6.09.2014

Living Healthy and Happy: Dairy is a Do!



There is nothing as refreshing as an ice cold glass of milk. Milk and dairy foods have always been a very important part of my healthy eating plan. I know, there is a lot of talk about dairy, but I believe it fits into every healthy lifestyle. 

Why choose dairy foods?  Dairy is full of so many wonderful nutrients. Not a lot of foods can carry such a vast nutritional profile.  Where can you get calcium, protein, phosphorus and Vitamin D in a convenient little package? What I love about Greek yogurt and milk is that it is a perfect balance of carbohydrate and protein. This is important for all healthy individuals wanting to maintain a healthy weight because it helps your satiety and keeps blood sugars more stable. Low-fat or fat-free Chocolate milk is the perfect recovery drink for all ages who perform physical activity and does a better job for keeping your body healthy than sport drinks. You can also find dairy good products at convenient stores and has stations when you are on the go, which makes them a much healthier choice than many items in these stores. 

What dairy products should you choose? I always recommend low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) milk, 1-2% fat on cheese items (including ricotta,cottage and cream cheese) and choosing fat-free Greek yogurt for the extra protein. You will still get all the fantastic nutrients and flavor (and cheesy, melty goodness), without the extra fat. 

How much should you have?  I recommend consuming up to 3 servings a day (8 ounces of fluid milk or 1 cup, 5-6 ounces of yogurt or one small container and 1 ounce of cheese or the equivalent of a piece of string cheese) are serving sizes. 

For my latest and favorite dairy recipe, you have got to try this delicious recipe courtesy of dairymakessense.com: 

Banana-Caramel Smoothie

   
We guarantee you’ll go bananas over this scrumptious smoothie with a mix of milk, bananas and caramel sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen*
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • ¼ cup purchased caramel sauce
  • *Note: Use frozen banana slices to chill and thicken your smoothie. Just peel and slice each banana and freeze in a separate zip-top plastic bag. This is a great way to use ripe bananas and have them ready for your next smoothie.

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve in tall glasses or on-the-go drink containers.
- See more and nutrition information at: http://www.dairymakessense.com/recipe/banana-caramel-smoothie/#sthash.6DErOjHx.dpuf