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11 10, 2017

3 Meaningful Ways to Honor National Farmers Day

By |October 11th, 2017

 

We are the reason dairy farmers get up at odd hours to feed and care for their animals, work year-round on the farm, and make sure we have an ample supply of fresh, local dairy. It is their life’s passion and commitment.

I am proud to work for our 12,000 dairy farmers at American Dairy Association North East. Thursday, October 12 is National Farmers Day – it’s my chance (and yours) to say, thank you, and honor these hardworking farmers.
Tour a Dairy Farm
If you ever get the opportunity to visit a dairy farm, do it! In honor of National Farmers […]

06 10, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Dairy for a More Basic Life

By |October 6th, 2017

It’s okay to be basic. But why not add a little spice to your life? Pumpkin spice, to be exact. Your grocery aisle has a harvest overload of pumpkin anything-you’ve-ever-wanted.

Introducing pumpkin spice dairy we know you’ll fall for, from yogurt and ice cream to milk and more.

Carve Time for Yogurt
Nothing screams fall like pumpkin spice… yogurt? Yeah, that’s right, yogurt. Only it tastes like pumpkin pie. Even better, it’s a guilt-free indulgence.

Flip over the crunchy taste of Chobani’s Pumpkin Harvest Crisp with pie crust pieces, glazed pumpkin seed and pecans.
Opt for the smoothness of Siggi’s Pumpkin […]

hunger action month
28 09, 2017

Eating on $4 Per Day – Can You Do It?

By |September 28th, 2017

26 09, 2017

Learn How Drinking Milk Keeps Seniors Moving

By |September 26th, 2017

Whether you’re 7 or 77, drinking milk at any age is important for good health. Milk is a good source of vitamin D and calcium, which older adults tend to need more of, to maintain bone strength, preserve muscle strength, and prevent osteoporosis. For some seniors, milk means more than nutrition. It provides comfort in their golden years.

Milk Driven Memories
“My grandfather had some cows and he used to bring us milk,” recalls 77-year-old Doris Perschka. Growing up, Perschka lived near her grandfather’s farm in Atlanta, Pennsylvania. Ever since she was a young girl, milk played an important role […]

Friends
15 09, 2017

Dairy: From Table to TV

By |September 15th, 2017

We showed you milk in movies before the Oscars and now that the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards are here…it’s TV’s turn! This time though, we’re not just stopping with milk. Check out all your favorite dairy treats in the hands of some of your favorite Emmy nominated actors and actresses, on and off the screen.

Lets kick off our list with everyone’s favorite Modern Family.
The Stars
1. Sofia Vergara
Prada in one hand…Breyers in the other. Sofia Vergara certainly has a great sense of style and also knows how to pick a desert. Paparazzi regularly snaps photos of her around town enjoying […]

Michelle Barber
12 09, 2017

Dinnertime with Kids

By |September 12th, 2017

better breakfast month
11 09, 2017

Better Breakfast Month Recipes from Our Dietitian Friends

By |September 11th, 2017

08 09, 2017

Flavored Milk: A Nutrient Powerhouse

By |September 8th, 2017

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30 08, 2017

Dairy Aisle Grows with New Products

By |August 30th, 2017

28 08, 2017

The Impact of Dairy

By |August 28th, 2017

I confess, milk is something I take for granted. It takes little effort to reach into the refrigerator and pull out milk, or to run to the store and pick up a fresh gallon. I never considered milk a luxury, until I spoke with the York family from Western Pennsylvania.
Meet the York Family
Margaret York is the family matriarch. Retired, her job is helping to run a nine-person household. She lives in a three-bedroom house with her daughter, LaTonya York, a 43-year-old, full-time working mom. In addition, Margaret helps look after LaTonya’s one child and niece. The seven children are […]

23 08, 2017

Happy “Healthy” National Banana Split Day

By |August 23rd, 2017

17 08, 2017

Top Starbucks Drink Picks by this RD 2 Be and Barista

By |August 17th, 2017

Along with being a college senior in a nutrition and dietetics program, I am also a part-time Barista at Starbucks. Through my 2-and-a-half-year tenure there and my nutrition classes, I have found the best drinks for health-conscious customers.

