3 Every Day – Learning About Dairy

Posted by  //  September 1, 2014  //  3 Every Day, Articles

As September nears, so does the beginning of the school year. Between homework, sports practices, and club meetings, it’s crucial kids eat balanced and nutritious meals. As Tompkins County Dairy Princess, I can clearly see the benefits of including dairy in one’s diet; every serving is packed full with nine essential nutrients. During the school day, protein found in dairy products helps students to stay focused in the classroom. Milk, cheese, and yogurt also provide energy, powering kids through their extracurricular activities. After sports practices, the best refuel drink is chocolate milk; it has great nutritional value, and less sugar than most power drinks.

Over the long range, dairy products allow for a healthier life, by strengthening bones, preventing diseases, and contributing to a stronger heart. Three servings of dairy products is the daily recommendation, and there are so many delicious options to choose from. One cup of lowfat milk, whole milk, and even lactose-free milk are a few varieties; they each have their own, unique taste. Cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, and butter are also great sources of dairy with a variety of options. As students’ minds grow from their education, dairy products will grow, strengthen, and refuel their bodies.

Julia Fouts
Tompkins County Dairy Princess

Get Mooving With Smoothies

Below is a nutritious and tasty breakfast recipe that is fast and easy to make.

Dairy Berry Smoothie

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1.5 cup fruit of your choice
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 3⁄4 cups ice

Place yogurt, fruit, milk, ice and honey into a blender. Blend until smooth. Makes one serving, and contributes to the recommended three servings of dairy every day. Enjoy!

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