June is National Dairy Month! It is time to focus on all the healthy nutrients that are packed inside milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy foods. And for all those who drink Stewart’s milk, it is really time to celebrate! (click below to read more)
Did you know that Stewart’s guarantees every carton of milk is sold less than seven days after leaving neighborhood farms? But the benefits of local are not just in the flavor! Fresh milk avoids the ultra-pasteurization process, which allows it to keep more nutrients. As a nutritionist, dairy-lover and supporter of all things local, I think this is really something to celebrate!
Unlike ultra-processed dairy products, Stewart’s milk is fresh and only needs to undergo standard pasteurization. Standard pasteurization and ultra- pasteurization are both used to kill bacteria by subjecting milk to high heat. However, the ultra-pasteurization process requires much higher temperatures in order to keep milk safe for up to six months on the shelf. The ultra-high heat used in this method also breaks down many of the nutrients we expect to find in dairy products, such as protein and Vitamin B12.
When local dairy products are shipped and supplied quickly, standard pasteurization is really all that is needed to keep milk safe. This means that fresh milk at Stewart’s is not just closer to you, but it is also healthier for you!
If you are looking for ways to celebrate all those extra nutrients, try making a batch of my Peaches N’ Cream Popsicles featured below. These treats are a nutritious (and delicious!) dessert for your next picnic. Or better yet, give them to the kids on a hot day as a healthy, heat-busting snack!
Peaches N’ Cream Popsicles
Makes 6 Popsicles
5 ripe peaches
1 C 1% milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Sugar
Slice peaches and remove pits. Place in blender and puree until smooth or only small chunks remain.
Combine peach puree, milk, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl and stir well. Pour into molds (you can use dixie cups if you don’t have a popsicle mold!) and place popsicle sticks ¾ of the way into the mixture.
Place in the freezer for 5 hours or until completely frozen. Remove from molds and enjoy!
If you are using dixie cups, simply peel the paper away from the popsicle before serving.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories: 60 Fat: 0.5g, Carbohydrate: 12g, Sugar 11g, Fiber 1g, Sodium 18mg, Cholesterol 0mg, Protein 2g.
by Christine Sloat