Easy ways to in­clude milk prod­ucts in your diet

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH -

TAKE A look at our meal-bymeal tips for in­clud­ing milk prod­ucts in your child’s ev­ery­day diet.

Start the day with a de­li­cious fruit smoothie made with milk or yoghurt. Mix 1/2 cup (125ml) fresh or frozen straw­ber­ries, peaches or ba­nana chunks in a blender, with 1 cup (250mL) milk, and five to six ice cubes. Blend for 20 sec­onds. Note: Omit the ice

Icubes if you are us­ing frozen fruit.

Be sure to add 250ml (1 cup) of milk to ce­real.

When pre­par­ing oat­meal, re­place the wa­ter with 250ml (1 cup) of milk. Add cheese to the jam on toast for a creamier, more nu­tri­tious break­fast.

Layer toast with two slices of your child’s favourite cheese, add a slice of tomato, and a pinch of gar­lic salt. Broil till barely melted and en­joy.

IIIIRe­place the juice box or soft drink with 250ml (1 cup) of plain or cho­co­late milk.

Make room in your fridge to store lunch box items: slices of cheese or cheese sticks, sin­gle serv­ing con­tain­ers of yoghurt, etc. En­hance the nu­tri­tional value of sand­wiches, green sal­ads and pasta by adding cheese.

IIIGet into the habit of adding grated cheese to your soups, pas­tas, sal­ads, grilled veg­eta­bles, omelettes, etc.

As an ap­pe­tiser, serve a warm Brie or Camem­bert with wal­nut bread or fresh cut veg­eta­bles.

Stir in a bit of skim milk pow­der to your cook­ing and bak­ing. An ex­cel­lent way to add cal­cium to all your dishes!

Top pita bread with pizza sauce, shrimp, chopped red pep­per, cooked spinach, and Moz­zarella cheese. Broil.

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