These drinks are high in protein, with vitamins and minerals that help your body stay strong and healthy. From the vast possibilities of drinks at Starbucks (and believe me, there are THOUSANDS of combinations and options!), I have come up with four of my favorite good-for-you drinks.

The Smoothie

Everyone knows the Frappuccino, but Starbucks offers another type of frozen blended drink; smoothies! They […]

01 08, 2017

Dietitians on a Dairy Farm

By |August 1st, 2017

Cold Soups
17 07, 2017

Cold Soups are Hot!

By |July 17th, 2017

Dairy farmer Ironman completing her race
14 07, 2017

High Time for Tri Time: Tapering for Success

By |July 14th, 2017

Well folks, it’s about that time!

Ironman Lake Placid is only days away and I’m experiencing every stage of race day jitters; anxiousness, nervousness, excitement and… the inevitable second-guessing of my life decisions.

In the spirit of race day preparation, I want to fill you in on my training status (most importantly re-capping Ironman 70.3 Syracuse) and how I plan to  get ready for race day.
Warm Up Race: Ironman 70.3 Syracuse:
A few weeks ago, my sister and I put our training and race strategy to the test at Ironman 70.3 Syracuse (a half-distance Ironman). It was a challenging day with a […]

Portion Control
14 07, 2017

11 Can’t Miss Portion Control Tips

By |July 14th, 2017

13 07, 2017

No Substitute for Real Dairy: Dairy Farmer Opinion

By |July 13th, 2017

Ar-Joy Farms, Cochranville, PA
The following guest editorial written by Pennsylvania dairy farmer, Marilyn Hershey was originally published at PennLive on July 7th, 2017.  Click here for the full article!

Nut, plant-based drinks aren’t a substitute for real dairy: Opinion
I’ve learned first-hand that having a prominent name can lead people to make certain assumptions about you.

When I married into the Hershey family in 1984, some of my friends assumed I had struck the chocolate jackpot.

I had to explain that while Hershey is certainly a renowned and respected name in Pennsylvania, there are many Hersheys who have no ties to the descendants of Milton […]

29 06, 2017

5 Last Minute Beach Body Tips

By |June 29th, 2017

Rising temperatures means shedding layers of clothes. If the idea of showing more skin – and your beach body – during swimsuit season makes you cringe, there is good news – making small, simple changes to your day-to-day routine can help you get from flab to fab.

Here are five diet and lifestyle suggestions to send you toward flatter abs:

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Many people don’t realize that under-hydrating can make you feel bloated, increase constipation, and sometimes even slow body fat loss. Health experts suggest women drink 90 to 120 ounces of fluid a day. If you’re a sweat […]

21 06, 2017

Price Chopper Cheddar – Quality, Connection and Tradition

By |June 21st, 2017

15 06, 2017

June Dairy Month Recipes from Our Dietitian Friends

By |June 15th, 2017

dairy food art
13 06, 2017

Dairy Food Art

By |June 13th, 2017

Chocolate Milk swimming
05 06, 2017

Hydration Nation

By |June 5th, 2017

Just a quick recap for new readers/followers that are not familiar with my audacious adventure, I’m a dairy farmer and dietitian training for Ironman Lake Placid in July 2017 (that’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run triathlon). I teamed up with the American Dairy Association North East to blog on my experience (if you haven’t read my past blog post free feel to check them out here or check out my video:

Originally when I planned on writing a blog about hydration I was going to tell you about all things hydration…. but so much […]

01 06, 2017

Celebrate #WorldMilkDay !

By |June 1st, 2017

boy with chocolate milk in school
19 05, 2017

7 Reasons to KEEP Flavored Milk in Schools

By |May 19th, 2017

via The Impulsive Buy
18 05, 2017

The Day Dairy Fat Stopped Me in My Tracks

By |May 18th, 2017

Have a low-fat stamp on your forehead? I used to. As a registered dietitian of nearly 40 years, I am seeing the message around dairy fat changing. Dairy fat isn’t the dirty word that it has been. I was sampling foods during a professional meeting the day dairy fat stopped me in my tracks.

