You’ve already been reading on our Facebook page, Twitter stream and on Tuesday’s post that last week Roxana and I spent four days together in NYC during the BlogHer annual convention. To be able to continue to grow SpanglishBaby into an organic community with real and loud voices, we need to branch out where people are paying attention. Let me tell you, SpanglishBaby was getting lots of attention at BlogHer and it’s all yours!
Part of that attention was a call from the Got Milk? people asking us to support their infamous Milk Mustache campaign. My first thought was, “What does this have to do with raising bilingual and bicultural children?” Then I started thinking about milk in general and how it’s always been part of my bicultural life. I started getting images in my head and savoring the taste of memories of the glass of leche con guineo (banana) I was served practically every morning in El Salvador as an essential part of my breakfast.
I realized that milk is an integral part of our cultura as Hispanics. How many of you grew up on Chocomilk, or avena con leche, or all sorts of licuados made with milk and exotic fruits like mamey and papaya? It’s as if our mamás and abuelitas knew that skipping breakfast can put kids at a disadvantage at school. Studies now suggest that breakfast skippers have a harder time concentrating in the classroom, which could interfere with learning and school performance. Really, who can concentrate on an empty and growling stomach?
Plus, there has to be truth to the remedio casero of drinking a warm glass of milk to soothe you before bed. I can see it in my 3YO daughter how she demands her lechita right after dinner every night as a way to calm herself down. It’s almost addictive, she needs it. Like her mamá needs a café con leche before starting the day!
So, I decided I would be happy to join three amazing bloggers–Audrey McClellan, Lori and the beautifully pregnant Christine Young–in sporting a Milk Mustache and be the bilingual/bicultural Latina representing our community. Tell me, how did I do? And I’ll tell you how they get the Milk Mustache to stay!
By the way, was checking out the Elige Leche website and found some great milk-based recipes in español that have a taste of home; like a tres leches cake and natilla de maracuyá. Sabroso and good for you.
What are some of your favorite traditional and nutritional ways to drink milk or use it in a recipe?
Disclosure: I was compensated to be part of the Got Milk? campaign during BlogHer ’10. All statements are my own and my family’s obsession for milk is real.
I grabbed a bottle of their chocolate milk at the expo…it was yummy! lol
Chocolate milk is always yummy! It’s the ultimate comfort drink for my girl. I know…Jamie Oliver would kick my behind for giving her chocolate milk instead of whole milk. But whatever works to get her drinking lechita
how exciting! congrats on the campaign. You are absolutely right, my Mom never skipped breakfast and now I do the same with my 2yo. I make licuados or avena con canela y leche. and she now asks for her chocomil.
Maybe when we move back to Colorado i will have the pleasure of meeting your colleague Roxana in person.
I really enjoy reading your blog.
Thanks, Elisa. Licuados are magical! A smoothie is always such a great and wholesome treat. I’m also a big oatmeal fan. You find Chocomilk in Croatia or something similar?
My husband doesn’t know how to cook, but he can make “leche con guineo” and makes it for the kids sometimes, too. They love it.
I just like plain, cold, skim milk. I’m not real hungry early in the morning, but I make myself have a little something usually. Milk goes so well with a piece of whole grain toast with a little bit of peanut butter.
My husband laughs that I call it guineo. Had to teach my girl the word banana instead. Figured it would be easier.
Now that we’re in El Salvador she’ll have to learn guineo even if her dad likes it or not.
Ana I am so excited for you. So are you going to be in ads with mustache and all?
…and we call it banana and guineo– platano. Gotta love the beauty of language.
Love the backstory on this picture amiga! An estrella/star in the Got Milk? world! Way to go!