In The Kitchen

Built With Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk is nature's sport drink! It is an ideal post-workout beverage with every serving containing the nutrition needed to promote effective recovery after exercise. Those nutrients include carbohydrates to refuel muscles, protein to reduce muscle breakdown and stimulate growth, and fluid and electrolytes to replenish what is lost in sweat and to rehydrate the body. Backed by science, more than 20 studies support the benefits of recovering with the high-quality protein and nutrients in chocolate milk after a tough workout.

Lowfat Chocolate Milk:

  • Is a natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle.
  • Contains the right mix of protein and carbs scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles and help return to peak potential.
  • Provides fluids and electrolytes – like calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium – to rehydrate and help replenish critical nutrients lost in sweat.

When Do I Refuel?

  • Drink 16 ounces of chocolate milk within 30 minutes of completing your workout, practice or competition.
  • Refuel with chocolate milk between double training sessions and closely scheduled competitions.
  • Include chocolate milk in your daily diet. Good nutrition can make a big difference in your performance.

Chocolate Milk Contains:

  • 90 percent water, which helps replace fluids and rehydrate the body.
  • Calcium, Vitamin D and phosphorus to help promote, maintain and build strong bones.
  • Protein to reduce muscle breakdown.
  • Carbohydrates to fuel muscles during exercise and help muscles recover after exercise.
  • Potassium to help with fluid and mineral balance and muscle contraction.
  • B vitamins that help convert food to energy to fuel working muscles.
  • Chocolate milk contains carbohydrates and protein that are important for an athlete’s health. From bone building to muscle strengthening, the nutrients in chocolate milk provide a variety of positive health benefits. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that low-fat milk was more effective than water or a carbohydrate fluid-replacement drink at replenishing fluids and maintaining hydration post-exercise. Most adults don’t realize their bones continue to grow until about the age of 35. In addition to being a great sports drink, milk can help prevent osteoporosis.

Join the Florida Milk Build It Team: 

Is chocolate milk your go-to drink after a run or workout? Florida Dairy Farmers is looking for athletes to join the Florida Milk Build It running team. You could have the opportunity to receive race entry and Florida Milk swag, and represent us at several races including Orlando's OUC Half Marathon, Gate River Run in Jacksonville, A1A Marathon and more.

Here's where we will be for the upcoming 2019 race season:

St. Anthony's Triathlon 
April 27 & 28, 2019  

Tomoka Triathlon
May 26, 2019 

Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon
December 1, 2019 

OUC Half Marathon
December 7, 2019 

For more information, and to tell us why you should be on Team Florida Milk email our team captain, Brittany! 

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Ricotta Avocado Toast with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Farm Egg

June Dairy Month is the perfect time to go dairy forward at a Father’s Day brunch.

Toast toppings with dairy are quick, easy ways to embellish a morning staple. Avocado toast is one of the decade's most popular food trends. Combine the smashed buttery avocado with ricotta, whole milk, fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, and a poached or over-easy farm egg and you have a great breakfast for Father’s Day or any day. 

The cooking time is a little long for this recipe, but this is geared for a special occasion – not a quick bite and dash out the door to work. Good news for busy home cooks: The recipe has many make-ahead elements so that assembly can go very fast.

I added roasted tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms on the side to make it a true Fresh From Florida meal.  Serve with prosciutto, thick-cut bacon, and a bloody Mary or mimosa.

Recipe provided by Heather McPherson from Heather's Florida Kitchen.

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Florida Guava and Banana Smoothie with Greek Yogurt and Milk

Whether it’s in smoothies or coffee, adding one more serving of milk to your family’s day can help ensure they get the nutrients they need to build strong bones and teeth, according to Florida Dairy Farmers.

Did you know that June Dairy Month started out as a way to distribute extra ice-cold milk during the warm summer months? The commemoration was established in 1937 by grocer organizations sponsoring “National Milk Month.” By 1939, June became the official “dairy month.”

Florida Dairy Farmers want to remind consumers from whole to lactose-free, there are many fluid dairy choices for menu planners and home cooks.

Recipe provided by Heather McPherson from Heather's Florida Kitchen. 

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Garden Gazpacho with Fried Sweet Corn and Bacon Topping

The nutrients in dairy products play key roles in preventing heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis, and dairy is important for building strong bones and teeth. For June Dairy Month, Florida Dairy Farmers are reminding consumers to choose milk, cheese, and yogurt, all of which are excellent sources of calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

This cold soup is a refreshing summer menu choice for brunch, lunch, dinner. Thick Greek yogurt and whole milk provide a silky texture and extra protein. You can substitute one small cucumber for the celery, but each ingredient imparts distinct taste nuances. I prefer celery because of its pleasantly bitter quality that works well with acidic tomatoes.

Traditionally leftover crusty white bread is an ingredient in gazpacho. This variation on the recipe eliminates the bread making the gazpacho gluten-free.

Recipe provided by Heather McPherson from Heather's Florida Kitchen.

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Pepper Drop Biscuits with Fresh Mango and Mint Whipped Cream

June Dairy Month reminds us that dairy farming is a family tradition in the Southeast. In Florida, dairy farms are primarily owned and operated by second and third-generation farmers. These operations collectively produce about 300 million gallons of milk a year with Lafayette and Okeechobee recognized as Florida’s leading dairy counties.

Florida’s dairy farmers recycle about 170,000 tons of agricultural byproducts such as citrus pulp, brewers’ grain and whole cottonseed that are consumed by the cows instead of ending up in landfills. Being good stewards of the land is important to the entire industry.

In the kitchen, Florida farmers love to combine their dairy products with other Florida harvests to create sweet and savory dishes. Today’s recipe accomplishes both.

These savory drop biscuits filled with fresh mango make a nice side for brunch menus or summer picnics. No sugar is added to the rich whipped cream topping because the fruit has enough natural sweetness to carry this dish.

Recipe provided by Heather McPherson from Heather's Florida Kitchen.

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Mojito Cheesecake

Welcome to June Dairy Month, a time to celebrate to Florida dairy farmers and their agriculture colleagues across the Southeast. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans produced by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services supports the importance of consuming three daily servings of dairy foods such as milk and cheese. Dairy is also highlighted for providing three of the four nutrients that are typically lacking in American diets: calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. Both organic and regular dairy foods contain the same essential nutrients key to a healthy and balanced diet.

Throughout June we will be sharing recipes that cover a range of flavors and healthful approaches to summertime menus. But we thought we would kick things off with a dessert splurge. After all, moderation is part of any good-for-you eating plan. Slim slices are super satisfying and sharing the cheesecake with the friends and family will make second-serving temptations disappear quickly.

Recipe provided by Heather McPherson from Heather's Florida Kitchen.

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1003 Orienta Avenue
Altamonte Springs, Florida, 32701
Phone: (407) 647-8899