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Are You Spending Your Summer Wisely?

mona alley cottage

Mona is blessed to watch sunrises and sunsets at her ocean front home in Maine. She is also selling this beautiful property. For every ending there is an adventurous new beginning.

Are you trying to decide between a new bike, or a boat, or a bike or a maybe a family vacation? Psychological research suggests experiences make people happier than possessions. Ryan Howell, Associate Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University, found that people KNOW life experiences will make them happier, but they choose to spend their money on material items because they think they are of greater value.

Dr. Howells research shows we have a hard time estimating the economic value we would place on memories compared to knowing we bought a car for $20,000. One of Dr. Howell’s experiments surveyed people before and after they bought something. Before making the purchase, the participants said they were aware that a life experience would bring them more happiness, but that it would make more sense financially to buy the material item. But their opinions changed after making the purchase, researchers found. Post-purchases, the participants said that not only would happiness be greater with a life experience, but also that the life experience was a better value than the material item.

Dr. Leaf Van Boven, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder has discovered three possible reasons why life experiences make people happier than material purchases.

Experiential purchases are more open to positive reinterpretations. “If you go on a hiking trip and the weather is terrible, you might not view it as a pleasurable experience in the here and now. Instead, you may view it as a challenge and over time remember the positive aspects of the experience more than the negative aspects. With material things, you can’t do this, because they are what they are,” said Van Boven.

Experiential purchases are a more meaningful part of a person’s identity. Van Boven says, “Our culture values accomplishing goals. Experiences tend to be associated more with deeper personal meanings than possessions.”

Experiential purchases contribute more to successful social relationships. “Experiences foster relationships because you tend to do things with other people, so there is a social aspect to it,” says Van Boven. And the stories we share about the experiences are much more fun to talk about than material possessions.

As nice as your new car or bike is, it’s not going to make you feel alive. Most psychologists who study the phenomenon say people adapt to a new purchase in six to eight weeks, up to a maximum of three months.

To get you thinking, here are ten ways to spend on experiences here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Or better yet, come and visit.


Create a picnic anywhere. We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness

  • Watch the Fly Over America Movie at the Mall of America when you need a little AC
  • Play Kan Jam at your favorite park
  • Play Bocce ball at your favorite park
  • Get in the car and drive…anywhere to adventure

Surf at a water park. Our nephew’s favorite is Edina Aquatic Center where they learn how to master their surf.


  • 10% of your happiness is your circumstances
  • 50% genetic background
  • 40% of your happiness is determined by your choices like creating experiences.

Don’t be fooled into thinking stuff makes you happy. The cycle of materialistic pursuits is disappointing and exhausting and can make you unhappier. I challenge you to create ten experiences this summer. Remember you have one life to live, just imagine it was one you loved. Remember you own 40%.

Not too late to join the Best Summer of Your Life Club. You have one life to live, just imagine it was one you loved! We want to hear the ways you are going to spend your summer.


Protein-Packed Fruit Bowl (or Cup On-The-Run)

You have heard you need to power up your protein for breakfast and are tired or drinking protein shakes? This protein packed fruit bowl recipe by Judes Scharman, MS, RDN, LD is perfect for you.


Many studies have suggested we eat not drink 30 grams of protein for breakfast. And people freak out. Judes has some great tricks with Greek yogurt laced with cottage cheese for the perfect high protein breakfast. Judes reminds us that a high protein breakfast is key to deactivating the brain’s pleasure center and activating the executive decision-making part of the brain.  It also keeps food cravings from taking over, even into the evening.

Jude’s  Protein-Packed Fruit Bowl is a quick, delicious breakfast with over 30 grams of protein that is sure to dazzle and satisfy. If no papaya is available, serve it in a melon half or over any fruit. Simply mix plain Greek yogurt with cottage cheese and drizzle with real maple syrup or raw honey.  Don’t like cottage cheese? The cottage cheese only enhances the creaminess and the texture isn’t noticeable. Don’t believe us. Try it you will like it! 



