Celebrating National Dairy Month with Creamsicles

I was asked by ADA Mideast to help promote National Dairy Month
and to develop a recipe that would provide a daily dose of dairy.
Please know that I stand behind dairy 100% and all the opinions are my own. 


National Dairy Month  could not come at a better time!  Summer means change of schedules and with kids being out of school, this means different eating habits for our family.  June being National Dairy Month is a great reminder for us to get our daily servings of dairy in no matter what our schedule is!

Did you know?

~Milk contains nine essential nutrients, making it one of the most nutrient-dense beverages you can enjoy!

~Milk is the single greatest source of three of the four nutrients the Dietary Guidelines identified as lacking in the American diet – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

~Experts recommend three servings of low fat or fat-free dairy foods every day!

~Studies show nutrient-rich dairy foods, when consumed as part of a healthy diet, may help to reduce the risk of diseases such as osteoporosis, hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

One dairy serving a day is equal to:

* an 8 ounce glass of milk

* a 6-8 ounce container of yogurt

* 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese or 2 ounces of processed cheese (such as soft slice sandwich cheese)

To help you get your daily recommended servings of dairy I’ve come up with three MOO-velous Creamsicle recipes for you to enjoy with your friends and family this summer!

I’m sure, like mine, your summer gets busy and it’s easy to forget about eating properly.  Summer is all about splurging.  We never have pop in our house, but in the summer somehow it sneaks in, as do other not so healthy options.  So when the American Dairy Association MidEast asked me to develop a healthy snack that included dairy my wheels started churning….no pun intended, thinking of a fun and healthy summer snack that would provide one serving of dairy.

Creamsicles made with low-fat yogurt are the perfect treat to cool off, satisfy your sweet tooth, and get a serving of dairy in!

 

 

When I was a kid we would pour koolaid in to Dixie cups and place a popsicle stick in the center,  and freezing them.  We would rip off the paper cup and have ourselves a lick.

 

I took that idea, some yogurt, and fruit and ran with it….directly to my freezer.The first flavor is Orange Creamsicle.  Let me tell you what my husband and kids went crazy for these things!

 

 

 The next creamsicle recipe I’m going to share with you is Banana Strawberry Creamsicle.

 

 

These recipes are really just a guide line.  Feel free to get creative with different yogurt flavors to make this idea your own!  The flavor combinations are endless. This flavor also made some heads spin.  I have to say I was shocked at the response this simple healthy snack elicited.

 

 

 This one’s for all you fancy shmancy coffee lovers out there!

 

 

This creamsicle is not quite as “healthy” as the yogurt creamsicles.  But oh it is so good.  Sometimes you just need to indulge a little, and look at it this way you can get your fancy coffee fix for less money and less calories.  I used My Fitness Pal to figure out that each Caramel Macchiato Creamsicle is only 170 calories!

 


There you have it, three quick easy healthy snacks for summer!  If you have a child like my littlest that doesn’t like milk, or yogurt you may be surprised to find out that they may eat it frozen!  Cece loves these creamsicles.  It’s my new trick for getting dairy in her.

A few more ideas:  simply stick popsicle sticks right in yogurt cups freeze and eat.  The same thing works with pudding cups made with low-fat milk.  Pudding pops were my favorite growing up!  To release the frozen yogurt or pudding from the cup you will need to dip it in hot water.  Recycling your yogurt and pudding cups to make creamsicles is a great green idea for a summer treat!

If you want even more great Moo-licious Recipes from other bloggers around the country be sure to follow American Dairy Association Mideast on Facebook  and Twitter to get news and recipe updates. The ADA Mideast Pinterest Board is another great resource for healthy recipes and other fun ideas. Needing some visuals to help your kiddos eat their three much needed servings of dairy a day here are a couple great printables from the ADA, 3 a day tracker sheet also don’t miss this one 33 Tasty Snack Ideas Both are great resources for you to pin on your refrigerator as a reminder to make smart eating choices. 

Lastly if you are on Twitter you will want to join us for:

June Dairy Moo-nth Twitter Barn Party on June 19 from 8 to 9 p.m. EST.  

Where we will be celebrating the start of summer and chatting about healthy summertime recipe ideas, ways to stay in-shape during the summer months, fun summer activities and more!  So don’t miss out we will be using the #BarnParty.

I hope you enjoy these summertime snacks with your family and friends!

Much luv, Sheila

I am being compensated by ADA Mideast for the development of these healthy dairy snacks and the writing of this post to promote June as National Dairy Month.
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Comments

  1. 1

    I love the coffee version!!!! These look so good!

  2. 2

    Wow! So much deliciousness wrapped into one post!

  3. 3

    Homemade creamsicles are where it’s at! I think I’d have a hard time choosing between all of these fun flavors though… either way they are totally MOO-velous! 😉

  4. 4
    Kirstin :

    I’ve been looking for popsicle recipes, so this was great timing. Thanks for the tip about Ikea popsicle molds, too.

    • 4.1
      Sheila :

      Kirstin, I looked around a bit for popsicle molds, some are really expensive, but these were not at all, and they worked great! Hope you make some! xoxo Sheila

  5. 5
    Amy :

    Thanks for sharing the creamsicle recipes, as a dairy farmer it is nice to see someone not in the business promote dairy as a healthy snack. Thank you.

    • 5.1
      Sheila :

      Amy, We are a dairly lovin’ family! I am very happy to be promoting dairy! xoxo thanks for all you do! Our farmers are the back bone of america! Sheila

  6. 6

    These look SO good, especially the Caramel Macchiato!! I’m definitely going to try them soon. 🙂

  7. 7
    Carrie :

    My 5 year old was peeking at this over my shoulder while I was reading it. As soon as he saw the picture of the strawberries in the bowl, he said, “Mom, can we make that?!” Guess that will be the first one we try…followed closely by the Caramel Macchiato…and the Orange Creamsicle… 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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  8. 8

    Mooo-chiato – not gonna lie that totally slayed me. I’ve been laughing at my desk for five minutes over that. I am easily entertained. And now, I really want one!

    • 8.1
      Sheila :

      HA! I’m pretty easily entertained myself…as you found out this past weekend ; D Thanks for stopping by! xoxoSheila

  9. 9
    Aggie :

    Um, pass me one please!! Love these in little cups, I need to make these for my kids!

  10. 10

    It’s weird but I never liked creamsicles as a kid. Fudgsicles, yep, always but I’d give it away if I got a creamsicle. I’ve grown up since then and would love one of these. 🙂
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