Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oatmeal Cookies and the Health Benefits of Milk.

G'day from Oz lovely friends.

One of the best things about working part-time is that I have re-discovered the joys of baking. I haven't baked cakes and cookies for years so I have been making up for lost time these last few weeks by baking up a cookie and cake storm! I think that my husband and children are also enjoying this new passion for baking! When the kids come home from school we have been sharing stories about our day over oatmeal cookies and a glass of milk!

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Well, my son and I have been loving the milk and we could drink it all day but my 13 year old daughter doesn't enjoy milk very much so the cookies are more of a bribe to help her drink it.  I think she takes after my mother because Mum is not a big milk drinker either. 

Perhaps after they have read this post they might think differently about drinking milk.

So, Mum and Madeleine about the Health Benefits of Milk?

1.   Milk contains protein which is essential for healthy brain development, body tissue growth, and heart health. It is also a natural treatment for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) with studies showing that women taking 1,000 to 1,300 milligrams of calcium rich foods such as milk experience significant improvements in their mood and less pain and bloating during the menstrual cycle.
2.   Milk contains Vitamin A a well known anti-infective vitamin required  for the immune system to function properly. Fat-free milk with vitamin A comes with 10 percent of the vitamin A that a person needs each day.
3.   Milk contains Vitamin B12 which is needed to produce red blood cells for a healthy nervous system.
4.   In order for the body to absorb calcium, it needs Vitamin D. By getting about 15 minutes of sun each day you can get a healthy dose but we don't seem to be getting adequate amounts of sun exposure these days. Milk can help us here! There is a bonus when it comes to Calcium too- it can keep us trim and help prevent osteoporosis!  A study of adolescent girls showed those who consumed the most calcium were also the leanest. Researchers found that calcium at the cellular level causes fat to be broken down in the cell and speeds up the rate at which calories are burned. If we drink a cup of milk and we will get 31 percent of your necessary daily calcium, making it a great food to help prevent osteoporosis.
5.   Milk contains Potassium which helps to maintain proper electrolyte and acid base balance in the body, lowers the risk of high blood pressure, and ensures that both nerves function properly. A study titled Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), showed that people who consumed a diet rich in fruits and vegetables had lower blood pressure. Add three servings of milk products and the blood pressure lowering effect is doubled!

See Mum and Maddy-you need to drink your milk!!!

 Now, I can't provide the same kinds of scientific evidence to support the idea that eating 3 serves of cookies is a healthy thing to do but if it helps the milk go down then maybe once a day could be OK? 

So, if you need a yummy oatmeal cookie recipe to help the milk go down you should give these a try. 

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Delicious Oatmeal Cookies
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1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup
packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3 cup flour
3/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon
baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1 1/2 cups rolled oats

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baking, health benefits of milk, Milk and cookies, oatmeal cookies, Natasha in Oz, recipe 

I also added some craisins and some ground LSA (Linseed, Sunflower kernels and almonds) mix. It gave it a nice nutty flavour.

 baking, health benefits of milk, Milk and cookies, oatmeal cookies, Natasha in Oz, recipe, LSA mix

You just mix all of the ingredients together, form them into balls and bake in an oven set at 350/180/gas mark 4.

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 baking, health benefits of milk, Milk and cookies, oatmeal cookies, Natasha in Oz, recipe

Just don't let the oatmeal cookies get too brown.
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I have to say that these really are the yummiest oatmeal cookies I have ever had and they went beautifully with an ice-cold milk!
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I decided to have a couple of warm cookies before the kids came home so I set up my laptop to do a bit of blogging at our new breakfast bar.

I used one of my white square Maxwell and Williams plates, a Luigi Bormioli crystal glass and one of my vintage linen napkins.
 baking, health benefits of milk, Milk and cookies, oatmeal cookies, Natasha in Oz, recipe

 baking, health benefits of milk, Milk and cookies, oatmeal cookies, Natasha in Oz, recipe

 baking, health benefits of milk, Milk and cookies, oatmeal cookies, Natasha in Oz, recipe

I really hope that you try this yummy recipe for oatmeal cookies; I can personally guarantee that the cookies go beautifully with a glass of milk!

Best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz 
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  1. YUMM!
    Would love to have you visit!