  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons real maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 papaya, cut in half, seeded, (any fruit works)
  • 3 tablespoons Granola
  • ¼ cup berries
  • 2 tablespoons nuts

Mix cottage cheese, yogurt and maple syrup together. Place mixture in seeded papaya half, melon half or any cut up fruit of your choice. Top with granola, berries and nuts.

For more information, read  Jude’s  Cottage Cheese: Secret Weapon post.  


If you’re in a real hurry, just mix a couple of spoonfuls of cottage cheese directly into a one-serving container of sweetened yogurt. The cottage cheese dilutes the sugar making it less sweet and boosts the protein to make it healthier. Top with whatever granola, berries, and nuts that fit in the container and take it on the go.


Judith Scharman (A.K.A. Judes) is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master of Science degree in health education, who inspires many with the desire and tools to live a healthier lifestyle. She is a wellness speaker as part of her own business, Foods With Judes: Simple Savory Solutions and is also the Corporate Wellness Dietitian Nutritionist at Total Customized Fitness (TCF). 



As she enlightens many with her culinary workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements, she provides simple and savory solutions to nutritious eating and living. As a mother of four college-age children, Judes has been enjoying an empty nest. She recently married a wonderful guy and relocated to Durham, North Carolina  from Solon, Ohio, where she will continue to work and love every minute of life!


leanbodyJudes is thrilled to share more of her wellness tricks in her ebook, Lean Body, Smart Bottom Line: 12 Fixes to Boost Health while Juggling Life is coming out this fall. 


Best Summer Ever Club – Planned Spontaneity

Summer is for spontaneity. Moments that make the summer unforgettable.


Gary and I met month old baby Nora and noticed a Dairy Queen a block away…of course we had to stop. And we met Janie who was wearing her Best Summer Ever T-shirt. We sat by Janie and two other families and enjoyed our Dairy Queen ice cream and celebrated with her friend who suddenly started screaming. She lost her tooth in her ice cream. Spontaneous summer fun!

We hope you enjoy these savory summer moments from members of the Best Summer of Your Life Club. Our club’s goal is that these ideas inspire you to more summer fun. It’s not too late to join, just comment at the end of this blog post and say you want in the club and tell us what are you doing to deliberately create your best summer. Your best summer without regrets.

beth and kurt biking the brule

Beth Allen and her husband biked 220 miles to Brule, Wisconsin from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They started out by the south shore of Lake Calhoun to Outing Lodge in Pine Point near Stillwater on the Sabo and Gateway Trails. Next day they rode to St. Croix, Wisconsin. The third day they biked the Gandy Dancer trail to the Trailside Motel in Danbury, Wisconsin where they celebrated Kurt’s 70th birthday!  The fourth day they biked to the Solon Spring Hotel, in Solon Springs, Wisconsin. Their last day they road in pouring ran to the Brule. They experienced lots of rain, good conversations, wonderful scenery with lovely flowers, water lilies, lupine and wildlife. She really enjoyed the Wren Café in Luck, Wisconsin.


Dorian Doss’s daughter Emelia is enjoying herself in her new pool! @dori9anddossrdn


Naomi May Has enjoyed getting away from the house and heading to the country for some blueberry picking for the last three Fridays in a row. She says it is so relaxing to let the little man run free and be in nature picking their food. So rewarding in multiple ways!   @NaomiMayRDN

kathleen oswalt


Kathleen Oswalt enjoyed brunch and a fun day at Folly Beach with her sister-in-law Dawn and 2 nieces, Hadley and Madison.

Chris Shuff enjoying the Savannah River boat with friends.

nina rocca at beach 2

nina roca at beach 1

Nina Rocca is enjoying Venice Beach, California. Her beach time is her serenity. It’s her place to be grateful, recharge, relax and brainstorm while enjoying her best summer ever.@ninarocc

anne cundiff and her mom

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Anne Cundiff enjoys spending quality time with her sweet Mom in Denver, overlooking a lovely garden and breathtaking mountains!  Peaceful! @FleurDietitian

Kathy adams


Kathy Adams was talking to a café worker who was complaining about not really enjoying summer as she has so much to do always at home. Kathy stopped her and shared our best summer ever club idea of creating your fun summer list. She came up with her own list and then went on to say house work can wait, make herself a priority and do at least 1 activity a week. She thanked Kathy and said she should be a therapist. Good job Kathy summer positivity.

