The Dairy Food Group

The Importance of Consuming Dairy Products

Importance

The dairy food group is very important because it is a good source of Calcium, vitamins, and minerals. This is important because Calcium helps build healthy, strong bones.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is when your bones become very week from lack of calcium intake. In order to keep your bones healthy and not have osteoporosis you have to drink lots of milk in your childhood and teenage years that way you can build up your bones strength. Because when you get older you aren't able to take in as much calcium.

Healthy Food Choices

Yogurt, Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream, Smoothies are some of the healthy food choices that are full of calcium.

Recipe

Ingredients

3 tbsp (45 mL) packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground ginger

Pinch ground allspice

3 large peaches, cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) wedges

1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds

2 cups (500 mL) plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

Place peaches in an 8-inch (20 cm) square glass baking dish; sprinkle with half of the sugar mixture and toss gently to coat. Spread in a single layer. Roast for about 15 to 20 minutes or until peaches are tender and lightly browned. Let cool slightly, or to room temperature.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast sunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes or until starting to turn golden; add remaining sugar mixture cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until toasted and glazed. Spread out onto parchment paper and let cool.

To assemble, in a bowl, combine yogurt and vanilla. Divide half of the yogurt equally among 6 dessert dishes and top with half of the roasted peaches, then half of the glazed seeds; repeat layers.

Tips

The peaches can be roasted up to 8 hours ahead. Let cool, then cover and store at room temperature until assembling the parfaits. The seeds can be toasted up to 3 days ahead; once cooled, store in a cookie tin at room temperature. The parfaits are best assembled just before serving.

Substitute 3 large black or red plums for the peaches; they may require about 5 minutes longer baking time depending on the firmness of the fruit.