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Sure, Friendship Day falls on a Sunday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it at school. A few days before Friendship Day, we asked our little co-conspirators, i.e. the children who eat our meals every day to nominate 5 of their friends each for a Friendship Day Surprise. The nominations poured in, with heartening & sweet reasons why they nominated the friends they did. You can see a few responses below. This plot was open to all children in schools across Bengaluru.
And on Monday, 7th August 2017, our troops marched on and served free MonkeyBox meals to all the excited friends at school – made fresh, served warm. We, at MonkeyBox, are really grateful for this opportunity of not just making sure children get the healthiest, most nutritious food in school, but also that they get to show their friends how special they really are. That’s all for now! Watch this space for more.

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Some fun facts on milk

What’s the one liquid super food that you, give your child especially when you are pressed for time? 




We are absolutely sure that it is the humble milk. Be it flavoured or unflavoured, it is often the go to beverage during that morning school rush or before the dash to after school classes or even to calm a midnight nightmare.

Milk and milk products such as curd, cheese, ghee or paneer, milk and its products are so important that they form a part of each and every healthy meal that we eat. In fact, it is such an important food not only in India but worldwide that it has its own day!! Yes, World Milk Day is celebrated every year on the 1st of June and this day is dedicated to highlight the importance of dairy in the areas of sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition among the public.

Therefore, to do our bit, MonkeyBox will take you deep into that humble glass of milk and unravel some pretty awesome milk facts.

  • Did you know that milk provides almost one fourth of a child’s daily requirement of calcium? It is a treasure trove of nutrients especially calcium and protein and is required for growth and development of budding children. Milk also contains magnesium, selenium, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and vitamin B5.
  • Want to skip milk? Think twice because then you’d have to eat seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread to get the same amount of calcium that you’d get in a glass of milk (250 ml),
  • We all know that the calcium in milk helps build strong teeth and bone but did you also know that milk can literally save teeth? Well, next time if a permanent tooth inadverently gets knocked out, don’t panic. Just drop the tooth in a glass of cold milk and rush with it to you dentist. Milk helps preserve the tooth until a dentist can put it back in its socket.
  • Milk has been shown to be the best post-exercise beverage as it helps repair and build worn out muscle tissue. So make sure to hand out that tall glass of cold milk to your child after a period of intense and vigorous playtime. It will be absolutely refreshing and will curb the pangs to reach out for that soft drink.
  • Did you know that about 5 kg of milk is required to make just 500 g of cheese.
  • Is your child allergic to milk? Then try baking with it. A study has shown that over time, kids who were fed the baked products ultimately did better with uncooked milk than kids who were completely kept off milk.

After reading these, we are sure that you would make milk a part of your and your family’s healthy eating plan. Do go ahead share these with your children and help them savour every sip of that glass of milk or every bite of that absolutely delicious piece of cheese.

Happy World Milk Day! Mooo!!




Acknowledgement for your feedback


“Thank you all the Moms and Dads for dedicating your life to the kids”

Was having a discussion with one of parents whose kid has subscribed for #monkeybox . He said we are working on a very noble cause and we will succeed if we align our thinking to the thinking of a parent. “think like a mom and you will win”

that got me thinking.. we have been doing this now for just about 6 months (6 month old Kid- need lot of hand holding) and always feel that even though we get once in a while pat on the back and always get to hear suggestions of how to run this… which we are very openly accepting. got this feeling now how difficult it is for a mom or a dad to keep serving the kid without any appreciation. I mean how do we expect our parents to keep doing so much for us and we get on with our life without stopping for a minute to acknowledge their efforts .. its not that they ask for … but we at MB felt the need to appreciate their effort.

So just felt like wishing every MOM and DAD out there.. as a kid… Thank you so much for Everything and for Being There when we need you.

World Milk Day; A day dedicated to one of the most nutritious foods on Earth!


Importance of cow milk in children

While children younger to a year are not advised cow’s milk, whole cow milk can be given to children aged 1 to 2 years. This is because the fat in whole milk has shown to help in the brain development. However, depending on the child’s weight, skim milk can be preferred after the child is over 2 years. Additionally, imagine getting some important nutrients just from a glass of milk? Indeed, milk is a treasure trove of nutrients in the diet.

Nutrients contained in milk

It is known that milk is a good source of protein and calcium. Milk is the medium of vitamin D fortification too. Apart from this, milk is also a good source of vitamin B2, and vitamin B12. Among the minerals, milk provides iodine and phosphorus, important in bone-building. These are the nutrients for conventional milk.

Did you know, grass-fed cow milk (organic milk) is a rich source of conjugated Linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are shown to have a positive effect on immunity, reduces inflammation, body fat, blood sugar levels, and helps build lean muscle. We are not done highlighting milk nutrition. Milk is also a rich source of phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, isoflavones which act as antioxidants.

What about lactose intolerance?

Terms such as lactose intolerance have been thrown around quite often! Well, for the uninitiated, lactose is a kind of sugar naturally present in milk. Some people can’t digest this sugar resulting in a host of discomforting symptoms. So what about children with lactose intolerance?

Yogurt or fermented milk is one of the dairy option that can be fed to children. Apart from that, the market is flooded with low-lactose or modified lactose milk. Children could be fed other milk such as soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk among others.

Takeaway points

Although we may not realise but most of us rely heavily on milk for nutrition. Choose for organic milk varieties to derive maximum nutrition. Additionally, low fat or skimmed variants of milk can help keep the danger of weight gain away. All in all, celebrate this year’s world milk day with a glass of cold milk.