Dairy has gotten a bad rap over the years, and is often bypassed due to high calorie counts. But dairy products provide nine essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, and riboflavin. Milk products help build strong bones, teeth and muscles, but unfortunately according to the USDA, nearly 9 out of 10 women and almost 8 out of 10 men fall short of calcium recommendations.
June is National Dairy Month! And to help us celebrate, Nutritionist and Registered Dietician Lisa C. Cohn* has a few tips, tricks and tools to help the public understand and incorporate dairy and all of its benefits.
- Calcium is one of the nutrients most likely to be lacking in the American diet. Incorporating dairy into your diet not only helps with a lower BMI and body weight, but also aids in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and even PMS in women.
- Swapping out high-calorie cream in your morning coffee with a low-calorie, all-natural one like Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Low-fat, gives you the nutrients you need without the guilt. At only 25 calories per serving this change saves you half the calories you’d typically consume.
- Keep calcium-rich snacks like cheese sticks, yogurt drinks or cottage cheese in your kitchen and you’ll be more likely to grab them when hunger strikes.
- Your body needs to have a healthy amount of ”good” bacteria in the digestive tract, and most yogurts are made using probiotics, which benefit the digestive tract. Yogurt also has power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium, and can help you lose weight or even fend off a cold.
To further celebrate National Dairy Month, check out this fun contest for your chance to appear alongside celebrity chef, Claire Robinson!
Win Trip to NYC & Meet Food Network’s Claire Robinson!
Celebrity chef Claire Robinson, host of Food Network’s 5 Ingredient Fix, has partnered with all-natural Coffee-mate Natural Bliss to offer one lucky fan the chance to walk in her shoes. As one of Claire’s favorite “double-duty” tools, Natural Bliss is made with only four, simple ingredients – milk cream, sugar and natural flavor. She uses the creamer to cut prep time and add natural flavor to some of her favorite signature dishes. Now Claire wants to hear from you and see what you’ve got cooking! Submit an original recipe using one of four Natural Bliss flavors and you could appear in a cookbook, or even win the chance to meet Claire and film a cooking segment in New York City!
How to Enter:
Visit the Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Facebook page between May 23 – June 25, follow the step by step instructions to enter, and you could be on your way to stardom.