Including Dairy in Mother’s Day Treats Brings Health Benefits That Last Long After Her Special Day

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Florida Dairy Farmers shares family-friendly recipe.

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Serving mom a dairy-focused meal can help her have a healthier, happier Mother’s Day, while delivering long-term health benefits as well.

Perhaps more than just about any other day of the year, Mother’s Day is a time to show mom how much she is loved and appreciated by showering her with gifts that help make her look good on the outside. This year, also give mom a healthy start to Mother’s Day that will help make her feel good on the inside by incorporating dairy into meals on this special day.

Serving mom a dairy-focused meal can help her have a healthier, happier Mother’s Day, while delivering long-term health benefits as well. Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt are rich in nutrients and provide many essential vitamins and minerals including calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin.

Additionally, research shows that consuming three serving of dairy each day as part of a balanced diet may help individuals maintain a healthy weight. Also, dairy foods can play a role in reducing the risk of certain diseases such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Start Mother’s Day off by using the tropical fruit smoothie recipe below. It’s healthy, delicious and easy for kids to prepare.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen diced mango (peach may be substituted for those with allergies)
1 navel or other large orange
5 large strawberries (approximately ½ cup)
1½ cups milk, any variety
2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
¼ teaspoon almond extract

Directions: In a blender, combine the mango, strawberries, milk, yogurt and extract. Squeeze the juice from one half of the orange, reserving the remaining half for garnish. Blend until smooth and serve.                                                    

For more information about the health benefits of dairy, or to view other dairy-focused recipes, visit http://www.floridamilk.com.

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About Florida Dairy Farmers
Florida Dairy Farmers is Florida’s milk promotion group, working to educate people on the dairy farming industry and the nutrient-rich foods it provides. FDF represents more than 130 dairy farming families throughout the state. For more information, call 407-647-8899 or visit http://www.floridamilk.com.

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