It’s challenge time!
I won’t lie, the challenge sounded like a lot of extra dairy to incorporate into our daily diets, and as a working Mum with a busy household, I was a little concerned at how I would go about achieving that. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about! Dairy is so versatile and so convenient; it was super easy to include in all of our family meals.
Let me explain… Last week, my family was asked to take on The Daily Dose of Dairy Challenge. It’s a 7-day challenge to incorporate the recommended daily servings of dairy into our diets. I took on the challenge, along with my entire family, knowing it would benefit our health.
The kids certainly didn’t mind or even notice me sneaking the extra milk, cheese or yoghurt into their meals throughout the week. In fact, I noticed their lunch boxes coming home with small amounts of leftover food inside (which usually never happens), and when I asked why, I was simply told they were full! With the simple increase to our daily dairy intake, my children felt fuller for longer! Which is such a bonus for growing little ones!
While we were doing The Daily Dose of Dairy Challenge, I used the opportunity to explain to my kids why dairy is so important for us all and the fantastic benefits it has for our bodies.
Personally, I was so sure I was already meeting my recommended dairy intake, with the milk in my coffee and my smoothies alone each week, but I was SO wrong! Taking on this challenge required me to pay more attention to my own daily dairy intake, as well as that of my entire family. In the end, we all enjoyed the variety of new ways we were able to incorporate more dairy into our diets. I truthfully feel great and surprisingly, just like my kids, feel much fuller and more satisfied each day.
Overall, this challenge was such a positive experience for myself and my family, with really encouraging results in such a short period of time. There was so little effort required, and we all enjoyed making sure we got our recommended daily intake of dairy in really creative, nutritious and delicious ways!
‘The Daily Dose of Dairy Challenge’ shall continue on in our household!
What’s the recommended daily intake?
How much dairy you consume each day depends on a few factors, including age and gender.
The current Australian Dietary Guides recommends:
How to incorporate milk, cheese and yoghurt into your diet
The incredible thing about dairy foods is that they require no cooking at all! So for time-poor families like ours, it’s easy and convenient to include dairy in our diets. I recommend trying The Dairy Kitchen’s range of family-friendly, calcium-packed recipes designed to help families meet their daily intake.
Breakfast time is absolute chaos in our household, so I always opt for quick and easy meals. Smoothies and cereals win most mornings, and they literally take mere minutes to prepare.
I spend a few hours at the beginning of my week baking scrolls, muffins, mini pizzas and quiches ready to freeze for school lunches. Being well prepared helps us stay on track and makes it so much easier on those chaotic school mornings. I always include some cheese slices and yoghurt in the kids’ lunch boxes for quick, healthy snacks.
At dinner time, anything topped with cheese is a winner in this household! We tried a variety of new recipes from The Dairy Kitchen and stuck with some family favourites like lasagne, pasta bake and BBQ Pizzas.
The favourite recipes as voted by my kids
I love this recipe, and so do my kids. It literally takes minutes to make and can be used in so many different ways. We used the dough to make mini pizzas, scrolls and cheese & bacon rolls.
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 3/4 cup natural yoghurt
- Mix all ingredients together and allow the dough to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Roll out dough for pizza bases, scrolls or rolls and top with your favourite ingredients.
Why should you eat dairy and how does it benefit you?
- Milk, cheese, and yoghurt contain nutrients that are essential for good health, especially for growing children.
- In addition to protein and calcium, milk is the biggest source of vitamin B12, iodine, riboflavin, phosphorus and potassium in the Australian diet.
- Milk, cheese and yoghurt give kids calcium for strong bones and teeth, as well as other nutrients that are necessary for their growing bodies.
- Milk naturally provides a unique package of eight essential nutrients with just one simple ingredient: milk!
- Yoghurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein for bones and muscles – it also contains live cultures which are good for digestion.