My son was a little bit addicted to chocolate milk in his super fussy years. Just like his days of white-blond curls adorning his beautiful head have gone, so to have his super-fussy, refusing any food that didn’t come out of a boob days. In those dark and frustrating times he seemed to live on toast, milk and air. It didn’t help that he is naturally a little mite (I fear he has inherited my petite stature), I’m sure people thought I wasn’t feeding him at all. I was! He just wasn’t into food.
With two older children to wrangle as well, I took the easy route and gave him what I knew he would eat. Toast and milk. I know there was way more than just toast and milk, but my memories of that time focus on this. My middle daughter was also pretty good at creating her own havoc with my plans to feed my kids nourishing food. Our chickens were well fed during this time, that’s for sure.
In order to try and nourish his little body I devised a cunning plan to make sure his beloved chocolate milk was full of the good stuff. I bought a decent blender and started with just full cream milk, cacao and honey. Initially, he told me it was yuck and he wouldn’t drink it. However, every time he asked for chocolate milk (daily!) this is what I gave him. Blow me down, he eventually started drinking it. I then decided to boost it a bit more and added banana, which was a downright fail. Next step was to add frozen banana instead to make it more like a milkshake, all cold and creamy. It is amazing how changing the texture of a disliked food can all of sudden make it a liked food. He even started eating frozen banana pieces all on their own, woohoo. I thought that I would try and take this milk even further and added avocado for a good fat and fibre hit. He didn’t even notice this change and hoovered it up.
I have never met a child who can drink chocolate milk quicker than my little fella. He will have his ‘chocolate milk’ most mornings as well as his breakfast. Mackie is now what I consider to be an ‘eater’, trying new foods and inhaling favourites. Like most kids, some days sees him eating way more than others. He follows his hunger cues and I just go with it and I don’t let it stress me out like it used to.
Mackie’s Chocolate Milk
2 cups milk of choice (cow’s, almond, whatever your little person is into)
1-2 tsp cacao powder, depends on how chocolately you like it
1-2 tsp honey, depends on how sweet you want it
1 frozen banana
Pop everything into a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Serve in a favourite glass, fancy stripey straw optional.