June Dairy Month – Test Your Dairy IQ

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Since 1939, each June we have celebrated dairy month to recognize the hard work of our nations dairy farmers and to encourage families to make milk their beverage of choice based on its nutritional benefits. Incorporate low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt when planning meals to ensure you are getting the calcium, vitamin D and potassium your body needs. Despite rising production costs, milk continues to be a great value and fuel for your body at about 25 cents per 8-ounce glass. Want to visit a dairy farm? You can visit The Dairy Alliance for a virtual tour and learn how dairy foods go from farm-to-table.

  1. How many dairy cows call North Carolina home?
    About 42,000. North Carolina has 145 dairy farms and a typical dairy farm has a herd of about 280 milking cows.
  2. How much milk does an average dairy cow produce per day?
    NC Cows are working hard. The average dairy cow produces over 8 gallons of milk per day, or about 126 glasses. This equals almost 2500 gallons of milk every year.
  3. What nutrients are found in an 8-ounce glass of milk?Just one 8-ounce serving of milk has 8 grams of protein, which builds and repairs muscle tissue. One serving of milk also meets the daily values (DV) for the following nutrients (based on Food and Drug Administration guidelines).

    Calcium (25 percent): Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth

    Riboflavin (35 percent): Supports body growth, red blood cell production and metabolism

    Phosphorus (20 percent): Strengthens bones

    Vitamin D (15 percent): Helps promote the absorption of calcium

    Pantothenic Acid (20 percent): Helps convert food into energy

    Potassium (8 percent): Regulates fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure

    Vitamin A (15 percent): Promotes good vision and healthy skin

    Niacin (10 percent): Promotes proper circulation

    Compare that to a serving of soft drink!

  4. How many cups of spinach would you need to eat to get the same amount of calcium found in 1 cup of milk?10 cups– That is more spinach than even Popeye wants to eat.

Incorporate some dairy into your diet today with this delicious  energy boosting blueberry peach smoothie!

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Blues Buster Blueberry Peach Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine yogurt, fruit, milk, honey and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. Serve in a chilled glass immediately.

Notes

Serving size: 8 ounces

Source: The Dairy Alliance