milk. Sometimes sweetened with honey, others with sugar. My grandmother did not add any spice, but I do from time to time to give it a different touch. I love cloves and cinnamon.
As a girl, I took my milk with peaches or banana with pleasure and without thinking, but now as a mother I worry that the snacks or breakfast are not just something quick to fill the stomach, I like to be something from our culture and also nutritious for my daughters: making sure it provides them with the protein and energy to do well in school and not be tempted with sweets and junk food.
An effective way to meet the needs of protein in our diet is consuming milk. Milk provides 8 grams of protein per cup, either whole or skim. At home, I buy whole milk or 2% because it has a delicious taste. And my daughters prefer it. Milk also contains nine essential nutrients and is one of the cheapest sources of protein. It also provides calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, which are essential nutrients for healthy growth.
A cup of milk has more grams of protein than a large egg (6 grams) and together they give you 14 grams of proteins for a good breakfast. In the American culture, often the meal of the day with more protein in it is dinner, this is not good. You should include proteins in each meal and snack. And a cup of milk whole, skim or with flavored may be just what your meal or snack needs.
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And if you serve the milk with peaches drink with almonds you increase your protein intake. (24 almonds have 6 grams of protein). A snack of milk with peaches plus 24 almonds contains 14 grams of high-quality proteins in the daily diet of your children.
Milk with Peaches
4 servings (8 grams of protein for serving)
- 4 peaches, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and ground cloves, optional
- 4 cups milk, I used whole
- 1/4 cup honey or sweetener of choice to taste
- In a saucepan place the peaches with the spices and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Let cool.
- In blender place milk, cooked peaches and honey.
- Blend for 2 minutes until completely incorporated.
- Taste and adjust sweetness.
- Serve cold.
Note: Traditionally in my family, we used raw, and very ripe peaches. I prefer to cook the peaches with spices to improve the flavor and prevent the drink from changing color.