How Jimmy Kimmel Took Me Back to Mornings with Captain Kangaroo

The introduction of Peeps flavored milk by Prairie Farms Dairy got a lot of attention on television and online. Local news and national late night talk shows alike conducted taste tests with anchors and celebrities. For example, Jimmy Kimmel and the American Idol Judges all tried the three flavors of Peeps Milk and offered their reviews. You can view it here:

It was with a hint of regret that Kimmel explained the Peeps milk flavors are not available in California, so the show had to have them flown in from the Midwest. I chuckled and thought of my dear mother.
CaptainKangarooYou see, I grew up on Captain Kangaroo, a children’s television show that went off the air in 1984. It was a weekday ritual in our family. In between the cartoons and the skits, Captain Kangaroo advertised Wonder bread. He said so many wonderful things about Wonder bread all the children in our large family would beg for Wonder bread. The problem was that in the area of the country where I grew up, they didn’t sell Wonder bread. I remember her taking us to the bread aisle again and again, to show us there WAS NO Wonder bread to be bought there.

Decades later, a better job prompted my relocation to Saint Louis, Missouri. I was sharing the good news with one of my siblings. I recall he informed me with a lilt of excitement in his voice; I would finally be in Wonder bread country. Funny how you remember things like that.

So when Jimmy Kimmel advised the milk wasn’t available on the coasts, I was taken back to Wonder bread. I felt the disappointment of some youngster seeing the Peeps milk and getting excited only to discover it isn’t in local stores.

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I am fortunate to be able to buy Prairie Farms products where I live. It is well known here representing more than 700 farm families. Prairie Farms also helps families in need and non-profit organizations. The Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations ranging from food banks to animal groups and zoos. The dairy’s program also gives consumers a voice in helping local causes.

Perhaps the Peeps flavored milk will help spread the word about this way Prairie Farms customers can give back to their communities.10329194_651448261626775_6185995284465362652_n

Tasty Ways to Eat Well to Stay Well and Help Others at Same Time

Flu season is ahead and the call is out to get vaccinated.

Flu season is ahead and the call is out to get vaccinated.

Flu season is ahead and a flu shot is great protection. Doctors say you can also boost your body’s immune system with some natural flu-fighting foods. Green, black and oolong tea all deliver compounds that reduce the risk of flu.

One of my favorite treats, yogurt, also strengthens the immune system. Probiotics, the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt can help cut down on illness. To get the most health benefits from yogurt, look for “live and active cultures” on the label.

I find yogurt helps me cut fat, calories and cholesterol by using nonfat and low-fat yogurt as an alternative to mayonnaise and sour cream in dips, sauces, baking and dressing recipes. For example, adding two or three tablespoons of plain yogurt to one cup of low-fat vinaigrette bottled dressing creates a creamy and delicious “homemade” tasting dressing.

A farmer owned dairy in my area, Prairie Farms, introduced a new line of 100 calorie Greek Yogurt a few months ago and I love it! It comes in five flavors: blueberry, cherry, key lime, peach and strawberry. Each 5.3-ounce cup contains authentic strained nonfat yogurt made with natural ingredients and produced using milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones. Plus each cup contains 12 grams of protein and the yogurt is naturally sweetened with Stevia and free from artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors.

Another reason I look for this yogurt in stores is that Prairie Farms Dairy represents over 700 farm families and their distribution network covers over 30 percent of the United States. The dairy also helps families in need and non-profit organizations. The Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations and gives consumers a voice in helping local causes. I think it is a tasty way to eat well, stay well and help others at the same time!

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