Say Cheese!

Why didn’t the cheese want to be sliced?

It had grater plans!

Cheese is a yummy food made from milk – cows milk is most common for cheese making but other mammal’s milk has also been used to make cheese.

There are over 1800 types of cheese! How many types of cheese can you list of the top of your head? All those different types of cheeses can be broken down into 8 main varieties: processed, hard, semi-hard, semi-soft, soft and fresh, blue, pasta filata, and soft ripened. To learn more about specific types of cheese, click here!

Watch the video below to learn about the process of cheese making on a dairy farm.

 

As you might guess, cheese has a lot of the same nutrients as milk. Some of these nutrients include calcium, protein, phosphorus, vitamin A, and zinc. Refer to the last blog post about milk to see the benefits of these nutrients!

 

The list of recipes that include cheese could go on forever! What are some of your favorite ways to eat cheese?

Some of the most common foods that include cheese are:

  • Sandwiches – cold and hot
  • Pizza
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Quesadilla
  • Many different pasta dishes
  • Omelets
  • Soup
  • Tacos and burritos

Eating a piece of cheese by itself is delicious. Cheese is often paired with fruit or a slice of meat to serve as a snack or appetizer.

Zucchini Pizza Bites
Veggie Omelet Muffins
Tomato Mozzarella Sandwich

 

Information came from cheese.com and nationaldairycouncil.org

Creative Milk Creations

Milk isn’t just for drinking, it’s also used in several recipes for all sorts of foods. Here on the blog there are several recipes that call for milk!

Applesauce Bread
Banana Smoothie
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
MyPlate Smoothie
White Chicken Chili
For more recipes that use milk click here!

Feeling ambitious? Try making your own cheese at home – its easier than it sounds! Watch the video below for easy step-by-step instructions!

Milk, it’s aMOOzing!

People make a big deal about the importance of milk in a kid’s diet and for a good reason! You’ve probably seen the “Got Milk?” ads or you might have noticed how milk is always served at school lunches. The reason for all this is because milk is good for you!

Milk has been around as long a cows have been around, in other words, milk has been around for a very long time. In ancient Egypt, only royalty and other wealthy people were allowed to drink milk and other dairy foods.

Cow’s milk is the most accessible and easy to process but that doesn’t mean cows are the only animal whose milk people have tried drinking/using. People also use goat, sheep, buffalo, yak, and other animal’s milk for drinking or making into other dairy products. Have you ever tried milk from an animal that wasn’t a cow?

Check out the image below to learn why different nutrients in milk are good for our bodies.

It’s likely that you know somebody with a milk allergy or lactose intolerance. Oftentimes people who can’t drink milk, or prefer not too, will drink milk alternatives. Common milk alternatives are soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and coconut milk.

The image below might be a little confusing but if you look at the vitamins and minerals section you can see that cows milk has the most naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. If you can’t drink cow’s milk, soy milk is suggested as the next best option because it has next best nutrient profile!

Keep an eye on the blog this week for more information about milk!

Information came from the National Dairy Council and https://www.dairygoodness.ca/

Eat Dairy and Be Merry!

Why did the cow cross the road???

To get to the udder side!

For  the month of January we are going to be talking all about dairy foods. Read this post to review the reasons dairy is important in our diet!

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What do you know about dairy? Do you know about the health benefits? There are enough benefits to give dairy a place on the MyPlate so lets check it out!

There is an extremely important nutrient that you will find in dairy products. And that is:

CALCIUM

99% of the calcium in our body is stored in the bones and teeth. It helps you keep your bones and teeth strong. As you continue to grow and develop through your teenage years, it is especially important that you eat enough calcium!

So how much is enough? Since you won’t be measuring out the calcium in every food that you eat, just remember 3 a day.

If you eat 3 dairy products a day, you will likely meet the needs of your growing body! Common sources of dairy include milk, cheese, and yogurt.

So what are some other benefits of dairy?

Other Benefits
  • Protein: 1 glass of milk contains 8 grams of protein, which is comparable to meat! The great thing about milk, however, is that there is less fat content than meat.
  • Vitamin D: Most people are not out in the sun long enough every day to get enough vitamin D, but companies actually add Vitamin D to milk to help us make it up! Vitamin D will work with Calcium to keep your bones strong!
  • B Vitamins: Dairy products also are a great source of some of the B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, etc.)

Dairy has a lot of vitamins and minerals that help with growth and staying healthy, so make sure you are getting your 3 a day!

