Have you taken time to peruse the daily aisle lately? Have you noticed the variety of delicious, healthy and convenient items? Last year I blogged enthusiastically on dairy innovation and the exciting new dairy products available in local markets. Since that time, even more products have been created, making it easier to meet the 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommendations to consume 3-Every-Day of dairy. On your next trip to the grocery store, linger a little longer in the dairy aisle and try something new. Below are some of my top recommendations.
- Frush Yogurt Drinks: These make a great grab and go breakfast, delicious after school snack or nutrient-rich post workout drink. Mixed with fresh fruit and packed with protein, calcium and probiotics, drinkable yogurt is a great addition to your diet. Look for similar products by Dannon and Siggi’s.
- Milk Bites: These make an appearance everyday in my picky eater’s lunch box and only the wrapper returns home. Not only do they contain 5 grams of protein, but they have as much calcium as a glass of milk, making them a healthier choice than your average granola bar. Because they contain real milk, you will find them in the dairy case.
- Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars: The Greek yogurt craze continues in a frozen form and with summer right around the corner, what can be better than frozen yogurt on a stick? Boasting 6 grams of protein, 15% of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and only 70 calories, you must find a spot for these treats in your freezer. And while you’re at it, pick up their frozen Greek yogurt smoothie blends.
Click here to learn about some of the newest dairy products on the market. Do you have a favorite dairy find?
Laura Buxenbaum, MPH, RD, LDN