June Is National Dairy Month

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National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to encourage continued dairy use during the warmer months when production was at a surplus. It has now developed into an annual month-long “holiday” that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made. In 1939, the name was changed to National Dairy Month to include all the delicious foods and beverages made from milk.

National Dairy Month is a great way to start the summer with nutrient-rich dairy foods. Dairy products like milk contain essential nutrients which may help to better manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. Whether it’s protein to help build and repair the muscle tissue of active bodies or vitamin A to help maintain healthy skin, dairy products are a natural nutrient powerhouse. Between the health benefits and the delicious variety of dairy options available, we should celebrate dairy not just in June, but all year long!

Let’s get the month started with a simple yet tasty dairy dessert – Banana Pudding Parfaits!

Banana Pudding Parfaits

Active: 25 mins

Total: 25 mins

Servings: 4


Ingredient Checklist

  • 3 ripe bananas, divided
  • 2 cups whole-milk vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups coarsely crushed vanilla wafer cookies (about 4 ounces)
  • Whipped cream (optional)


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1

Mash 1 banana in a medium bowl. Add yogurt and sugar and mix well.

  • Step 2

Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons crushed cookies in the bottom of 4 clear 8-ounce glasses. Slice the remaining 2 bananas. Top the cookie layer with about 3 tablespoons yogurt mixture and 3 or 4 banana slices. Repeat the layers 2 more times. Top with any remaining crushed cookies and whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/4 Cups

Per Serving:

388 calories; fat 10g; cholesterol 40mg; sodium 194mg; carbohydrates 65g; dietary fiber 4g; protein 12g; sugars 41g; niacin equivalents 2mg; saturated fat 4g; vitamin a iu 219IU; potassium 491mg.

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