Ways to enjoy dairy

MILK

  • Try a refreshing glass of cold milk as a drink instead of soft drinks or fruit juice.
  • Enjoy milkshakes or smoothies after school or when friends come around rather than having fizzy drinks. Blend milk with fresh fruit such as a banana or strawberries.
  • Include meals that contain milk-based sauces such as meat or vegetable lasagne, macaroni cheese, cauliflower cheese, fish in parsley sauce, cannelloni and fish pie.
  • Start the day with a bowl of wholegrain breakfast cereal with milk or a bowl of porridge made with milk. Add a spoonful of nuts or seeds and some fruit for a balanced meal with nutrients from all the four main food groups.
  • Go old-school and put custard on the menu. Make it using skimmed, 1% fat or semi-skimmed milk and serve with fresh bananas or baked apples.
  • For a retro pud enjoy a pot of rice pudding.
  • For older teens, go coffee-shop style at home and make lattes or cappuccinos using semi-skimmed milk, rather than a regular coffee with a dash of milk. Or chill out with an iced coffee. Simply combine chilled coffee with semi-skimmed milk.

CHEESE

  • Add a small chunk of cheese or individual portions of cheese to packed lunches.
  • Enjoy cheese spread or cream cheese with wholegrain crackers or crispbreads and fruit for lunch or a snack.
  • Top dishes such as spaghetti Bolognese or vegetable chilli with a sprinkle of grated cheese or add to cottage or shepherd’s pie then grill or bake until golden and melted.
  • For a delicious weekend brunch for all the family, top toasted bagels or muffins with lean grilled bacon, baby spinach or tomatoes and cheese. Place under a hot grill until the cheese melts.
  • Sprinkle grated cheese into salads.
  • Use grated cheese as a filling for paninis, wraps, bagels, sandwiches or pittas, or use as a topping for jacket potatoes.
  • Liven up grilled or baked chicken with a cheese and tomato filling. Before cooking, slice a chicken breast open lengthways and fill with a little grated cheese, a few fresh or sun-dried tomatoes or a spoonful of pesto and mixed herbs then grill or oven bake until cooked through.
  • Add grated cheese to scrambled eggs or omelettes to give them a delicious cheesy taste.

YOGURT

  • Make fruit smoothies or a smoothie bowl for breakfast using yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit such as bananas, mango or strawberries. Place all the ingredients in a blender, whiz for a few seconds and serve.
  • Top fresh fruit salad with low-fat natural or fruit yogurt
  • Simply enjoy a pot of low-fat fruit yogurt or fromage frais as a snack
  • Make your own tzatziki from low-fat natural yogurt with chopped cucumber, crushed garlic to taste, a little lemon juice and black pepper. Serve with warm wholemeal pitta bread or vegetable crudités. It also makes a delicious topping for jacket potatoes or is a good side dish to go with meat or vegetable skewers.
  • Create a creamy salad dressing by mixing fat-free plain yogurt with lemon juice and honey.
  • Blend plain, unsweetened yogurt with mashed avocado and lemon juice for a delicious, creamy dip. Add chilli and garlic if you like.
  • Serve cubes of mango or melon, apple slices, satsuma segments or strawberries with a bowl of plain, unsweetened yogurt for dipping into. For older children, thread the fruit onto skewers to make kebabs.

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