Calling All Cheese Lovers!

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If you ask me, everything’s better with cheese, and I’m not the only one. Americans love cheese, eating an average of about 38 pounds a year in 2017 (USDA). From kid-pleasing pizza to fancy cheese boards to comforting casseroles, cheese plays a starring role in some of our favorite foods. It’s no wonder there’s an entire day dedicated to cheese lovers!

In addition to its culinary roles, cheese is a good source of high-quality protein and contributes other essential nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin A to the American diet. As a nutritious addition to just about any meal, cheese can be incorporated into most diets. For those eating vegetarian diets, cheese is an important source of high-quality protein. Those with lactose intolerance can enjoy natural cheeses like Cheddar and Swiss, which are low in lactose yet still provide important nutrients.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy cheese is in combination with whole grains and vegetables. This food group trio provides four nutrients that most Americans are not getting enough of – calcium, potassium, Vitamin D, and fiber.

Southeast Dairy Association - overnight greek salad

Check out these cheese-a-licious recipe ideas featuring vegetables and whole grains to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day any day of the year.

jessica ivey

Jessica Ivey is a Registered Dietitian and chef with a passion for teaching people to eat healthy for a happy and delicious life. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating original recipes to help busy families eat well and enjoy more meals together. Jessica lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, three children, and dog.