Friday, February 26, 2010

I must admit, I have always been a milk fan.  When my mother had to fuss to get my sisters to drink their milk, I would have gladly have finished there's and mine too. Today, my family enjoys drinking milk just not quite as much as I did and still do.  The kids only like to have milk in the cereal of to have chocolate milk if it's to drink.  So I was very happy when I was offered the chance to review and sample Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk. Over there years there have been numerous reports about the growth hormones in regular milk, so I was really happy to see that this is an organic product that takes care of that concern for me.

The kids love the flavor of the Horizon Organic Chocolate milk. It doesn't have the same flavor as most chocolate milks, which I can only describe as somewhat chalky.  This has a very smooth and sweet flavor, but not overly sweet.   Just take a look at the panel for Ingredients and Nutrition Facts:

Ingredients: Organic Grade A Lowfat Milk, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa, Organic Vanilla Flavor, DHA Algal Oil, Carrageenan, Salt, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories  170   Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *

Total Fat 3g 4%
    Saturated Fat 2g 8%
    Trans Fat  0g
Cholesterol 15mg 4%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 9%
    Dietary Fiber  <1g 4%
    Sugars  27g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A   10% Vitamin C   0%
Calcium   30% Iron   2%
Vitamin D   25% Phosphorus 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g  80g
  Sat Fat Less than 20g  25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg  300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg  2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g  375g
Dietary Fiber 25g  30g
Calories per gram:
Fat 9    Carbohydrate 4    Protein 4

It's also great because the milk also comes in boxes with their own straws that can be packed in the kids lunch box/bag. It also doesn't hurt that it is low fat and tastes great.

Horizon Organic® Lowfat Chocolate Milk Plus DHA Omega-3 provides a great-tasting and easy way to add calcium and DHA to your family’s diet. DHA Omega-3 is an important nutrient that helps support heart, brain and eye health. Available in lowfat half gallons and quarts.

In addition to the great taste, DHA Omega-3 is a natural building block that supports brain development and function throughout life. It’s good for the whole family, but is especially valuable for young children to support their rapid growth.

DHA belongs to a category of healthy fatty acids known as Omega-3's. Found in high concentrations in the tissues of the brain and eye, DHA Omega-3 is thought to help support healthy function in these areas. DHA has also been shown to help support heart health.

• DHA provides a nutritional boost for children's growing minds and bodies. Children's brains grow incredibly fast. In fact, the brain nearly quadruples in the first five years of life.

• DHA is a key structural component of the brain, yet many young children don't get their recommended DHA from common dietary sources like fish

Horizon Organic® Milk Plus DHA Omega-3 is fortified with a natural, 100 percent vegetarian and sustainable source of DHA - a safe, wholesome, delicious way to bring more of this important nutrient into your family's diet.

Visit to learn more! You can also find great recipes on the website like this:

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Yield: 1 loaf, 10 slices Prep time: 25 minutes Baking time: 65-75 minutes Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate


Bread: • 1 3/4 cups unbleached flour (you may substitute up to 3/4 cup whole wheat flour) • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/4 teaspoon ginger • 1/4 teaspoon cloves • 1/2 cup Horizon Organic® unsalted butter • 3/4 cup sugar • 2 large Horizon Organic eggs • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips Glaze: • 1/2 cup powdered sugar • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon • 1-2 tablespoons Horizon Organic milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour one 9x5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt and spices. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined. Add flour mixture alternately with pumpkin, mixing well between each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes, until loaf feels firm and springy when pressed in the center and a tester inserted comes out clean (except for melted
chocolate chips). Cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. To prepare glaze, sift powdered sugar with nutmeg and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add milk until mixture is thin enough to drizzle. Pour glaze over cool bread. Bread will keep well wrapped at room temperature for two days, in the refrigerator for five days, or in the freezer for up to four months.

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Horizon Organics is generously giving 4 coupons to 2 winners of this giveaway. Each winner will receive 2 coupons for $1 off a half gallon and 2 coupons for a free half gallon of Horizon Organic® Lowfat Chocolate Milk Plus DHA Omega-3.

Giveaway Rules – Each entry must include your name and email. A comment should be left for each entry. You must complete the mandatory entries to be eligible for the optional entries. This giveaway will end at 10 pm on 3/13/10. The winner(s) will be chosen using from all valid entries and notified via email. Winner(s) will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Please look for the You’ve Won email from desperatelyseekingdeals(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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***I was provided with 2 free product coupons for this product by Horizon Organic in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.