Put a little planned spontaneity and in your summer. Block out a day or evening with no plans and see what you are in the mood for and do it! Email me chere@cherebork.com your pictures of you celebrating and savoring your best summer for our next best summer ever blog post. We can’t wait to be inspired for focused fun and memorable joy!


National Ice Cream Day

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I Scream You Scream Registered Dietitians Scream for Ice Cream!

In case you missed it, National Ice Cream Day was the day you celebrate the smooth, creamy goodness of ice cream! Did you know the top five flavors are vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry and Neapolitan. Craving ice cream? Look no further; these amazing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist friends have ice cream ideas for you.

Karla Moreno MDA RD

Karla Moreno MDA RD

Ice cream is the perfect treat or dessert for any occasion. It’s easy to serve and there are endless flavors and combination of toppings. My favorite is a soy-based vanilla ice cream with fresh blueberries and coconut flakes! @kmorenord


Tina Gowin Carlucci, RD, CDN

Tina enjoying gelato on her Rome honeymoon

Tina Gowin Carlucci, RD, CDN 

Cool and sweet, ice cream is a must-have for the summer. Whenever possible, I try to make a special trip to a local ice cream shop for a treat instead of simply keeping ice cream stocked in the freezer. This helps with portion control, but also means supporting local businesses. And, when traveling, searching for the best ice cream in the city is a must! @gowinnutrition


sarah koszyk2, MA RDN

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN

 I worked at 3 different ice cream shops during my teenage years because I’m a super fan of ice cream.


Chris is enjoying Sarah’s ice cream cake

Every year, for my birthday, my Mom makes me a 2-layer ice cream cake with 2 different flavors of ice cream separated by a brown sugar rice krispies crust and topped with more Rice Krispies, chocolate syrup, and caramel sauce. Absolutely divine with every bite.@sarahkoszykRD

 Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

I love the cold and creamy, but dairy ice cream doesn’t sit well with me…. SO I love whipping up a frozen banana in a blender alongside 1/3 cup of soaked cashews, 1-2 dates chopped, a sprinkle of maple syrup, a touch of vanilla and a bit of almond milk if necessary.  I’ve even been known to toss in some kale for a fabulous green “ice cream”!  Summer just isn’t summer without it! @marypurdyhere

Nicole's daughter Nahla enjoying her first Ralph

Nicole’s daughter Nahla enjoying her first Ralph’s

Nicole Rodriguez, RDN, NASM-CPT

A double cone at Stewart’s Shops is ALWAYS at the top of my summer to-do list.  Offering a bevy of seasonal flavors and classic favorites, you can’t beat the creaminess – or the price!  Down here on Long Island, it’s all about the cream ices at Ralph’s Famous.  Either way, I savor every bite! @NRodriguezRDN

Naomi May, MS, RDN, LD

Naomi May, MS, RDN, LD

Mmmmm….ice cream. So cool and refreshing in the summer. Due to a dairy sensitivity, I have fallen in love with banana ice cream. Simply freeze bananas that are getting too ripe and once frozen, throw 1 frozen banana per serving into a food processor. Add a Tablespoon of peanut butter when processing and you end up with a creamy mixture of banana peanut butter ice cream. @NaomiMayRDN

Kathleen Peralta RDN, CDE

Kathleen Peralta, RDN, CDE

Ice cream, Helado (which is ice cream in Spanish), Gelato – it’s all good. Creamy smoothness, soothing coldness. Yum. The secret is how to enjoy just the right amount – a perfect food for mindful eating.   @diabetesgeek

Digna Cassens, MHA, RDN, CLT

Digna I Cassens, MHA, RDN, CLT

Coconut ice cream is my favorite flavor and I enjoy this recipe best because it reminds me of the ice cream I ate in my childhood and every time I return to my home town, San Germán, Puerto Rico. My favorite recipe is totally vegan; dairy free, gluten free and egg free, but so creamy and delicious! https://twitter.com/digtheisland

We can’t wait to hear what ice cream you enjoy.


