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June is national dairy month – get your dairy on!

Posted by Janice Cox, RDN, LD, Lunds and Byerly’s Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Don’t you love it when “yum” is the response to something you’ve prepared? I heard a lot of “yums” when handing customers samples of a delicious Oatmeal Yogurt Breakfast Blend. When we sampled it, a few of the comments (besides yum) were: “I’d give up pizza for this” and “I’m going to eat this every day for the rest of my life” and “if you were looking for a healthy delicious way to start the day, you nailed it” – quite the breakfast if you ask me!

June is National Dairy Month, and I asked my student dietetic intern, Kari, to find a healthy recipe that would excite the taste buds. Her mission: find a recipe with dairy as the main ingredient and include ingredients from a majority of the food groups.

She went to work and found an excellent recipe from the Midwest Dairy Council: Oatmeal Yogurt Breakfast Blend. One serving packs a nutritious punch, with nonfat dairy (20% daily value for calcium), whole grain oats, fruits and nuts. This is certainly a recipe worth sharing!

The beauty of this recipe is you don’t need to cook the oats, and that’s a plus on a hot summer morning. Simply mix the ingredients together and serve or make the night before and let the flavors blend overnight. Try it and let me know what you think. And have a Happy Dairy Month!

Oatmeal Yogurt Breakfast Blend

  • ½ cup old fashioned oats (not cooked)
  • ¾ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • ½ cup diced apple
  • 2 TB raisins
  • 2 TB sliced almonds
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together and serve. For best results, prepare the night before and store in refrigerator.
Makes: 2 servings

Prep time: Less than 10 minutes

Nutrition facts per serving:
Calories: 211
Total fat: 4.5 gm
Saturated fat: 0.5 gm
Carbohydrates: 38 gm
Dietary Fiber: 4 gm
Protein: 9 gm
Calcium: 20% daily value

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