    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  2. Those cookies look great! I think they just may help *me* drink my milk, too. Thanks!

    Stopping by from SITS!

  3. Ahhhhh...they look sooooo yummy...I have just one question...how many WW points for two of them?


  4. Oh yea darl those look bloody tasty! :) i have a weak spot for oatmeal choc chip cookies :) i use dark choc chips as dark choc is a lil better for ya! I play around alot with my cookie recipe cuz we dont eat alot of sugar in our house :) thanks for droppin by my blog the other day always love when i run into an aussie! im off to check out some of ur other posts :)

  5. Yum,

    I wish I could just reach through the screen and take a cookie. I'm just passing through from SITS. Its fun to connect with people that live in Australia. I lived in Sydney for 2 years and miss it everyday. Take care.


  6. I just had some milk and cookies, not freshly baked though :(

  7. Natasha,

    Thank you so much for stopping by. You have a wonderful blog. I will be back to visit!

    The cookies look wonderful.


  8. Hi, It is a joy to visit your blog. The cookies are making me hungry for a treat but it is only 6:25am here in the states so I better have breakfast first :)...Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your kind comment. Now I am off for a glass of milk, which I don't care for, but you have convinced me I need!

  9. These look soooo yummie, I agree with you that homemade cookies are one off the advantages of a stay at home mum, the smell of fresh baked goodies are one of the things that make a house a home !

  10. I love milk and cookies, milk and fresh baked bread, milk and cake...I fail to understand those who don't.

  11. Your cookies look so good, Natasha and the presentation is so pretty. I copied the recipe. Thanks..Christine

  12. oh what a great post and a good reminder on how important milk is

  13. Oh, Natasha, those cookies look so yummy. What a great way to encourage milk drinking. I'd drink carrot juice for those cookies! Rosie

  14. Natasha, What a beautiful post. I was home when my boys came back from school and I always had home made cookies or chocolate chip muffins waiting with a glass of milk. We would sit together my 4 boys and I and they would tell me about their day. You brought back wonderful memories. One day you will look back and say That was a very good thing?

  15. Beautiful post!!! I always struggle with the after school snack and I never really thought of milk and cookies like this! Sometimes my mom will make cookies, but they are not into milk despite my trying. I think I will try some like this though. Thanks for stopping by! You can get those plates sometimes on ebay and replacements always has them. There are only four that I know of.

  16. Why is it that milk tastes its very best when accompanied with cookies, or maybe chocolate cake? Yum, yum!


  17. Even milk in a crystal glass isn't going to make me want to drink it! I am with your mother and daughter when it comes to drinking milk...but I do like oatmeal cookies.

  18. Of course cookies have nutritional value:) I eat enough cookies to confirm that fact:) Your oatmeal cookies look good and I like them warm from the oven with milk or a cup of tea. I like your Harrods tea towel too. I made Irish Soda Bread today as little gifts for friends. I know it is early but I had some free time this AM. My house smells wonderful as I am sure your home smells good from all the baking you are doing.

  19. Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a great Thursday!!! :)

  20. Oooh yum... I will take mine with cafe creme svp!

  21. Aloha,
    I am a forever Baker and I love it! there is such comfort and enjoyment that my family enjoys....yummy post

  22. Oh, can I come over after school? I promise to drink my milk. :)

  23. Bonjour Natasha,

    Oh I love Oatmeal cookies but believe it or not I have trouble find oats in Paris so I have to go to an American store. I'd love to come join you all for some milk and cookies. Thanks for the recipe.
    It is so nice you are able to be a stay at home Mom - I think that is the most important job in the world. Your kids are so lucky.
    Take care my friend

  24. Cookies look great. Milk facts particularly interesting.

  25. Hi Natasha!
    I love your counter tops and cupboards! They look beautiful, what fun to bake in your kitchen! The cookies look delicious also, makes me hungry for some. I just got a new oven after my last one bit the dust, so now I can finally make the kiddos some cookies!!!

  26. May I join you and your children after school for milk and cookies? Oatmeal are my favorite!

  27. How yummy, Natasha. The weather has been cooler for baking too.

  28. What a sweet mom to make these cookies just to have with a glass of milk. I'm a bit like your Miss M I'm afraid, but I do think I'd drink a class of milk if a cookie comes with the deal. LOL
    Fun post!

