June is Dairy Month – a time to celebrate the many health and taste benefits dairy delivers and the farmers who produce them. Join in the celebration with Midwest Dairy Council to share these real, fresh and natural facts about dairy:
- Dairy is real nutrition: Incomparable nutrition, value and taste. Half the calcium in our diets come from dairy.
- Dairy is fresh: It takes less than 48 hours for milk to travel from the farm to the grocery store. This means you are guaranteed a fresh, nutritious product every time you shop the dairy aisle.
- Dairy is natural: Milk is a natural source of high quality protein for healthy muscles and calcium for strong bones.
To get the recommended three servings of dairy every day, try these tips:
- Mix it with milk.
- Blend it into your smoothies or stir it into instant cereals.
- Snack on cheese. The protein will help curb hunger and tide you over between meals.
- Try a yogurt treat. Serve a yogurt parfait for a simple breakfast or dessert.
Add dairy to your shopping cart. It is nutrition you can bank on! Visit www.DairyMakesSense.com for dairy recipes, tips and information and to learn more of the many reasons why dairy makes sense for your family.
Dairy – The Nutrient Powerhouse
As your Hy-Vee dietitian and as a mom, I value dairy foods since they are nutrient rich and are economical. Together, nutrient-dense low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients that improve our overall diet and promote good health.
Essential nutrients must come from the diet to meet daily needs. From helping repair muscle tissue to maintaining red blood cells and bone health, the following nutrients help keep the body healthy: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, riboflavin and niacin.
Few foods deliver the nutrient powerhouse that dairy provides in an affordable, appealing and readily available way. At only 25 cents per glass, milk is a nutritional bargain. Buy milk by the gallon and make it your family’s mealtime beverage. A serving of yogurt can also provide half of your daily calcium needs. Buy low-fat, plain yogurt by the quart and flavor it yourself and/or use as an ingredient for healthier dips and sauces. Another savings tip is to buy a block of cheese and shred it yourself or cut into individual portions for a fun snack.
Anne Hytrek, MSEd, RD, LD, CDE; Visit me at your Euclid or Harding Hills Hy-Vee; contact me at email@example.com