June is National Dairy Month, giving you one more reason to incorporate milk, cheese, yogurt, and other delicious dairy foods into your daily diet. If you happen to be vegan or following a dairy-free diet for health reasons, you can celebrate the month with tasty non-dairy alternatives. Here are a few dairy-rich recipes with tasty suggestions for non-dairy substitutes.
Dairy for health
According to the National Dairy Council, Americans are currently only consuming about two dairy servings per day, putting them at risk for deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium and other key nutrients for health. Adding just one more daily serving of low-fat or fat-free dairy can help fill some of America's nutrient gaps.
Further, research shows that three servings of dairy is not only good for your bones, it can help you lose weight, improve your heart health, and reduce your risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Dairy for athletes
If you're an athlete, research indicates that drinking chocolate milk as a post-workout drink promotes hydration, reduces muscle damage, and improves muscle recovery. Milk is a high-quality source of carbohydrates, protein, and electrolytes.
Common non-dairy substitutes
Due to a growing number of people who are turning to non-dairy alternatives, there are many dairy-free substitutions you can incorporate into your meals so you can continue to enjoy your favorite recipes.
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