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Celebrate National Dairy Month with Yogurt 5 Ways

Posted by Mary Herrup, RD, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in Food and Nutrition
Jun 19, 2017
Vegetables with a cucumber yogurt dip made with lemon and dill
Enjoy your favorite vegetables with a cucumber yogurt dip made with lemon and dill.

June is an exciting month filled with picnics, cookouts, and outdoor time. Along with sun and fun, June also brings us National Dairy Month. Most Americans do not meet recommendations for the dairy food group, which includes milk and many of the foods made from milk, such as yogurt and cheese. Calcium-fortified soymilk (soy beverage) is also part of the dairy food group, as well as lactose-free and lower-lactose milk products. When choosing foods from this group, choose fat-free or low-fat options.

As part of the dairy group, yogurt is a popular, portable, and versatile food that can be enjoyed in many ways at any time of day. When selecting yogurt, be mindful of added sugars that may be found in some flavored or sweetened products. Visit to learn more about added sugars.

  • The Breakfast Beverage: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
    Whip up this blend of milk, yogurt, bananas, and peanut butter for a filling breakfast on-the-go. Cocoa powder lends a touch of sweetness that also can hit the spot as an afternoon treat.
  • The Delicious Dip: Cucumber Yogurt Dip
    This savory twist on yogurt makes a perfect summer appetizer. Serve with loads of vegetables or whole grain dippers for a delicious way to get more food groups in your day.
  • The Staple Side: Red Potato Salad
    Potato salad is a longtime favorite of summer meals. This classic side dish, updated with a tangy yogurt sauce, is sure to please a hungry family or group of backyard BBQ guests.
  • The Mediterranean Main: Greek Salad with Chicken
    This hearty mix of colorful vegetables, chicken, and creamy yogurt dressing will be a go-to summer recipe. Serve salad-style, or use as a filling for a wrap or as a flatbread pizza topper.
  • The Tasty Treat: Strawberry Kiwi Yogurt Pops
    Cool off with frozen pops that are fun to make! Mix different yogurt and fruit combinations to find your favorite.

Find tips to help you move to low-fat and fat-free milk and yogurt on

Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition