Everything you consume should contribute to your health and a balanced diet. Our busy lifestyles make it difficult to always eat a healthy balanced meals.
Where possible, I like to buy products that can add to the healthy fats, vitamins and also nutritious.
Every morning, I make porridge with Arla organic whole milk which gives it a really creamy flavour. I like it a little bit runny and I have it with raw honey from small artisan beekeepers or as in the picture, some raspberry jam from Scotland. If I have some around, I add a bit of bee pollen. Recently, I have been adding a tablespoonful of quinoa flour too.
If you are like me, I tend to have multiple cups of tea a day, with a generous dash of milk. I sometimes drink cold milk as a beverage too (with an added swirl of chocolate to make a milky chocolate milk).
I like to have a regular supply of organic full fat milk in the fridge as its handy to add to soups and for making custard for puddings. If you buy quality full fat milk, you can make your own paneer cheese too. It’s quite simple to do. https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-paneer-cheese-in-30-minutes-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-57008
Full fat milk is healthier than skimmed milk
Whole milk is one of the products that I always buy organic. In a study by
Washington State University , they found that organic milk has significantly more omega 3 fatty acids than regular milk. This is especially true of Arla organic milk as the cows are grass fed. Other cows are fed with grains that is known to increase the inflammation inducing Omega 6 fatty acids.
Full fat milk also has vitamins A and D which are fat-soluble and need fat to be absorbed by the body.
I like to know that the milk I am drinking and adding to my food has additional nutritional benefits.
I especially like the Arla free range organic milk as I have visited one of the free range dairy farms, know that they have high welfare standards and the animals are all free range.
I saw first hand that all the cows are kept in lush green fields. The cows feed on not just the grass but also all the meadow flowers and plants that grow wild on those farms. Without the use of pesticides, natural wild flowers grow alongside the grass. This wild forage feed gives the milk it’s rich flavour and colour. Not all organic milk is from grass fed cows.
Organic milk goes through some stringent tests before they are allowed to be sold on the supermarket shelves. The organic milk quality is checked for every truck full of milk that is sent to central processing.
What is Arla organic free range milk
Arla has 89 free range organic dairy farms around Britain. All the milk is produced on farms that do not use pesticides.
My choice is always organic whole milk instead of semi-skimmed. There is still a lot of irrational fear of fat that drives the average consumer to buy only semi-skimmed. In reality, whole milk has only 3.25% fat vs 2% of semi-skimmed.
A glass of whole milk has 14% of our daily protein requirement. If you are on a high protein diet, you can add a tablespoon of quinoa flour to increase your protein intake.
Milk also has 31% of our daily calcium requirement and 41% of iodine, which is required for our thyroid health. (Source: https://www.milk.co.uk/nutritious-dairy/)
Arla Organic Milk is available as whole milk or semi-skimmed in 2l bottles, RRP £1.75
This article was written in collaboration with Arla Organic.