Kickstart Your Day With Dairy

Are you getting enough calcium in your diet? Here are some fantastic tips and recipes to help you kickstart your day with dairy.

Next week (August 1 - 7) is National Healthy Bones Week and Dairy Australia is calling on all Aussies to 'wake up their bones with breakfast' by hosting their own dairy rich breakfast — be it a school yard snack, a yummy mummy brunch or an office morning tearoom treat.

The annual event, now in its 17th year, will this year focus on the importance of a calcium-rich breakfast for bone health. This follows a new Australian study which showed participants who skipped breakfast were less likely to meet the dietary recommendations for dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

According to Glenys Zucco, dietician for Dairy Australia, if your intake of calcium is low, your body will take calcium from the bones to use for other important functions. “Breakfast is an ideal opportunity to kick off your calcium quota by ensuring you have at least one of the recommended three daily serves of dairy foods," she said. "However, almost one third of Australians over the age of 13 do not have breakfast every day.”

Dr Sandra Luliano-Burns, a bone researcher from the University of Melbourne, says for healthy bones in old age we need to look after them throughout life. “Adequate daily calcium, regular weight-bearing exercise, and adequate vitamin D are essential at all ages for healthy bones and the prevention of osteoporosis in later life.”

According to recent research, 75% of Australian adults recognise that calcium-rich foods such as dairy are important in the prevention of osteoporosis. Yet only 17% say they make sure they have enough dairy each day.

“National Healthy Bones Week is an ideal opportunity to make dairy a breakfast habit. Whether it’s milk and yogurt in a smoothie or on cereal, or cheese melted on an English muffin," said Ms Zucco.

Top Tips to Kickstart your Day with Dairy

• Thickly spread fruit toast with Australian low fat ricotta, Australian cottage or cream cheese, top with fresh fruit and drizzle with maple syrup or honey, for a light and luxurious breakfast.
• Top fresh fruit and cereal with Australian fruit flavoured yogurt.
• For a quick breakfast on the run, try dipping a crunchy muesli bar into Australian fruit flavoured yogurt.
• When making scrambled eggs, throw in a handful of grated Australian cheese to add extra flavour and creaminess. (Also great with Australian feta!)
• Make home-made bircher muesli by stirring Australian milk and natural yogurt into traditional oats with some sultanas and a grated apple. Refrigerate overnight and serve with fresh fruit.

And here are some delicious calcium-rich dairy recipes-

Buttermilk Pancakes with Whipped Raspberry Ricotta

Tropical Bircher Muesli

Ricotta and Banana Wraps with Warm Honey

Pear and Date Porridge

For more info and an online calcium planner head to www.healthybones.com.au

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