Celebrate June Dairy Month!

June 21st, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Guest blog by Caryn Kusleika, RD, LMNT, Health & Wellness Program Manager at Midwest Dairy Association.

June is Dairy Month, a time to celebrate the many nutrition and health benefits dairy foods provide, and the dairy farmers who produce them.  For breakfast, I make oatmeal with skim milk instead of water to increase the nutritional value and my children love it. We also drink milk at every meal at home, and enjoy Greek Yogurt for a snack. My family also enjoys chocolate milk for lunch at school and as a great refuel beverage after running.Caryn Milk

Did you know that together, low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique nutrient package of nine essential nutrients that improves overall diet quality?  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) encourages all Americans ages nine and older to get three servings of dairy products every day to promote good health.

Milk is the leading food source for three of four nutrients that the DGA identified as lacking the most in Americans’ diets: calcium, vitamin D and potassium. It is especially important for children to get into the habit of drinking milk because research shows that children who drink milk regularly are more likely to drink it as adults.  This is why health experts recommend families drink milk while dining together at meals.  If you find it difficult to get your children to drink milk, try flavored milk.  It is packed with the same great nutrients and children may find the taste more appealing. Parents are the best role models for their children, so make sure your kids see you drinking milk, especially at meals.

To learn more about dairy and its powerful nutrient package, please visit www.dairymakessense.com.

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