Did you know June is National Dairy Month?
Well, it is, and to celebrate, challenge your kids to a milk bottle race. As in, literally ask your kids to run with a milk bottle on their head. Sound impossible? American Ashrita Furman holds the world record for the fastest time to run a mile while balancing a full milk bottle on his head—and that was in 7 minutes 47 seconds.
Keep the dairy party going all month with a number of special days for your family to enjoy random dairy treats.
June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Here's how to make Coffee Can Chocolate Ice Cream from Kaboose.
June 20: Ice Cream Soda Day
Here's how to make Raspberry Ice Cream Sodas, a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis.
June 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day
Here's an easy chocolate pudding recipe your kids can make from Martha Stewart.
Other milky meals and treats?
- Cheeseburger Pasta n' Vegetables
- Macaroni & Cheese for a Crowd
- Savory Bread Pudding
- Very Best Fudge
- Warm Peach Bread Pudding
- Chocolate Latte Milk Shakes (a Weight-Watchers recipe—indulge!)
- Snow Pudding (you don't need real snow)
According to the National Dairy Council, it's recommended that people 9 years and older consume 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy every day. Download this sheet for 30 ways to incoporate more dairy into your family's diet.
And, counter the eating of the goodies above by celebrating Eat Your Vegetables Day on June 17th. See how well you know your kids know their veggies! Here's a downloadable word search puzzle.
Erin Bernard-Benson is a contributor to New Jersey Family.