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From the time my first baby started milk products, I’ve been conscious about the quality of the milk I purchased. Now, about 13 years later, I am pretty much set in the brands I continually purchase because I’ve learned which companies are transparent about their products and which I trust around my family. I base my options on a variety of factors. Specifically for milk products, I like to know that the animals are treated well, have plenty of access to outdoors and sunshine, are not treated with unnecessary medications, and preferably fed a diet rich in grass and greens they would typically eat if they were out in the wild.
Organic Valley has been a brand I trust for my family for over a decade. It was the first milk for all three of my babies and is still our milk of choice. A few years after we started using Organic Valley milk, the company introduced “Grass Milk” which promises their cows are grass-fed. Sure, they are slightly pricier per gallon of milk than non-organic, non-grass-fed milk at $6.29 per gallon, but I’m willing to pay that premium knowing my family is getting a nutrient-packed product.
A few facts about Organic Valley Milk-
- Rich, creamy taste
- 13 essential nutrients
- Certified organic
- Farmer-owned cooperative
- No toxic pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or GMOs
- From cows who are well cared for and get to exhibit their natural behaviors
To make the perfect hot cocoa with Organic Valley Milk, I mix 2 tsp organic cocoa powder, 2 tsp cane sugar, and 6oz of milk in a saucepan. Stir on medium heat until the mixture is warm to hot and all the ingredients have dissolved. You can add a sprinkle of cinnamon and your favorite whipped cream- I like to whip up my own topping with some whipped heavy cream and a touch of sugar and vanilla extract!
You can learn more about Organic Valley and their values by visiting them on the web at https://www.organicvalley.coop/.