Celebrate National Dairy Month with Real Smoothies, Real Dairy

Written by our friends at the American Dairy Association

June is National Dairy Month and there is no better way to celebrate than with Real Smoothies made with Real Dairy. A smoothie made with wholesome milk or yogurt is a delicious way to get high-quality protein and other essential nutrients that your body needs to help fuel your day. Making smoothies with real dairy is a great way to honor the hardworking dairy farmers behind the milk and dairy products making it to your table every day.

A refreshing smoothie is a simple and easy way to pack a lot of nutrients into one glass. To get the most nutrition from your smoothie, make it with real milk or yogurt.

Milk makes an excellent base for any smoothie. Milk is a go-to source of protein as well as a powerful package of 13 essential nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus,  and several B vitamins. Milk also has immunity-boosting nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Zinc, and protein. Add more or less milk, depending on how thick you like your smoothie.

Yogurt also makes a great addition to a smoothie. Yogurt is another excellent source of protein and 9 essential nutrients. All yogurts are made with live and active cultures, and some also provide probiotics – or good bacteria – that may help maintain digestive health, boost immunity, fight infection and protect against diseases. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier in texture because it is strained during processing to remove liquid whey, which is also why Greek yogurt is higher in protein and lower in lactose and calcium.

Check out these delicious smoothie recipes that can be made with real milk and Greek yogurt!

Peanut Butter Smoothie


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • Garnish: mini chocolate chips


  1. In a blender, combine milk, yogurt, banana, and peanut butter. Pour into glasses and top with chocolate chips. Serve immediately.

Spinach Orange Smoothie


  • 2 mandarins, peeled
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • ½ cup raw spinach
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt


  1. In a blender, combine Mandarin oranges, banana, Spinach, milk, and vanilla yogurt. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

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