Dietitians love to taste food samples so that we can then take that information back to those we advise. Businesses know this and so, at professional meetings, there are always many opportunities to try new food offerings. The recent Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting […]

03 05, 2017

Planning for Ironman Success

By |May 3rd, 2017

Growing up, my incentive to cook tasty recipes and crush some laundry was driven by getting home early from farm chores.

As a grown-up farmer, triathlete, and business owner, my incentive to plan meals, make lists and think ahead is driven by better recovery and satisfied bellies (let’s be honest – a fed hubby is a happy hubby 🙂 ).

Devoting a whole blog post on planning probably earns me “super boring adult” status, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Here are 3 areas of planning that triathletes focus on (or should focus more on) for ironman success:
Ironman Training […]

Student with milk
30 04, 2017

Milk: It does a college student’s body good!

By |April 30th, 2017

I teach a basic nutrition class at a local college. One of my students’ projects, The Dietary Analysis, is to keep track of all the food they eat for three days and then assess its nutritional quality.

The assignment looks at whether the student is meeting the basic USDA recommendations for each food group from MyPlate (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy). The dairy data from my class was disappointing. Here’s the breakdown for 23 students:

Students with 3 (or more) dairy servings daily
1

Students with 2 dairy servings daily
7

Students with 1 dairy serving daily
13

Students with 0 dairy servings daily
2

 

As a registered dietitian, […]

Kelly Springer on processing tour
13 04, 2017

The Power of Processing

By |April 13th, 2017

10 04, 2017

5 Diet Tips that Actually Work

By |April 10th, 2017

06 04, 2017

Favorite Breakfast Dairy Pairings Around the World

By |April 6th, 2017

I love to travel and cannot resist my wanderlust. It’s inherited from my favorite travel companion, my mother. She and I are looking at our next trip. We’re deciding between her choices of an excursion to Hawaii or Alaska. As the matriarch, she gets first dibs.

As I was looking over the latest brochures with my Saturday latte (whole milk, of course), I got to thinking… I have experienced some unique breakfast dairy pairings across the world.

Here’s my unofficial list of my favorite use of dairy in breakfast around the world.
Ukraine: Cornmeal Porridge
Ordering authentic cornmeal porridge in my native language […]

Todder with yogurt
30 03, 2017

Snack Time Sanity

By |March 30th, 2017

28 03, 2017

Lactose Intolerance Facts: Can I Still Drink Dairy?

By |March 28th, 2017

One of the most frequent questions we hear about lactose intolerance is, can I still drink dairy?

Yes! There are ways for people with lactose intolerance to enjoy their favorite dairy foods, while benefiting from the wholesome nutrients found in milk, cheese, and yogurt.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions – and answers – we received during Lactose Intolerance Month in February.
What is lactose intolerance?
The inability to fully digest a naturally occurring sugar (lactose) found in milk and other dairy products. With this condition, the body does not make enough of an enzyme (lactase) needed to break down […]

23 03, 2017

Fueling Young Athletes: A Sneak Peek

By |March 23rd, 2017

Make Your Own Yogurt Ingredients
22 03, 2017

Make Your Own Yogurt

By |March 22nd, 2017

Stacey Jackson
08 03, 2017

From Dancer to Dietitian

By |March 8th, 2017

24 02, 2017

10 Best Milk Movie Moments

By |February 24th, 2017

When thinking of iconic movie beverages, something ‘shaken, not stirred’ is probably top of mind…maybe even a soda or some sort of “juice cleanse.” But, there’s one classic movie beverage that is full of nutritious goodness…milk!

Milk has been in the hands of movie stars for years – from commercials, to TV shows, to the BIG SCREEN!

With the 89th Academy Awards quickly approaching, we thought it would be cool to highlight milk as a supporting actor and share our favorite milk movie moments!
1. Napoleon Dynamite, 2004

Using milk as his wingman, Napoleon delivered the best pickup line ever!
The struggle is real when […]

21 02, 2017

Food Safety: 5 Ways Dairy is Kept Safe

By |February 21st, 2017

A lot of work goes into making safe, wholesome milk. Ever wonder, what happens on a dairy farm? And how does milk get from the farm to your table?