  29. Hi again,

    Left you a previous comment (if you look up a bit LOL). Thanks for visiting my blog 18 TO Life. I have 2 blogs, at the moment, and I think I will be shutting the one you left a comment on unfortunately. I will only be posting on Anne-Marie With A Dash. I dont know what I was thinking of opening up a second one. Unfortunately, I will be loosing your comment and your "follower badge". Hopefully you will come and visit me at the other, more current, blog. If you have the time or as you say "5 minutes just for me", hopefully you will click the "follower button" again because I would love to keep in touch with you as you have a lovely blog. Thanks again.

    Anne-Marie : D

  30. Looks so yummy, I'm heading for the kitchen right now to have some cookies and milk. Thanks for the post

  31. Can I help myslef to one? Miam .. delicious!

  32. Yumm..we love cookies and milk,too! Well...Sarah and I agree with you on the milk part!! So we load it with chocolate syrup :)
    The kids will love this recipe!!
    Your breakfast bar is awesome! I love the color, is it marble? And is marble hard to care for?
    Looks great! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  33. What a good mom you are - having milk and cookies ready for your kids. I've never been much of a baker, but your post sure made me hungry for oatmeal, raisin cookies!

  34. Those cookies look utterly divine, and I have to admit that I am completely enthralled with the idea of this LSA mix! But first things first, where did you get those beautiful napkins?

  35. you have made the glass of milk look
    almost as delicious as the cookies!


  36. Mmmm! Those cookies look wonderful. I also love to bake!

    Though, unfortunately, my son and I are lactose intolerant, so no milk for us!

  37. YUMMM!!! Why did you have to post this??? I want some right this minute!!! PLEASE!!!! Loving your blog......came over from Mommy Blogs.......sending a vour your way right now........first a cookie!
    Mama Holli

  38. Is there anything better than cookies and milk? I've never heard of L.S.A. but anything with almonds is fine with me.

    I've been a follower, but today as I was checking my blog list it said that I could no longer see your blog. I removed you from my list and added you back in. Hopefully I will start getting notices of your posts again.


  39. Natasha, they look delicious. That's one way to get me to drink milk, too!! ;D

    Glad to have you participating in Saturday Blog Showcase!!

  40. you are welcome to bake something for me. those cookies look yummy:)

    happy Saturday from SITSas:)

  41. I am kinda with your Mum & daughter! I will only frink milk if it is chocolate milk! I did enjoy reading you reasons on why we need milk!
    I also have to say that I love your breakfast bar! It is gorgeous!!

    Thanks fot stopping at my blog today! Happy SITS Saturday!

  42. Well, your gorgeous photos have convinced me to try the recipe, for sure! Beautiful setting, too, at that lovely new breakfast bar with all your pretty items. PERFECT!

  43. Oh, how wonderful! I too am a SAHM and was raised by one...my fondest memories are of milk and cookies after school!

  44. Natasha, thank your for showcasing my Oatmeal Cookie recipe. Your cookies look perfect. I can just imagine how thrilled your children are to be met with freshly baked cookies after a long day at school. Brings back some lovely memories of when my son was young.

    I'd love one or two with my morning coffee.

    You have a wonderful blog.


  45. What wonderful cookies! Lucky kids! I'm not a milk drinker, but these cookies could entice me.
    The light looks so lovely in your home. Must be late summer early fall?

  46. thanks for coming over to my blog! and thanks for the compliment
    I love your blog, would love it if you would follow mine.


  47. What a fabulous post Natasha...All that info about milk too...I didn't realize it did all that!!! Love your new lap top set up in that kitchen...how cool is that♥x

  48. They look very tempting and nearly healthy. I love your glass dome!

  49. Looking so so delicious, Natascha! Perfect place to store them: right next to your laptop. All the candy next to each other!

    Have a lovely evening & Sweet Dreams!!


  50. I think I will blog with cookies and milk at my side from now on!!!

    From not so warm Florida...

  51. Your cookies look so delicious, Natasha, and your photos are terrific! You have a great blog and I'm now off to look around.

    Thanks so much for stopping to visit. Hope to see you again.

  52. My 3rd grade cook-book says "Confucious say woman who bake are smart cookies"
    Any left, I will be right over for a cookie!


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