Probiotics, fermented foods, and gut health: What’s the connection?

Probiotics, fermented foods, and gut health: What’s the connection?

Lately, you may have heard terms like “fermented” and “probiotic” used to describe foods that may have a positive impact on our digestive health. Despite the similarities that exist between them, these words do not mean the same thing. In this blog post, we discuss the differences between “fermented” and “probiotic” foods, and how they …

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Holiday traditions, dairy farm style!

Holiday traditions, dairy farm style!

The holiday season is upon us! As family and friends gather to celebrate wonderful traditions over the next month, we would like to share with you a peak into holiday time on the dairy farm. Traditions Denise Barstow of Barstow’s Farm reminds us that traditions are important as they build strong family relationships between generations.  …

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It’s Eggnog Season!

It’s Eggnog Season!

Every year, it miraculously appears in the dairy case. Some folks wait 12 months for this moment, others walk right on by. It’s the return of eggnog, the holiday drink that boasts a devoted fan base across New England – and likely has as many non-fans as ‘nog lovers. Eggnog has a curious history: In …

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3 Tips to Lighten up your Holiday Recipes

3 Tips to Lighten up your Holiday Recipes

Ahh it’s already November…can you believe it!? As we come closer to the holiday season, the endless offerings of holiday cookies, appetizers, and meals can take its toll on your healthful eating efforts. So how can you and your family indulge without feeling like you did? In this blog post, you’ll learn three ingredient swaps …

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9 Ways to Promote Milk Consumption with School Meals

9 Ways to Promote Milk Consumption with School Meals

One of our most frequently asked questions is “How do I get my students to drink more milk?” Let’s start out by answering the question, why is it important that kids drink milk? Milk is nutrient rich, containing nine essential nutrients your body needs to get from food: calcium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D, B5 …

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Dairy and Type 2 Diabetes: What’s the Scoop?

Dairy and Type 2 Diabetes: What’s the Scoop?

Dairy checks a lot of boxes. It’s a protein powerhouse and it is filled with essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamin D. Adding to dairy’s already stellar health portfolio is emerging research on its contribution to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. About Dairy Foods The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans …

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Whip Up Some Scary Good Snacks for Your Little Goblins

Whip Up Some Scary Good Snacks for Your Little Goblins

Halloween is almost upon us, and while everyone enjoys a good scare, some holiday goodies are downright frightening when it comes to the nutrition label. If you’re planning a Halloween party for little ones, there’s nothing to fear: we’ve gathered up some fun and healthier snack options that are sure to please even the scariest …

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3 Reasons to Include Dairy in a Plant-Based Diet

3 Reasons to Include Dairy in a Plant-Based Diet

With so many conflicting opinions about our food choices, we often look for a simple solution to complex issues like climate change, or how to feed a growing population in a sustainable way. Some people may think a simple fix to this issue could be to eliminate an entire food category, like dairy. You might hear …

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National School Lunch Week 2018

National School Lunch Week 2018

This year, National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is being celebrated October 15th-19th. This year’s theme, “School Lunch: Lots 2 Love,” encourages students and school nutrition professionals across the country to share what they love most about school lunch programs. Why celebrate? To raise awareness about school lunch and its importance to student success!   Did …

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