Providing high quality milk for our tables starts with dairy farmers’ taking good care of their cows. The animals are fed nutritious food, given 24-hour access to fresh water, and get milked 2-3 times a day. It’s a round the clock job!

On a farm tour of Richmond Dairy Farms, John Richmond hosted Buffalo Bills Aaron Williams (#23) and other players.

 1. On the Farm
On the farm, it’s hands off the milk! Milk from cows […]

milk bottles
20 02, 2017

Spoiler Alert! The common confusion behind “Sell-By” dates

By |February 20th, 2017

Ironman Abbey from New York on Dairy Farm
08 02, 2017

Dairy Farmer and Future Ironman

By |February 8th, 2017

Introducing (future) Ironman – Abbey Copenhaver! 
Hello curious readers, future friends, and fans,

My name is Abbey Copenhaver, I’m a dairy farmer and Registered Dietitian (otherwise known as the “dairy farmer RD”). I’m also a triathlete, dog mom, aunt, sister (to 7 awesome siblings), graduate student, and current Ironman pursuer. I consider myself a pioneer of combining my passion for farming, food and fitness into a career and lifestyle.
The Challenge:
Last August, I announced my ambitious plan to race in the Ironman Lake Placid 140.6 (IMLP) this upcoming July. As I prepare to test my mettle with a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike […]

Chicken with Yogurt Sauce
03 02, 2017

Tina’s Garlic-Curry Chicken Breasts with Greek Yogurt Sauce

By |February 3rd, 2017

baby-with-milk
02 02, 2017

Introducing Dairy to Your Baby

By |February 2nd, 2017

parm rinds
24 01, 2017

Top 5 Dairy Food Trends to Watch in 2017

By |January 24th, 2017

As we usher in a new year, a few dairy food trends are on our radar. It’s once again cool to have fresh, home-cooked meals made with locally-sourced food. Where food comes from, how it’s made, and food waste prevention are all the rage this year, boiling down to 2017 being a pivotal year for sustainable eats. Here are a few of the top trends to keep an eye open for this year:

1 – Making calories count
With growing evidence that fats are an essential part of a balanced diet, our love affair with “low fat” anything appears to be […]

People posting on social media at the 2017 PA Farm Show
19 01, 2017

Getting Social at the PA Farm Show

By |January 19th, 2017

From Selfies to Shakes – The PA Farm Show
The 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show was full of farming, fun, and, of course, food. The surprising star of the #PAFS17? The hashtags!

Social media channels were booming as people typed, clicked, and shared their way through the farm show experience. Luckily for them, they were equipped with hashtags to serve as the whipped cream on top of a perfect post. Here is a rundown of our favorites:

 
#2017ButterSculpture
At a hefty 1,000 lbs this year’s butter sculpture was a center piece for social media posts at the Farm Show. The sweeping landscape paid tribute to […]

mozzarella
19 01, 2017

5 Cheeses Full of Taste but Low in Calories

By |January 19th, 2017

panna-cotta
12 01, 2017

It’s All Greek (Yogurt) To Me!

By |January 12th, 2017

With a week of fun at the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show, our team has had our fair share of Milkshakes and Fried Cheese.

All the way from Okla @bradonlongwx is LOVING his 1st & 2nd @padairymens #Shakes4Hope @fox43 @AmyFox43 @ChrisFOX43 @Mel_Orlins He’s happy! pic.twitter.com/MVde7WCkLr
— Lucy M. Gnazzo (@GnazzoPromotion) January 11, 2017

Alas, it’s time to honor our New Year’s Resolutions and move to some healthy alternatives – without sacrificing the Yum Factor.

Enter Tina Jackson, head chef and founder of Hey Chef! Personal Chef Service, LLC. On Saturday, her team will share the secret to using Greek Yogurt to make Tina’s Garlic […]