Hi, my name is Rachel Morgan. I am the current Cayuga County Dairy Princess. I was crowned princess last year on June 1. This means that this will be my last news article as your 2013-2014 Dairy Princess. Although sad, it’s hard to express how much I’ve learned in the past year, and how much I hope to have taught in the past year. The three key messages that I’ve stressed are nutrition, animal care and environmental stewardship.
In regards to nutrition: it is important to remember to eat three servings of dairy each day to maintain good health. Farmers take care of their animals because that is their livelihood and their basis to create a good product. Environmental regulations and policies are put in place and heavily watched over in order to keep our land, lakes and air as clean as possible. Farmers care so much about their profession, and it is my job to communicate that.
With summer coming up and just around the corner, I’d like to talk more about how dairy can have a positive impact on your summer diet. It may be cliché to you at this point, but having “three-every-day” can really boost your health. Dairy has nine essential nutrients: vitamins A, D and B12, protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, and niacin. These all contribute to healthy bones, strong muscles, better teeth, a healthier circulatory system, you name it. Having yogurt for breakfast, cheese at lunch and a glass of milk with dinner is all that is necessary to improve your health. It is honestly that simple. I hope that if I’ve taught you anything in the past year, it is the positive impact that dairy has on your diet.
June is national ice cream month! For a fun and delicious way to incorporate dairy into your kids’ diet, I have provided a recipe for homemade ice cream:
Materials: Ice cubes (enough to fill half of a gallon bag per serving), 1 cup of half and half, ½ cup salt (preferably rock salt), 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 1 pint-size ziplock bag, 1 gallon size ziplock bag, ¼ cup of fresh fruit or other mixings.
Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla in the pint-size back; mix, and seal tightly. Place salt and ice in the gallon-size bag. Place pint-size bag inside gallon bag and seal the gallon bag. Shake the bags until the mixture in the pint bag feels like it has hardened (should take about 5 minutes). Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, gently stir in mixings, and enjoy! (Makes one serving.)