It’s been said that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Food and the act of cooking for others is a love language many of us understand. That’s why we celebrate holidays and special occasions over meals or certain dishes that hold such strong sentimental value and memories. This Valentine’s Day, share the love of dairy and its many benefits. Beyond being downright delicious, dairy is nourishing, affordable, and versatile – a crowd-pleaser!
Benefits of Dairy
Milk contains 13 essential nutrients in each 8-ounce glass, including two macronutrients needed to power us through our days: carbohydrates and protein. A match made in heaven. Milk is a nutrition powerhouse as it is, but don’t forget yogurt, cheese, and kefir! These dairy foods are also packed with nutrients.
At around $.25 a serving (8oz or 1 cup), milk is an affordable, nutrient-rich food. Talk about a bang for your buck! To save even more, buy dairy foods in bulk rather than in single serving sizes. Try this: Grab a large container of plain Greek yogurt and create single servings with different flavors and toppings. Stir in a dollop of your favorite jam or jelly to each ½ cup of yogurt and top with granola, seeds, or chocolate chips for a new combination each day!
Dairy foods can be enjoyed both savory and sweet! Use plain Greek yogurt as the base for a sweet Peanut Butter Whip with Apples or a savory Chipotle Pepper Dip. Use milk in a smoothie for a boost of nutrition or add it to a soup for extra creaminess. The ways to enjoy dairy are endless!
Check out more recipes here to reap the benefits of dairy.