5 Tips To Free Up an Hour Each Day for a Simplified Life


“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.” –Cedric Bledsoe

Finally a holiday we all really need! National Simplicity Day is observed on in honor of Henry David Thoreau who was an advocate for living a life of simplicity.


5 Tips To Free Up an Hour or More Each Day for the Next Thirty Days

You need this hour to start thinking about how to simplify your life.

  1. Get up an hour earlier. This may mean you need to get to bed an hour earlier.
  1. Quit work an hour earlier and use that time to think about your life. Or start work an hour later or stay an hour later but only if you can have uninterrupted time to think about your life.
  1. Stop watching TV. Even if you think TV relaxes you. TV often clutters our minds with distractions more than nourishing our souls. Does TV nourish your soul?
  1. Do a news- fast for a month and stop reading the newspaper.
  1. Be mindful of what you schedule for after work social gatherings, coffee dates and drinks. Schedule yourself instead!

Remember, as Robert Brault exclaims, Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Post on social media using #NationalSimplicityDay to encourage your friends to join you.


3 Tips for Your Best Summer without Regrets

lauri egan pool was a hit

Lauri Egan’s kids really really loved their new pool!

What sets the stage for the best summer of your life? Time. For. You. I used to have way too many flower gardens. I got super excited buying the plants and ended up never having enough time to weed the flower gardens to my perfection. Life can be the same way. Over-planting is just like over-committing and not having time for self-care. Summer is the perfect time to “bloom” from the inside out. It is absolutely the perfect time for self -care.

chris schuff took in a his third concert this summer

Chris Shuff and friends are enjoying their third concert this summer.

He writes, “Now I need to conjure up a hurricane or three for epic swells to surf! Do a Florida rain dance for me?” Rain dance coming Chris!


Get rid of guilt

Set limits on your commitments this summer.

Set up some standards as to your commitments this summer – like one night a week you will be busy.

nina rocca

Nina Rocca knows summer means ice cream. She has already enjoyed lots of beach time and friend time this summer.


Organize just enough

You like that one I bet. Organize enough so you have some structure but let go of that perfectionism organization that only leads to stressful overeating and nothing more. (Remember my “line” of work…stress and eating and hating your scale.)

kristina and clark at snowmass

Kristina and Clark enjoyed a craft beer festival in Snowmass , Colorado. Who doesn’t love the combination of beer and a festival.


Slow down

The time to think and savor your life is summer. When you find yourself rushing around, ask yourself: “What am I hurrying towards?” “Is this race aligned with my values?”

Melissa dobbins waiting for sun

Melissa Joy Dobbins is finally taking the time to enjoy a book while waiting for the sun to come out.

Way to go Melissa! Time. For. You.

Now it is your turn. Please inspire others .

Email me (Chere@cherebork.com) your pictures f how you are savoring your best summer with a one line caption and I will share on the next Best Summer EVER blog.

Honor at the beach

Erin Healy’s dog Honor loves the beach and has been ready to celebrate the Fourth of July for months now. After all her name is Honor. #HonorDog #PatrioticPup

Happy Summering! Happy Fourth of July!!

Love Chere!!!

Sitting her in my bathing suite typing this blog post! Gotta taste summer!


Are you making decisions to be happy and healthy this summer?

Summer is here! And maybe you are like the majority of people I meet. You vowed you would become thinner, richer or happier this year. And, your year is half over!

Kari Ikemote jumping up and down

Last month the Taste Life ezine focused on wealthier. So, this month let’s focus on healthier. Our lives are really a simple string of daily habits – those automatic things we do day in and day out. A habit can be good…or bad; it just depends on the life you are trying to create. Old habits are like worn comfy slippers – easy to do. It is much easier to plop change in the vending machine instead of taking an apple ALL the way to work. Think about it – you have to buy an apple at the grocery store, wash it and drive it to work and then remember to eat it. Too much to think about! New habits are like brand new shoes that take a while to get used to. It’s awfully hard to pass that M’M candy dish when you are used to swiping at it every time you pass by. What do you do?

