Despite some bad press, dairy products can pack a punch on the nutrition front. Quick and easy, dairy products can add a healthy kick to snacks and meals for all the family to enjoy.
If you’re trying to boost the nutrition of your meals and snacks then look no further than your fridge. Dairy products provide a powerful nutrition package that can help you meet your nutrient needs and achieve better health.
Dietary guidelines recommend that people from the age of nine and above consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day.
With nine essential nutrients, milk, cheese and yogurt deliver a unique nutrition package superior to milk alternatives such as almond or rice beverages, which are often fortified or fall short on these important nutrients.
During the hot summer months, when you don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen, dairy products can be convenient. Many are ready to use in recipes and can round out a meal.
For a quick, easy and healthy snack this summer, put a fresh take on traditional pizza with this recipe that uses crescent rolls topped with cheeses and fresh seasonal veggies. Alternatively, turn up the heat on a classic beef burrito by adding warm pepper jack cheese and black beans.
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Summer Pizza Snack
Recipe courtesy of Cindy Heins, Heins Family Farms
Total time: 22 minutes
Note: A cup is about 340g or 12oz
- 1 tube (226g) crescent rolls
- 1 tub (226g) low-fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives
- 1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
- Heat the oven to 190C. In a 22cm-by-33cm baking pan, spread out the crescent roll dough. Seal the seams together to form one large rectangle across the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on the rack.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and garlic powder. Spread evenly over the entire cooled crust. Top with mozzarella, tomatoes, olives, broccoli and cucumber. Cut into 12 squares and serve.
Beef Burrito with Pepper Jack Cheese and Black Beans
Total time: 9 minutes
- 450g ground beef sirloin
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup chunky salsa, divided
- 2 cups cooked brown or white rice
- 6 whole-wheat tortillas (22cm each)
- 1 can (425g) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (310g) corn kernels, drained
- 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
- Sliced green onion, including green tops
- In a non-stick skillet; brown ground beef and garlic over a medium heat (break the beef mixture into smaller chunks with a spatula). Drain the fat and stir in 1/2 cup salsa. Set aside.
- Spread 1/3 cup rice on the centre of the tortilla, leaving a 1.5cm border. Scatter about two tablespoons of beans and 1 1/2 tablespoons corn over rice. Spread 1/3 cup beef mixture and 1/4 cup cheese over the corn. Top with two teaspoons salsa and a few slices of green onion. Fold in two opposite edges of tortilla (2.5cm each) and roll up. Place seam-side down on microwave-safe dish.
- Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Place burritos in the microwave oven and heat for one minute or until heated through. Serve with the remaining salsa.