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 ChooseMyPlate.gov 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.
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So glad I joined the newsletter, great healthy ideas for new recipes. Makes My Plate even more appetizing.
Thank you so much for the information concerning yogurt. I plan to do an educational
program on this information. Donna Williams, Director Harrogate Senior Center
Great ideas, every one of the five!