Dairy Queen

September 14, 2010

“Hand me the yoghurt!”

“I want some cheese.”

“Where is my smoothie?”

These are thoughts that now enter my mind on a daily basis. For I am the Dairy Queen…

I am happy to say that I have become accustomed to eating three serves of dairy a day. I really feel like I have developed a healthy dairy habit. These days we tend to think of habits in a negative sense – giving up bad habits like smoking, or creating bad habits like skipping workouts. Not this time.

A little over two weeks ago, I challenged myself to eat more dairy and reach my recommended dietary intake (RDI) for calcium every day for two weeks. You can read about my journey here, links 1, 2 and 3. I completed my two weeks on Friday 10th September, and have found it really easy to maintain my new habit.

Over the course of my Calcium Quest, I fell short of my RDI on two days. I don’t think that is bad at all, if I do say so myself. Having a healthy diet is all about consistency. If the bulk of your diet is full of wholesome, natural, healthy food, then you are doing really well. Every now and then having a hot fudge sunday or some pizza is completely fine…and delicious…ok, now I want a sundae 😉

Back to my Calcium Quest, I really do enjoy including three dairy serves each day. I find myself craving dairy if I have not had some by mid-morning. This week I have had to travel interstate for work. What was the first thing I bought to stock up the fridge in my accommodation?…some vaalia yoghurt and cheese slices! I have turned into a Dairy Queen! And I wear my crown with pride…

Being away from home this week has meant, however, that I find myself without my beloved blender. I am pretty sure that my body is going through smoothie withdrawals as I type. So, please excuse me as I indulge in a bit of smoothie nostalgia. On Friday, I made myself a smoothie for breakfast. I simply had to share it with you, as it was the most darling, pastel shade of baby pink.

Raspberry and Banana Smoothie

Made with 1/2 a banana, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 200g vanilla yoghurt and 1/2 cup milk.

I also made wholegrain sourdough toast, with natural peanut butter and the other half of the banana. I love this combination, and it was delicious, as always. Together with the smoothie, it made for an incredibly scrumptious and nutritious breakfast.

I am really embracing my new title of Dairy Queen, and endeavour to reign over my smoothie subjects with gusto and consistency. Now, hand me my yoghurt…

Heidi xo
  • Tara September 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

    MMMM, the smoothie (and toast!) look delicious! I am such a dairy junkie–there's nothing more comforting than creamy Greek yoghurt or a yummy smoothie for me! My parents used to run a milk distribution business, so maybe that has something to do with it… I'd like to think that my calcium levels are pretty good as a result. I tried going vegan for a year as a teenager, but I have to say that I feel much better with some good quality dairy in my diet (love soy, but it doesn't agree with me), as much as I wanted that not to be the case. Vaalia yoghurt really is great, isn't it? I like the lemon flavour, as well!

  • Leah September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I can't live without cheese! I love all sorts of cheese. Parmesan, romano, goats feta, mozzarella. I almost always have a piece of cheese everyday! Even as a snack, with a glass of wine. The food on your blog always makes me hungry, and leaves me drooling at my desk!

  • Chanel11 September 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    All hail the Dairy Queen!

  • Anna Johnston September 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    With so many people having reactions & being lactose intolerant, its so nice to read someone pumping dairy in. Lovin' the smoothie too.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    That's a good idea. I don't think I do eat enough dairy for my calcium needs. It's usually eaten as cheese or milk in my tea! 🙂

  • Heidi September 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Loving the dairy love from you girls, thanks!

    I found a new yoghurt today, jalna low fat strawberry – amazing! I love the texture of jalna yoghurt. I have only ever tried the vanilla, which I adore, but strawberry was lovely too. Really creamy for a low-fat yoghurt.

    Heidi xo

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets September 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Glad you've been mostly keeping up with your goal! I just started a nutrition class and was a bit stumped by the dairy recommendation, since it's not a huge part of the Chinese diet I grew up with. I'd happily gulp down this smoothie though =D.

  • Kath (Eating for Living) September 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Yay for good habits! 😀 😀 😀

    Anyway, I'm a little sceptical about calcium recommendations, because they usually just account for the intake, but not for excretion. The body excretes more calcium when it is acidic, so foods that give you an acid load (like cheese) will run counter your plans, even if they contain a lot of calcium themselves, as long as you don't balance them with alkaline foods. On the other hand, you can increase calcium assimilation by just eating more alkaline foods without upping the calcium intake itself. So it's a good thing to eat more veggies and fruit, especially if you go for bigger amounts of cheese, e.g.

    Sorry, I didn't want to sound instructive at all, it was just a thought. 🙂

  • Heidi September 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    No, please, I love the sharing of different schools of thought! It is very interesting. It can get so complicated when you get into the detail of how the body absorbs different nutrients. I think it is best to have a really varied diet, and this can help you get the most out of the food you eat.

  • Kath (Eating for Living) September 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you! I'm glad you got it right. Varied sounds good! 😀

  • grace September 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    so many of my favorite things are in the dairy category–ice cream, cheese, yogurt, even a tall glass of milk. you bring honor to the dairy throne, heidi. 🙂