Most of us like to start the new year with a healthy bang! New recipes, exercise regimes, fitness goals… they all play into a healthier lifestyle we tend to crave at the beginning of the year. Superfoods are a great card to play in your healthy initiatives. Superfoods exponentially increase your nutrition, helping supply your body with the proper nutrients it needs. With the ever-changing diets and exercise recommendations, here are our top 5 superfoods you should try in 2019:

Southeast Dairy Association - baked oatmealOatmeal: Oatmeal is high in fiber which helps increase energy levels. The high fiber content also makes oatmeal a great food that helps reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol. And oatmeal is low in cost, so it is can be enjoyed regularly without breaking the bank. Try our quick, low-calorie baked oatmeal to power your morning with consistent energy.

KSoutheast Dairy Association - pumpkin pie smoothieefir: The superfood kefir is considered by many to be healthier than yogurt. Kefir contains probiotics, making it valuable for digestion and gut health. It is high in protein and low in lactose, so most anyone can enjoy kefir. And with all the pumpkin craze going on these days, this kefir pumpkin pie smoothie is a great way to start any day.

Southeast Dairy Association - Blueberry Flax Overnight OatsBlueberries: Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. Taking a page from the oatmeal superfood previously mentioned, try our blueberry flaxseed overnight oats to enjoy a wholesome, easy breakfast filled with nutrients from superfoods.

Southeast Dairy Association - greek yogurt bowlGreek Yogurt: Greek yogurt dates back to ancient times and the same amazing health benefits are still prevalent today. Greek yogurt has a high level of valuable bacteria that aid in digestion and it provides near-double the protein amount of regular yogurt. Try our Greek yogurt bowl for an easy but delicious protein-packed breakfast!

Leafy Greens: Spinach and kale rank among the top nutritional leafy greens we should incorporate into our healthy meals. Spinach and kale give us protein, iron, vitamins and minerals that are especially vital for hair, skin and bone health. Our new Cobb salad combines both spinach and kale to offer you a healthy, filling salad meal.

  • Did you know? Drinking one 8-ounce serving of real dairy milk provides as much calcium as 38 cups of kale! Pair the two to get the ultimate nutritional meal.

Eating healthier can be a challenge, so don’t pressure yourself to change your entire lifestyle this new year. Instead, try to work in a few healthy options along the way. These superfoods are a great stepping stone into a healthier lifestyle.

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