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Florida Dairy Farmers Provides Tips to Meet Your Daytime Nutritional Needs During the Busy Holiday Months

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Research shows that three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt each day as part of a nutrient-rich, balanced diet may help maintain a healthy weight -- especially important during the holiday time.

The last two months of the year bring on the holiday cheer, but it’s also one of the busiest and most nutritionally-challenged times for adults. Between work, planning and shopping for the holidays, running errands and helping out with kid’s activities, most adults forget about their own daily nutritional needs.

According to Alyssa Greenstein, RD, LD/N, senior manager for nutrition affairs at the Dairy Council of Florida, there are some simple steps adults can take to ensure they’re keeping energy levels high and getting their daily nutrition intake during these busy holiday months.

Don’t skip your meals. It’s easy to do, the busier you are. Well balanced meals that include fruits, vegetables, dairy and lean proteins give you the nutrients (potassium, fiber, calcium, iron) and energy you need, especially on those busy days.

Put some healthy snacks in your purse and briefcase, such as nuts, crackers, string cheese or yogurt bars. That way, it will be there if you need it on those especially time-strapped days.

Keep a ‘nutrition first aid kit’ at work. Put some chocolate milk in the office fridge, along with some fruit, cheese and yogurt. Stash whole grain cereal, almonds, crackers and peanut butter in your office. These are great ‘on the go’ snacks and a better alternative to sugary snacks and candy. Plus, chocolate milk is a great way to refuel and rehydrate.

Invite nutrition (and fun) into your team meetings with smoothies or frozen yogurt bars. Or have mid-afternoon cookie and milk breaks. Milk is the number one food source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D – three of the four nutrients that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans says are lacking in the diets of both adults and children. Plus, research shows that three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt each day as part of a nutrient-rich, balanced diet may help maintain a healthy weight -- especially important during the holiday time.

If you’re feeling sluggish and fatigued, try a low-carb/high-protein snack such as nuts or eat a small meal of chicken or fish and a vegetable.

Talk to your dietitian about your optimal vitamin intake this holiday season. A little more vitamins and minerals could help you stay healthier and ward off colds and other sicknesses.

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About Florida Dairy Farmers

Florida Dairy Farmers is Florida’s milk promotion group, working to enhance the image of the dairy farming industry and increase milk and dairy product sales statewide via education and marketing. FDF is one of 18 member organizations of the United Dairy Industry Association and carries out the programs of Dairy Management Inc., the umbrella organization based in Chicago, Ill. For more information, call 407- 647-8899 or visit http://www.floridamilk.com.

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