Letting Go And Getting Messy

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Raise your hand if you’re one of those moms that have your kids help all the time with making food or desserts.  God bless you.  I know my mom used to have Aubrey help all the time with making food but it would give me such anxiety.  Why? Because I’m worried about the mess.  But the biggest fear is actually being able to eat it after.  (dang double dipper taste testers!!).  But, after preschool had Cooking Week – I figured, I can do this.

IMG_1402It’s been a real scorcher lately and I wanted to create something for the kids to enjoy after school (or, nap time on the weekends) that could help them cool off.  I remembered something we used to buy all the time (premade) growing up and wanted to do a DIY version for the kids.  I headed to our Ralph’s and picked up 4 ingredients – instant pudding (vanilla and chocolate), whipped topping, and a2 Milk® whole milk.

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Why a2 Milk®?  When I saw how much milk was needed in the recipe, I wanted something milder on our tummies.  The A1 protein is the culprit behind many people’s discomfort after consuming dairy, and currently in all conventional & organic milks on the U.S. market.  a2 Milk® only comes from specially selected a2 cows, whose milk is naturally free of the A1 protein.

When I told them they were going to make us special treats on the way home from school, they wanted hints.  Luckily our drive is about the length of a Frozen song, so all I was able to say was that it needed a stick.

IMG_1400I opened the boxes and Luke took a big whiff and said OOOOH CHOCOLATE!!! and I quickly realized I needed to keep an eye on him at all times if I wanted to enjoy some of these pudding pops.

Aubrey is an excellent stirrer.  She got out all the clumps in her vanilla pudding.  I wish I could say the same for Luke’s.  Oh well, maybe another time :)

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I had visions of picking up a million pieces of Pyrex while we did this.  I’m happy to say we all survived.

Once we added the 2 cups of a2 Milk® – I went a bit off course and added in 1 cup of whipped topping.  I had placed it in the fridge when I got home from the store so it was softer.  It made each pudding a bit fluffier.  I’m not sure I would do this again next time – it froze weird. BUT man, was it delicious.

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Ignore the random additions of toys on the table.

IMG_1414Luke was dying to eat his pudding so I told them they could each lick their fork while I prepped the next step.  And for the record, I think I said NODONTSTICKYOURFORKBACKINTHERE only about 100 times.

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I alternated the puddings to have it more of a “swirl” end result.  It was pretty hard to get the pudding in there.  I think this was due to the fluffiness. I probably just should have stuck to the recipe and use 3 cups of the a2 Milk®. Lesson learned.

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See? The chocolate needed some work.

One last bit of help from my Helpers and they were ready for the freezer.  It was extremely difficult to explain to Luke that he really did need to wait a few hours to eat these…

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The next day, after a trip to our pool, we came back and we finally got to try out the treats we made!

IMG_1430 IMG_1428And awesome mom hack (that my mom did to show me) – find a tall coffee cup, put the pops in there and fill with warm water! Better conservation method than just having it run under sink water :)

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If you are one of the 4 Americans that experience discomfort after drinking milk, I highly suggest you try this real milk option.  The amount of protein found in a2 Milk® offers approximately 6 times the amount of calcium of soy beverages, 8 times the amount of protein of almond beverages, and 6 times the potassium levels of rice beverages.  Not sure if you can find a2 Milk® near you? Check their store locator and follow them on Facebook & Twitter!

Don’t forget to read about my past posts as an a2 Milk® ambassador – our visit to a local farm and some of my favorite treats!

Do your kids help cook in the kitchen? Any tips for me to do this more??

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