Get back on track with dairy

U.S. Dairy Alliance Photograph Banana Bread Overnight Oats is a great breakfast food that includes dairy and provides you with one of your three daily servings of dairy.

Hello, everyone! This is Lilly Crane, the Wyoming County Dairy Princess.

I hope you are all had a wonderful time celebrating ice cream month in July. I have been by going out and supporting all my local small ice cream shops. Not only does this help support small businesses who suffer from the pandemic, but it also helps support the dairy industry which continues to produce and create products that make ice cream.

Everyone’s schedules continue to change throughout the summer months, but what is slowly creeping upon us is back to school. We slowly see back to school signs pop up in stores or even on TV. For me and most of my friends, this causes summer to go by fast!

While this may cause panic throughout the younger generations attending school in the fall, it provides some relief for the parents or guardians who struggle to keep their kids on a schedule. School provides stability and routine for kids and it is important to start helping them get back to their school schedule. This not only means a certain bedtime and morning routine but it also means less snacking and transitioning to their everyday balanced breakfast and lunch.

Schools provided well balanced meals with at least two servings of dairy throughout the day. Many parents are running themselves thin during this time and truly can’t plan meals that provide three servings of dairy everyday for their kids, especially big kids. Even an 8-ounce glass of milk twice a day is a great start.

Milk and other dairy products contain the nine essential nutrients which are so important to an everyday diet, one of the big ones being calcium. Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. In addition to building strong bones and muscles, calcium enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat. Almost 100% of calcium in our bodies goes to our bones and teeth, keeping them strong. Calcium is important to all ages from infants to the elderly and it is necessary to consume something that provides calcium everyday. Of course there are tons of food that include calcium but why not make it easy and consume something fun like dairy. When consuming dairy you can rest assured that you’re providing your body with nourishment and nine essential nutrients while also supporting our local farmers that are stewards of the land and continue to work hard through every season to provide us with the products which are so important to our overall health.

To aid in getting everyone’s daily routines on track, I have included a recipe for Banana Bread Overnight Oats, found on the U.S. Dairy Alliance page. This is a great breakfast food that includes dairy and provides you with one of your three daily servings of dairy!

I hope to see you all at the Wyoming County Fair in the upcoming weeks, where you can see me and my court!

Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Ingredients

1 cup plain kefir or yogurt

1⁄2 cup milk

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1⁄2 cup chopped pecans, divided

1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon

1⁄4 teaspoon all-spice

2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided

2 small ripe bananas, sliced

Instructions

In a medium mixing bowl or plastic container with a lid, combine kefir, milk and oats; stir until well combined.

Add in remaining ingredients, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the nuts and 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup for garnishing.

Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

When ready to serve, place approximately half the banana slices in the bottom of serving glasses or bowls, divide oat mixture evenly between them.

Top with remaining banana slices, pecans and drizzle of maple syrup.

Lilly Crane is the Wyoming County Dairy Princess. Lilly and members of her dairy court are writing columns each month for The Daily News about their experiences as dairy princesses and the dairy industry.

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