Your first step is awareness. Take a breath. Stop your busy routine. Remind yourself that you are in charge of your life. Remind yourself you have choices. Ask yourself: Am I living my life by choice or chance? (Drives Gary nuts thatI keep dice on my window sills to remind me of this.)

Second step is to think about what you DO want. Think about what you want when you picture a happier or healthier you. Ask yourself: Who do I want to be one year from now? How do I want to feel one year from now? Think about your vision of what you want to weigh. Take an honest look at all the things you do without thinking about them. Are they helpful or hurtful habits? Are they getting you closer or farther away from your vision?



Third step, make some decisions to match your vision. Pretend you weigh 150 pounds but really want to weigh 120 pounds. You have “wanted” to lose weight for years. But have you decided, I mean really decided, you want to weigh 120 pounds. The power is in your decision, not your goal weight. Does a person who weighs 150 pounds eat like a person who weighs 120 pounds? The power is in your choice of what you decide you want to weigh, backed up by your every day food decisions. Research shows that the average person makes 200 decisions about food every day – conscious or unconscious.


My speaker friend Susan Zimmerman of Mindful Asset Planning chooses healthy. Here she is cooking up the Salmon Cakes from our 5 Ingredients for Healthy Living Cookbook.

Fourth step, dump your will power theory. Will power is won’t power. Focus on your environment, which is stronger than your will. I have my wellness coaching clients memorize, “My environment is stronger than my will.” It is not about will power. I call that worry power. Can you take a pan of bars to a get together at a cabin and not eat them?

Fifth step, create your environment to support who you want to become. But really, forget about this step until you decide. Goals are great. I will lose weight. But until you really, really decide that you truly WANT to be happier and healthier and start new behaviors, nothing will change.


Make some decisions this month. Don’t be left behind. Remember, if you have not consciously made a decision to be amazing, happier and healthier, you have unconsciously made the decision to be average, unhappy and unhealthy.

Better get busy! Summer is here and the best time of the year if you ask me!

Not too late to join the Best Summer of Your Life Club.


Homestyle Mac and Cheese Your Family and Kids Will Love

June means school’s out. Bring on the summer! My second year of marriage (ages ago in 1983) I opened up a Dairy Council Office in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I have been celebrating June dairy month ever since!  I always celebrate by baking a big batch of cream puffs to share with family and friends.

I adore dairy products and can say with one hundred percent certainty I eat cheese every day along with an assortment of yogurt, and cottage cheese and some sour cream depending on the day. Of course I wash it all down with a glass of milk ! I adore chocolate milk best when I want something sweet or to rev me up after a workout. But what else would you expect from a Cheesehead from Wisconsin!

Jill 2014

Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN is America’s Childhood Nutrition Expert, a registered dietitian, childhood nutrition/feeding expert and author who spends most of her work time writing, speaking and consulting for her private practice and for other companies.

Jill Castle, MS RDN, CDN is sharing her recipe for Home Style Macaroni and Cheese that her kids adore and you will love too. Jill writes, “My kids LOVE boxed macaroni and cheese until I came up with this recipe! Yes, I finally found a recipe to convert my kids over to homemade. You can bump up the cheese or lower it; change the milk fat content (non-fat up to whole milk) and bake it off or serve it soft, after combining the cheese and pasta together (which is how my kids like it!). Best of all, this is a double recipe, so one dish for tonight, and one stored in the freezer for later! How efficient is that?!

jill castle kids

Madeline (18), Ben (14), Gracie (19) and Caroline (16)

Her books, Eat Like a Champion and Fearless Feeding arm parents with nutrition knowledge at each stage of childhood and prepare young athletes for athletic competition, respectively. Her online course for parents (The Kids Healthy Weight Project) makes confusing nutrition principles come alive with a practical food system, feeding strategy, and lifestyle infrastructure that helps parents be confident and knowledgeable in feeding and raising healthy kids who have a healthy weight, positive food attitude, and balance with eating.


