Spring Fitness with Midwest Dairy Council {Giveaway}

Are you ready to get in shape for spring? We all need to get up and get moving, develop and keep healthy eating habits and surround ourselves with healthy lifestyles.

Are we all know we should have three daily servings of dairy for excellent nutrition. These servings can include low-fat or fat-free milk, cheeses and yogurts. However, if you are like me you may struggle with your family's daily dairy intake. My children were not too fond of milk and I needed to find alternatives to keep their diet healthy. A number of years ago, my son's peditrician told me to give my son chocolate milk since he wouldn't drink milk. I have given my girls chocolate milk as well since they too, didn't like milk.

I'm happy to say that this past year, all my children are now drinking milk and requesting it. It was a long, hard struggle to get my children to love milk, but as a mother I know the importance of dairy in their diets. There are many alternatives to give your children who struggle with drinking milk.

Chocolate milk is a great sports fuel for your children. Bring along chocolate milk as a snack instead of juice pouches. Chocolate milk packs Carbohydrates, Potassium and aMgnesium{which if you don't know are two electrolytes lost when you sweat}, Protein, Vitamin B12, as well as Calcium and vitamin D.

Another great way to get diary into my kids was drinking smoothies. My children had no clue what I was putting in their smoothies. In fact, it was a huge race to see what was the most nutritious smoothie we could create. Here is a great smoothie recipe from Midwest Dairy Association.

Pomegranate Smoothie


1 banana

2 cups (16 ounces) fat-free vanilla yogurt

1 cup pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon coarse sugar (optional)

   pomegranate seeds (optional)


Wrap peeled banana in plastic wrap and freeze 3 hours or until frozen.  Unwrap banana, break into chunks and place in a blender with the yogurt and juice.  Cover and blend until smooth; pour into 4 glasses to serve. Top with pomegranate seeds if desired.

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Here are just a few ways milk packs a punch:

  • Fuel for an Active Lifestyle — Milk’s nine essential nutrients play an important role in fueling an active lifestyle. Drinking milk can be an ideal way to help the body refuel, rehydrate and recover after a workout.
  • Chocolate Milk Is Nature’s Sports Drink — Research published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism on young adults showed that chocolate milk is twice as effective as commercial sports drinks to refuel exhausted muscles. Part of this is due to its ideal carbohydrate to protein ratio.
  • Whey Protein Packs Energy — Whey protein is a high-quality protein found naturally in dairy foods, and it provides the protein your body can best use to help promote better health. It helps you get the most out of your workout by speeding muscle recovery after exercise and helping build and maintain lean muscle.
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Get Moo-ving Pack

Midwest Dairy wants to power up your spring fitness routine with a Get Moo-ving Pack. This fitness pack (valued at $100) provides you with all the essentials for your favorite outdoor activity, including an iTunes gift card, a Cuisinart hand blender for your post-workout smoothies, and Dairy Makes Sense wicking gear.

Three daily servings of nutrient-rich dairy foods — like milk, cheese or yogurt — deliver incomparable nutrition, value and taste. Make sure dairy is part of your spring fitness plan!

Learn more about how dairy fits your active lifestyle with recipes and helpful nutrition information at www DOT dairymakesense DOT com.

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