Celebrate World Milk Day

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Today, I have chosen to #RaiseaGlass to celebrate #WorldMilkDay!

World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001.

I love milk because just one glass can deliver you some awesome nutrition. Here are just a few of the nutrients that make milk amazing and what these nutrients can do for you:

One nutrient that immediately comes to mind and that many of you know about is calcium. Milk is loaded with it; this nutrient is important for your teeth and your bones!

Milk also has phosphorous, which works in tandem with calcium for strong teeth and bones.

Milk is an excellent source of protein, which is absolutely essential for muscle growth, development, and repair.

Milk also has potassium, making it a great choice for keeping yourself hydrated!

Milk is rich in iodine, which is the most important nutrient for assuring that you have a healthy thyroid; it is also helpful in keep you energized!

Speaking of energy, the B vitamins in milk (B5, B2, and B12) are great for maintain great energy levels, keeping you focused and reducing fatigue.

I choose to give my girls milk for a bedtime snack. It keeps them feeling satiated throughout the night, giving them a good night’s sleep.

I also let them have chocolate milk for a snack! In fact, it is probably the healthiest sweet drink kids can have, especially when you make it with dark chocolate syrup (sans the high-fructose corn syrup) like I do!

#Raiseaglass with me today; milk is definitely something to celebrate!

By Kelly Spring, MS, RD, CDN

 

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Eat Seaweed for your Health & Sustainability

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April 22nd is Earth Day. We should really celebrate Earth Day every day; within our blogosphere, we have decided to celebrate the earth all April long. We will feature several foods that are great choices to make if you care about the earth’s sustainability. Today’s entry is about seaweed.

Seaweed is becoming more sought-after than kale! It’s not just for sushi anymore. Foodies and restaurateurs have discovered phenomenal ways that seaweed can add flavor to anything from soups to meat and even dessert! The fact that seaweed is jam-packed with nutrients (iodine, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron to name a few) makes choosing seaweed as a food to learn to love, a no-brainer!

According to The Specialty Food Association’s 2016 Trend Forecast, seaweed is “set to explode thanks to its sustainability angle and umami appeal.”

Seaweed is one of the most sustainable foods you can consume; A World Bank study illustrated that seaweed farms could actually produce a negative carbon footprint because it is possible for these farms to absorb more carbon dioxide than they omit.

Umami, in Japanese, means “deliciousness.” Most people can easily point to four “tastes” they have been taught: bitter, sweet, sour, and salty; umami is the fifth taste; it is savory. Perhaps, one of the most popular ingredients that food manufacturers have used to give a umami flavor is Monosodium Glutamate (aka MSG); however, MSG has been shown to lead to a slew of health concerns. The Mayo Clinic claims that MSG can cause headaches, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, chest pain, nausea, and weakness. Who wants that, especially when you can obtain the same taste from a super-food, filled to the brim with health-boosting nutrients like seaweed?!

Reluctant to try adding seaweed to your own diet?! Are you imagining the slimy stuff you sometimes see when you swim in the ocean? Trust me, food manufacturers make it look much more appealing and its truly delicious. I love gimMe Health Food’s seaweed snacks. Their seaweed snack sheets are available in sea salt, sesame, teriyaki, and wasabi flavors. You can also add their seaweed crumbles to soups, salad, and even popcorn. Your condiments have never been so healthy; neither have your snacks!