Ways to celebrate June Dairy Month
June is Dairy Month and it’s the perfect time to celebrate dairy farmers’ commitment to healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet! June Dairy Month, an annual celebration that began in 1937, is traditionally a time to reflect on dairy foods and the industry that makes it possible. It was created as a way to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in the summer months. June Dairy Month has continued to evolve over the years and communities, companies, and individuals across the country have embraced it and have become involved in many ways. The cooperation between farmers and other community members is really the basis of what June Dairy Month is all about – consuming and celebrating a wonderful product!
Today, people are reshaping health and wellness by redefining healthy food as foods they perceive to be real, fresh and natural. For many people “health and wellness” includes taking care of themselves and their families, exercising and eating right. As the nation turns its attention to reducing calories and people strive to be healthy, there is some good news – dairy foods can help! Nutrient-rich milk, yogurt and cheese can be delicious, guilt-free staples of a healthy diet, because dairy foods provide substantial nutrients per calorie, helping people make their decisions count.
Nutrient-rich dairy foods are one of the most economical sources of nutrition. In fact, few foods deliver dairy’s powerhouse of nutrients in such an affordable, appealing and readily available way. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages children and adults nine years and older to enjoy three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt every day. On average, Americans are only consuming about two dairy servings per day, so adding just one more serving of dairy can help fill American’s dairy and nutrient gap!
With all of the time constraints that come along with busy schedules, it’s important to remember to have nutritious foods throughout the day. As a registered dietitian and one who appreciates tasty, quick and easy meals and snacks, yogurt is at the top of my list! Yogurt packs a powerful nutrient punch; it is an excellent source of calcium and riboflavin, and a good source of protein, potassium and vitamin B12. Here are a couple delicious recipes that highlight yogurt and the nutrition that it provides.
Start your day the right way with a Berry Blast Smoothie:
A colorful way to help you get your Three Every Day:
Here’s a great treat that’s easy-to-pack or the perfect after dinner snack:
You’ll be licking your lips when you serve fresh veggies with this cucumber yogurt dip:
To find 10 more ways to welcome yogurt and wellness into your life, please see this previous post: http://www.thedairydish.org/2012/01/31/10-ways-to-welcome-yogurt-and-wellness-into-your-life/
In order to properly celebrate June Dairy Month, it’s time to raise a glass of ice-cold milk, some cheese and crackers, or a fruit and yogurt parfait, and let’s toast America’s dairy farmers who make it possible to enjoy an abundance of fresh, delicious products every single day!
You are invited to visit the Michigan Dairy News Bureau’s website www.michigandairynewsbureau.com to learn more about dairy farmers and the dairy industry, plus get nutrition tips and more delicious dairy recipes from United Dairy Industry of Michigan at www.udim.org.