Posted on June 8, 2012 at 2:37 PM by Iowa Corn
June is National Dairy Month!
Our recipe today is to honor and celebrate all of the great Iowa Dairy farmers across the state! Iowa’s dairy farmers are committed to producing the highest quality, most nutritious dairy products possible. They are dedicated to caring for their animals and making sure they are comfortable. Dairy farmers also strive to care for the environment and take good care of our natural resources.
Dairy farming is important to Iowa’s economy. A recent study by Iowa State University found that more than 22,000 Iowa jobs are provided by dairy industry – including jobs on dairy farms, by dairy processors and other services that benefit and aid the dairy industry and each dairy cow has a total economic impact of $23,445. Iowa is home to nearly 1,600 dairy farms and about 200,000 dairy cows.
In addition to being an important part of Iowa’s economy, dairy is also an important part of a healthy diet. Milk naturally has nine essential nutrients making dairy products delicious and nutritious. Recent studies have shown that consuming dairy products as part of a balanced diet has many health benefits including helping maintain a healthy body weight, assisting in controlling high blood pressure and limiting the risk of osteoporosis.Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Squares (Click here for the original recipe from The Midwest Dairy Association)
- 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk, divided
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 cup Post Grape-Nuts™ or similar cereal
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground cloves
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen strawberries (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 3 cups fat-free strawberry yogurt
For More Information:Iowa State Dairy AssociationMidwest Dairy Association
- Measure 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk; set aside. Line 8x8-inch baking pan with foil; spray with non-stick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine cereal, cinnamon, cloves and remainder of sweetened condensed milk. Spread cereal mixture evenly on bottom of pan, place in freezer.
- Place strawberries and yogurt in a blender; cover and blend. Add 1 cup sweetened condensed milk; blend until smooth. Pour mixture over cereal, smoothing to edges of pan. Cover with foil (or plastic wrap) and freeze 8 hours or until firm.
- Use edges of foil to loosen and remove from pan; let recipe thaw for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.