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Reader Request: Healthy Dairy Choices

A longtime reader asked if we had any handouts on healthy dairy choices, and I decided it was time to offer a more in-depth exploration of particular products and their impact on health. Here are the results...

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    These cooking resources are perfect for activities, cooking demonstrations, or take-home resources for you and your clients.

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    Help your clients reduce their risk of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and more! Eating healthfully helps avoid heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, certain cancers, obesity, and other chronic illnesses that result from a Westernized diet and lifestyle.

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    Make learning fun with these great materials for kids. Choose from games, activities, handouts, kid-friendly recipes, etc. Here are a few techniques to help kids get engaged in the kitchen including recipes that are kid-friendly and ideas for meal preparation.

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Reader Request: Healthy Dairy Choices

It's time for another reader request! This one came from Marsha Hubert, RN and director of Cardiac Rehab at a nearby hospital. She asked...

Do you have any handouts referring to healthy dairy choices? I am an RN in a cardiac rehab dept. I have a support group meeting tomorrow and would like to give guidance on dairy products for people with heart disease. 

I sent her what materials we had, right away, but then I decided that it was time for a more comprehensive look at healthy dairy choices. So I got my team together and we came up with a chart.

What kind of chart, you ask?

A big dairy comparison chart. I want your clients to be able to easily scan through various dairy products and compare saturated fat content, nutrient content, etc. This comparison chart can help them make healthful choices with ease.

Ta-da! Here's the chart!

Dairy Chart

Please note that the chart analyzes common dairy products, not solely the members of MyPlate's dairy group. Take a look at the calcium content and you'll see why some of these dairy products didn't make the cut into the MyPlate dairy group!

Want your own copy? Here's a PDF!

Dairy Comparison Chart

Psssst! Members get an expanded chart, with even more information! In fact, there are 15 more dairy products on the members-only dairy chart. Check it out!

Member Only Dairy Chart

There are lots of other dairy educational resources in the Nutrition Education Store. Here are some of the top sellers!

Calcium Bulletin Board Kit

MyPlate Food Photo Set

Nutrition and Dental Health Poster

PS: If you'd like a comparison chart with larger fonts, check out this version, which has been split into two pages for easier reading.

Dairy Chart Page 1

Dairy Chart Page 2

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Members Only: Expanded Dairy Chart Premium Content

Want to learn more about the calories, cholesterol, saturated fat, sodium, sugar, calcium, and protein in your favorite dairy products? Check out this expanded chart with 15 new dairy foods — available only to Food and Health premium members!

Micro Greens 101

Have you ever heard of micro greens? Micro greens are very young plants that are both delicate and flavorful, and they’re totally loaded with nutrients. Check out how to grow them, harvest them, and cook with them, all in this handy post!

Grow Your Own Micro Greens Premium Content

Growing micro greens at home is fun and easy! Plus, it’s a great way to get kids involved with good nutrition. Check out this easy how-to page and learn to grow your own micro greens today!

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The FDA has declared that partially-hydrogenated oils are no longer generally recognized as safe. What does that mean for you and your clients? Find out in today’s post…

Whole Grain Cooking Demonstration Success

When was the last time you did a cooking demonstration? My latest demonstration taught me a lot, and today I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you. I offer these tips to help you make your cooking demos easier, more exciting, and more engaging!

Baked Whole Wheat Ziti

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