Keep an eye on the blog this month to learn more about dairy foods.

Happy New Year!

This time of year people like to make goals/resolutions that will help them have a successful year. Have you made any new year resolutions yet?

The 3 most common goals that people make are:

  1. Eat healthier
  2. Exercise more
  3. Save money

There is one problem that each of these goals have in common – do you know what it is?

These goals are not SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. Click here for more information on SMART goals.

You might make a goal to eat healthier but what does that actually mean? Does it mean you’ll eat three veggies every day? Or does it mean you won’t forget to eat breakfast? Eating healthier could mean a lot of different things!

Making goals SMART will help avoid these questions. SMART goals are also more likely to be achieved – woohoo!

Need help thinking of some good new year resolutions? Watch the funny video below for some good ideas!

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY 2019!

#12 of 12 Days of Kids Create

We have reached the final day of The 12 Days of Kids Create! What was your favorite day?

Today we’re finishing up with a few tips on how to keep celebrations happy, healthy, and active! Check out the list below to see how you can make the holidays even better. 😁

Happy Holidays!

#11 of 12 Days of Kids Create

Christmas is the most common winter holiday celebrated in the United States but there are a lot of other holiday celebrations this time of year! Today we’re going to learn about a few holidays celebrated by different cultures and religions this time year!

Menorah

Hanukkah: an eight day and night Jewish holiday that falls between November and December. The holiday is referred to as “festival of lights”. It celebrates a rededication of a temple in Jerusalem. Some traditions include lighting one candle on the Menorah each night, playing dreidel, singing Hanukkah songs and exchanging gifts.

Kwanzaa: a celebration of African heritage and African-American culture that goes from December 26th-January 1st. Seven core principles are celebrated during this time – unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, faith, purpose, and creativity. The celebration ends with a feast and exchange of gifts.

Diwali: a Hindu celebration that spans five days, it is also called “festival of lights”. Diwali is commonly celebrated in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Myanmar. People celebrating Diwali light small clay lamps to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. Traditions include bursting firecrackers, wearing new clothes during the festival, and sharing sweet treats!

There are many other holiday celebrations during this time of year. Click here to learn about more holidays celebrated throughout the world.

Information for this post came from unitedplanet.org

#10 of 12 Days of Kids Create

This time of year tends to include lots of baking – cookies, pies, cakes, and more cookies! 🍪🍪🍪

Bake the perfect batch of cookies by using the tips reviewed in the video below! There are 10 tips because today is the 10th day of Kids Create!

Have fun baking!

#9 of 12 Days of Kids Create

In the classic Christmas carol “The 12 Days of Christmas” the 9th day of Christmas includes 9 ladies dancing. Dancing is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and it’s a good exercise!

When its cold outside dancing is a perfect way to stay physically active inside!

Get your family and friends together to play some of the dancing games below:

Memory Moves: Form a circle and choose someone to go first. The first person performs a dance move and then the next person performs the same move plus another dance move. The pattern continue with each person doing all the dance moves of the people before them and then adding their own move. See how long you can go before you can’t remember all the moves! Don’t forget the music. 🎶

Freeze dance: Have one person in charge of turning the music on and off. While the music is on everyone dances, when the music is turned off everyone freezes immediately. If the person controlling the music sees anybody moving while the music is off, they tell that person they’re out. Try to stay in the game the longest!

Musical Chairs: This is a classic game that requires everyone to put on their game face. Count the number of people playing then minus one, that is the amount of chairs you’ll need. Place the chairs in a circle. Once the music starts everyone should start dancing/walking around the chairs. Once the music stops everyone quickly tries to sit in a chair. The person who isn’t able to grab a chair is out. Remove a chair with each round.

Want some more fun dancing games? Click here!

#8 of 12 Days of Kids Create

On the last blog post we learned about the awesomeness of pomegranates and today we are creating a yummy treat with pomegranates!

It may be chilly outside but that won’t stop you and your family/friends from wanting to eat this frozen treat. The recipe today is called Frozen Yogurt Pomegranate Bark – sounds and tastes delicious!

For this recipe you’ll need plain greek yogurt, pomegranate seeds, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and sugar.

Mix the yogurt, sugar, and half of the chocolate chips, pomegranate, and coconut together in a bowl.

Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper then pour the yogurt mixture into the pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips, pomegranate, and coconut on top of the mixture.

Place the pan in the freezer for couple hours or until the mixture has frozen. Once frozen, break it apart with a knife or spatula and ENJOY!