Jill strives to make food and feeding intentionally healthy without being overbearing. She recognizes the constraints parents face today and help them be a little bit better, and a little bit healthier. She works hard to empower families with knowledge, confidence and a commitment to growing in both areas. 

Check out Jill’s books and don’t forget to celebrate dairy month!

We would love to hear about your favorite dairy foods.


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Approved Favorite Dairy Foods

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If I had to pick only one food group to eat it would be dairy! Why? Dairy is a nutritional powerhouse. Dairy provides more for your food dollar than any other food. Milk costs 25 cents per 8 ounce serving. Milk, cheese and yogurt are A+ delicious, nutritious and affordable. And dairy can easily be incorporated in most recipes (shredded cheese can adorn many dishes, a slice of cheese on a burger, or yogurt dolloped on your favorite dessert.) And dairy is quick eats for a meal without any prep. My go to quick lunches consist of cottage cheese and strawberries or blueberries and some rolled up turkey luncheon meat with a glass of milk. I also adore Havarti Cheese with Dill, rice crackers, fruit and a beef jerky. And daily, my Gary eats Greek Yogurt with frozen berries, Cheerios and canned salmon for breakfast.  We are a #dairygood home! J

I am delighted to share of my colleagues favorite dairy foods and why they love them. I hope you celebrate June Dairy month by upping up your dairy. And don’t forget to take the pledge. #Dairy3forme .

Health is hope and hope is everything! Dairy makes sense!

Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

My favorite dairy food overall is Greek yogurt. It’s packed with nutrition, especially protein and calcium, and is SO versatile! It’s an awesome addition to recipes. Overnight oats is a breakfast I enjoy on most mornings because I can grab it and get to work. The protein contained in the Greek yogurt helps me stay full and protects my precious muscle. I have so many recipes but I’ll stick with the summer patriotic theme and share my Red, White and Blue Overnight Oats. @LaurenPincusRD

Amy Gorin

Amy Gorin, MS, RDN

I absolutely love Greek yogurt and eat it almost every day. The creaminess is so satisfying, plus it offers a good amount of protein! I enjoy it in a breakfast bowl with fruit and nut butter, as well as in my Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip with Crudites. @amygorin 


Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN2

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN

I’m Italian so I only use good Parmesan and Romano cheese. We never eat pasta without it. I also love Fontinella – a sharp Italian cheese that we enjoy sliced. It’s delicious with Chardonnay and fresh Italian bread. @rustnutrition


Ashley Kish

Ashley Kish, RD

Milk is by far my favorite dairy product; I can’t live without it! The uses of milk are endless. And don’t forget dairy can be so beneficial during weight loss.


Jen Haugen, RDN, LD2

Jen Haugen, RDN, LD

We always have dairy in the fridge because it’s so nourishing for our family.  From the nine essential nutrients in milk, cheese and yogurt plus the taste and flavor we all love, there’s not a day I don’t have three servings of dairy a day.  My favorite way to get this nourishing food is to have a snack of cheese cubes and fruit (like apples, grapes or berries) as part of my boost up in the afternoon or evening.  And in the summer, of course, a favorite is ice cream on the patio!  Here’s a look at why my daughter things dairy rules too! @jenhaugen



Beth Klos, RD, LDN, CDE

Beth Klos, RD, LDN, CDE

Perusing in my refrigerator, it’s hard to pick one dairy food as my favorite.  I use so much dairy – low-fat Greek yogurt, no added salt cottage cheese, a sprinkle of Reggiano Parmesan here and there- but one current favorite does stand out.  I found a Hard, aged cheddar that is reduced in both salt and saturated fat, while still packing a flavorful punch and breaking into meaty chunks.  When I want the cheese a richer texture, I warm it to room temperature with my hands and drizzle it with olive oil.  The pungency balances wonderfully with the earthy taste of whole grain crackers. I have to balance my love of dairy, especially cheese, with my desire to maintain my health, and this cheese fits the bill.  It’s a pleasure, not a sacrifice.  


