This sponsored post was written in partnership with National Dairy Council and One2One Network, but as always, all opinions are my own!
As Moms, we've all heard about the importance of making sure that our kids get enough dairy in their diets to build strong teeth and bones. We made sure as young toddlers that they received their daily helpings of milk, calcium-fortified OJ, yogurts, and itty bitty cheese cubes. As they grew older, we moved on to chocolate milk served with the school lunch, and snacks of squeezable yogurt tubes and string cheese. Now that my youngest are “tweens” I start the day by serving fruit smoothies made with yogurt and milk. Quite frankly my friends…. I am a “Milk Pusher”. I serve everyone a tall glass of milk with dinner, and they all know they are not going to be excused from the table until it's gone. No one even tries to get away with not drinking their milk anymore.. because they all know that I will hunt them down and find them…. and make them drink their milk.
Now, there is a reason for this.
One of my children had a vitamin D deficiency in toddlerhood, and her bones paid the price for it. A good healthy diet and regular exercise plus plenty of time to grow has helped to resolve some of the damage done…. medical interventions will be needed at some point to mend the rest. But one of the side effects is that this has caused me to assume the role of “Dairy Police” where I take seriously the duty to make sure that my kids are getting enough for their young developing bodies.
But sometimes dairy is not kind to a tummy. Some bellies get gassy or feel bloated and the digestive tract becomes a little,,, shall we say… upset? And for some of us, this might mean that we are lactose intolerant. Now that's not the same thing as a food allergy- it's really considered to be more of a food sensitivity. People who are lactose intolerant don’t naturally make enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose (a sugar naturally found in milk). So since this is not an allergy- lactose intolerance doesn't mean that you need to avoid dairy completely… in fact- there are lots of options in the dairy aisle!
Of course lactose-free milk is available that contains all of the healthy stuff, but removes the icky that makes bellies hurt. But did you know that natural cheeses such as cheddar and swiss contain such small amounts of lactose that even those that are lactose-intolerant can usually enjoy a generous helping of these natural cheeses? But my favorite lactose-friendly treat is yogurt- because the live active cultures in yogurt actually help the body to digest lactose! So I thought I would share with you a quick and easy after-school snack made with yogurt that works for lactose-intolerant bodies:
Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Drops
This recipe is so simple that it is really just a non-recipe…..
Put 1/4 cup of yogurt into a bowl and spoon 2 heaping spoonfuls of frozen fruit into the yogurt. Mix well, coating the fruit thoroughly.
Using your fingers, separate each piece of fruit and place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Make sure that each berry is well-covered by the yogurt topping.
Freeze for 30 minutes and then pop the drops into your mouth! Enjoy!
This sponsored post was written in partnership with National Dairy Council and One2One Network, but as always, all opinions are my own! To learn more about lactose intolerance check out the Lactose Intolerance Page on the National Dairy Council's website!