Every June is Dairy Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate cheese, salute semi skimmed and go bonkers for butter!

As well as being tasty, dairy products are nutrient-rich foods which provide many important health benefits for people of all ages.

Health Benefits

It isn’t just calcium that we get from dairy, foods from the dairy group contain other important nutrients too.

Milk is packed with protein, riboflavin (also known as vitamin B2), vitamin B12 and iodine, in addition to providing phosphorus and potassium.

As you will have seen in the supermarket, milk has a range of fat contents: whole milk contains 3.5% fat, semi-skimmed milk has about half this amount (1.7%), and skimmed milk is virtually fat free (0.1% fat).

In addition, you can get milk with 1% fat. All of these varieties still have similar levels of the key nutrients including protein, calcium, and vitamins B2 and B12.

The lower-fat varieties are lower in calories too and so are a great option for those looking to mind their calorie intake*.

Dairy Products include:

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Cultured dairy – yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream and selected dips
  • Frozen desserts
  • Ice cream
  • Milk
  • Whey – milkpowder

Say Cheese!

Cheese lovers can think of nothing better than a fabulous block of fromage! And with the above health benefits to justify their addiction, they’ll be plumping for that Brie and Stilton without hesitation.

At The Works in PE1, there’s a whole variety of cook books that can help make a cheesy feast this Dairy Month. We especially love The Little Cheese Cookbook by Laura Herring, available via ‘click and collect’:

What is a bowl of spaghetti without a heavy snowdrift of parmesan? A pizza needs a stringy mess of mozzarella on top.

Is there anything more satisfying, comforting and mind-blowingly moreish in this world than an oozing cheese toastie? No. Simply because cheese is everything!

To celebrate this dreamy dairy, The Little Cheese Cookbook features 50 recipes for cheese lovers.

Being such a varied food group, from a soft and squidgy to a hard and sharp to a spreadable whipped-up cream cheese delight, there truly is a cheese for every occasion.

Van Hage’s Food Market

For a wide range of delicious dairy products, head to the Food Market in Van Hage, where their deli counter houses over 50 cheeses! From hard to soft and local to continental, there’s something for everyone and every recipe!

We’d love to see your photos of any dairy-rich foods you make this month, so be sure to upload them to our Facebook or Twitter pages!

* Information via Dairy UK.

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