Kathleen Oswalt MS, RDN, LD

Kathleen Oswalt MS, RDN, LD

I cannot lie – my favorite dairy food is CHEESE.  I love any kind of cheese and more so when it is accompanied by a nice glass of wine.  Good cheese is something I enjoy only here and there so when I do indulge I savor it.  In 2012 my husband and I got to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory, I had a lot of fun tasting all sorts of cheese.  Happy me! @OswaltKathleen


Lynda Enright MS, RDN, LD, CLT

Lynda Enright MS, RDN, LD, CLT

My favorite dairy is Kefir. It is packed with even more good bacteria for your gut than yogurt! I add it to my morning smoothie with kale or spinach and frozen berries. I add some psyllium husk fiber to help feed those good gut bugs. All nourishing for a healthy gut and healthy body and delicious too! @LyndaEnright


Val Schonberg MS, RD, CSSD, LD, NCMP

Val Schonberg MS, RD, CSSD, LD, NCMP

It’s so hard to choose a favorite! I grew up drinking milk everyday with my meals and continue to include a glass of milk with breakfast and dinner. It fills me up and is a great source of additional protein, along with calcium and vitamin D, which I know I need in my 50+ years. But, I also love Greek yogurt especially with some flavorful berries with my lunch or for a snack. @valschonberg

Elizabeth Berry, MS RDN

Elizabeth Berry, MS RDN

I have a love affair with two dairy foods:  cheese and Greek yogurt.  I eat yogurt most days of the week. With fresh berries and flax meal plus a decadent drizzle of one of my gourmet balsamic vinegars – so satisfying!  While I might not have more than an ounce of cheese a day I adore it.  I have decided to adapt the MIND diet for cognitive health.  This eating plan recommends cheese no more than 3 times a week. My cheese drawer will feel like I have broken off the affair as I often have cheese twice a day! @LizRDN

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Barbara R Baron, MS, RDN, CDN

Cheese is rich in protein, calcium and big on flavor that a small amount goes a long way…I love the cheese connection between fresh mozzarella and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano added to sliced eggplant! @barbbaron



Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD

My favorite dairy food is milk because it’s so versatile and good for you. My Pumpkin Spice Smoothie that is a better for you option that’s delicious and nutritious and topped with whipped cream!


There you have it! We can’t wait to hear what your favorite dairy food is and why! Remember to take the pledge and enter the contest #Dairy3forMe.


National Jerky Day

Today is National Jerky Day!! How luck are we!  National Jerky Day was created to celebrate the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks.


A pound of meat or poultry will weigh only about four ounces once it is made into jerky, and it can be stored for months without refrigeration because most of the moisture has been removed. Salt is added to the meat before it is dried, to prevent bacteria from developing.

Since 1996 jerky has been selected by astronauts as space food several times for space flights. 

Traditional jerky is readily available in nearly every convenience store, gas station, supermarket, and variety shop in the United States.


There a million brands but one brand is absolutely the best Simply Snackin’.



Finally, we have a Registered Dietitian-approved jerky busting with nutrition for busy people who don’t have time to sit down to eat!  Simply Snackin’ hits a home run with flavor (my favorite is the Dried Beef with Cranberries and Blueberries), a clean ingredient label (no additives or fillers), and a fabulous nutrition profile. You have got to try these high-protein, low-fat jerkys bursting with yum. Don’t forget – new studies are suggesting we need 30 grams of protein per meal! 


Simply Snackin’ snacks are my favorite lunch-time meal paired with a chunk of cheese and an apple. Perfect for travel, too – I keep them in my car and purse. What could be easier?

Simply Snackin’ hits a home run for busy people who are trying to be healthy!

What are you waiting for? Time to celebrate National Jerky Day with Simply Snackin’ – buy them on line and sign up for their mailing list and receive discounts!

What is your favorite jerky?

Disclosure: Simply Snackin’ is a client of mine but I do adore them and these opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this post.