How I became the healthy dairy "queen" of my family
In my home, I cater to two children, and one grown child (my husband). All three can be fussy when it comes to food, but they all have an insatiable craving for cheese. While cheese can be a great quick fix, it can easily be overused, then turning it into an unhealthy option. I have done some tweaking to some of our favorite meals and snacks that include a different range of very valuable dairy items including yogurt, that still complement fruit, vegetables, and grains. For example, we often use plain Greek yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream. This comes in handy when making chicken salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, eating baked potatoes, and enjoying creamier soups. These adjustments have broadened our intake of dairy, and eliminates the over-use of cheese. This also gives me peace of mind knowing my family, especially my children, are getting what their bodies need to help make their bones strong and their muscles to be well maintained.
This blog was written by one of our guest bloggers, Renee.
Renee is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother with a passion for all things art, food, and learning.
In this week's guest post, Renee shares her ideas for encouraging healthy dairy options in her home. If you would like to learn more ways to offer your family a variety of healthy dairy foods, consider taking our free online lesson called: Build Strong Kids with Dairy. You can find this lesson in the Healthy Families category of wichealth.org.