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

Too Good to Be Healthy Crunchy Frozen Yogurt Bananas

A cool treat packed with nutrition is a recipe I had to share. These fruit based treats are also easy to make.all_kinids_bannas

“Too Good to Be Healthy Crunchy Frozen Yogurt Bananas”  may become a favorite family snack as they did for the recipe’s creator Sandra Leal.

Easy to make, each banana treat comes in for 132 calories and delivers 4 grams protein and 3 grams of fiber.

Ingredients:
3 bananas, cut in half and skewered with Popsicle sticks
1 container non-fat Greek yogurt
1.5 cups toasted granola
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Directions:
Once the bananas are skewered, roll them in cinnamon and nutmeg. Then roll them in Greek yogurt, followed by the granola. Wrap in plastic and freeze for about 4 hours.thumb_2317_recipe_b

Any non-fat Greek yogurt will work, but I have a favorite for several reasons. 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! Each 5.3-ounce cup contains authentic strained non-fat 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. 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.

 

 

Yogurt Can Give You a Mental Boost and Help Your Favorite Cause

Recent research reveals yogurt has a lot of health benefits including calcium and an easy way to cut fat, calories and cholesterol in many recipes. Did you know certain types of yogurt may boost your mood? Doctors say yogurt made with the probiotics Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium give your brain an extra dose of happy-making neurochemicals!

In the video below, Robin Miller, MD, explains how yogurt can improve your mental outlook:

One of my favorite brands, Prairie Farms Dairy, sells dairy products free of artificial growth hormones. Prairie Farms represents over 700 farm families and their distribution system covers over 30 percent of the United States! Plus Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations enabling consumers to save money and support their favorite causes. The “Our Caps, Your Cause” program gives consumers a say in where the donations go.
Learn more about how Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations at prairiefarms.com.

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A Tasty and Healthy Snack that May Fight Obesity and Reduce Diabetes Risk

More than 27 million American women have low bone mass, putting them at risk for osteoporosis according to the latest research. Around nine million women are currently living with osteoporosis according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Women up to age 50 need 1,000 mg of calcium daily; 1,200 mg for those age 51 and older.

Low-fat or non-fat dairy, including milk, cheese or yogurt are great sources of calcium and according to a new Canadian study could reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and obesity. Researchers from Laval University and CHU de Quebec Research Center discovered that overall metabolic health could be linked to the consumption of milk-based foods. The new findings can be found in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

A healthy and low calorie treat chocked full of calcium is Isabel Minunni’s recipe for yogurt-chocolate pretzel pops. At less than 170 calories per pop, they make a great treat for every member of the family.

Healthy Yogurt Pop Ingredients:
1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided
14 pretzel rods
3 cups plain, unsweetened yogurt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey

Directions:
With a double oven, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Coat one end, halfway up, of each pretzel with melted chocolate. Place on foil or parchment paper to harden.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, thoroughly mix yogurt, vanilla, honey, and remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Scoop yogurt mixture into 14 desired pop molds. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Place a pretzel in each mold, with the chocolate-coated side into pop, and place back in the freezer to completely freeze — about 6 hours.

Place ice pop mold’s tips in warm water to remove yogurt pops. Enjoy!
Makes 14 pops; each serving contains 167 calories, 4 grams protein, and 1.5 grams fiber.

You can use any good yogurt in this recipe, but I have a favorite for several reasons. Prairie Farms represents over 700 farm families and their distribution system covers over 30 percent of the United States!

The Prairie Farms products are free of artificial growth hormones. Plus Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations enabling consumers to support their favorite nonprofit. The “Our Caps, Your Cause” program gives consumers a say in where the donations go.
Learn more about how Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations at prairiefarms.com.

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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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Smart Coupons Can Save Money and Help Your Favorite Charity

Coupons do not always require clipping

Coupons do not always require clipping

September is National Coupon Month, but every month is coupon month with me because it pays off! Coupons do not always require clipping! Many digital and mobile coupons put discounts in consumers’ hands.

Purchasing power with coupons adds up. Researchers found the average family can save from $500-$1000 each year simply by incorporating coupons into online and in-store purchases. Even if you don’t want that extra cash for a great vacation every two years, stashing the savings away at just 5% will return nearly $40,000 after 20 years!

One of the easiest ways to save money is connecting with your family favorites online. For example, one of my favorite brands, Prairie Farms Dairy, can send coupons to your inbox. The convenience is not the only reasons I like the Prairie Farms family of products. Prairie Farms represents over 700 farm families and their distribution system covers over 30 percent of the United States! Plus Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations enabling consumers to save money and support their favorite causes while enjoying dairy products free of artificial growth hormones. The “Our Caps, Your Cause” program gives consumers a say in where the donations go.

Learn more about Prairie Farms coupons at their website prairiefarms.com.