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The latest dietary guidelines, which help promote health and prevent chronic disease, emphasize the importance of consuming a healthy, whole diet including fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, proteins, and oils. These foods should be eaten within a sensible calorie level, and with limited amounts of saturated fats, added sugars, and sodium. Sounds reasonable, right? After writing over 30 books on weight loss and nutrition, I am a proponent of an anti-inflammatory diet that includes all of these food groups — in the right portions, and eaten at the right times, of course.

Of all the essential food groups, dairy gets the worst rap! Why? Because the type of fat found in whole-fat dairy products is saturated fat, which doctors warn can increase your risk of heart disease, as well as “bad” LDL cholesterol. Additionally, some people have a hard time digesting dairy or are lactose intolerant, which makes them want to steer clear completely.

However, I believe that dairy is an important contributor to a healthy diet, especially due to the calcium benefits. There is definitely more good news than bad when it comes to dairy — the key is to make smart, thoughtful choices when selecting your dairy. For example, many nutrition experts suggest having fat-free or low-fat dairy products to make dairy more accessible. They also recommend yogurt as a preferred form of diary, since it provides lots of protein and calcium, and it may also optimize healthy gut bacteria.  

I love getting my dairy in the form of yogurt since it’s so versatile, and one of my all-time favorite brands is Peak Yogurt. What makes Peak so special, why do I go out of my way to get my yogurt delivered from these guys? Get this…they make Triple Cream yogurt, which has 17% milkfat. The founder, Evan, believes that milkfat is the best part of dairy, with all its silky richness and fat-soluble nutrients, so he adds a LOT of cream to his yogurt! It’s thick, creamy, and really satisfying, so it doesn’t need a ton of sugar or other additives to satiate and fuel your body.

Additionally, because we all need to be more aware of where our food comes from and how it’s sourced, it’s comforting to know that the folks at Peak get their organic milk and cream from three family-owned dairies in Oregon. They believe cows are healthiest and produce the most nourishing milk when they can graze on fresh pasture grasses, and when they’re treated in a humane way. Pretty simple concept, but you’d be surprised at how many companies don’t consider those standards when sourcing their ingredients.

Yogurt can be eaten in so many ways — it’s a really flexible ingredient that can be used in tons of different recipes and types of cuisine. Peak’s plain unsweetened yogurt is also keto-friendly and low-carb, which appeals to a lot of different eating plans. So, let’s stop being so afraid of diary and enjoy it again! With Peak’s variety of flavors, you can find a delicious option that suits any meal. One of my favorite tips: I love to replace sour cream or mayonnaise in recipes with Peak Yogurt.

Peak Yogurt is packed with live and active cultures, plus probiotics, which we know is great for digestion and overall gut health. They’re also adamant about limiting added sugar in their foods, which we know is more damaging than almost any other substance we can consume. Their yogurt packs are really easy to grab when you’re on the go, so all you need to do is throw in some fruit or granola and you have a full, satisfying breakfast or mid-day snack. And for all of you out there who like to snack on veggies and dip, Peak has awesome recipes on their website for delicious dips — and even desserts!

Peak Yogurt is truly the gold standard, and they make delicious products that will inspire you to embrace dairy. Check out their full line of products on their website and give it a try! And to stay on top of all that’s going on in the Peak Yogurt community, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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