March 10, 2011
Calcium-rich snacks the focus of children's cooking class Friday

BLUEBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE.JPGSpots are still available for a children's cooking class at the Sloughhouse YMCA.

The California Milk Processor Board, the folks behind the GOT MILK? campaign, is hosting the class, which will teach kids how to make healthier after-school snacks.

Given that children get about a third of their daily calories from after-school snacks and they're not getting enough calcium - 90 percent of girls and 75 percent of boys ages 9 to 13 have inadequate calcium intake, according to the National Institutes of Health - the board is trying to advise more milk-based snacks.

The class is being held from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. at the YMCA at 13580 Jackson Highway in Sloughhouse.

The class is open to children ages 6 to 12. Each attendee will receive a GOT MILK? apron and special gift, said Norma Leon, a GOT MILK? spokeswoman.

For reservations, e-mail or call (310) 473-4422.

Can't make it to the class? Here is a recipe from the GOT MILK? folks.

Blueberry & Banana Cream Milkshake
Serves: 2

1 cup blueberries
1 medium banana
1 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon vanilla whey
1 tablespoon honey
One 6-ounce container light vanilla yogurt
1 cup ice

In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with blueberries.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories: 237; Total Fat: 0.7 g; Calcium: 289 mg

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