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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Ellie Wilson


June is National Dairy Month, and we have a lot of delicious and nutritious ways to celebrate with you all month long! As a registered dietitian-nutritionist, and a dairy lover, I am very sure dairy is the real deal – wholesome, versatile and a culinary champion used in an amazing variety of foods and recipes. To kick off this celebration, we have some great smoothie recipes to share! They are the perfect way to pack the benefits of Real Dairy into an easy-to-enjoy treat!

Fueling up with the full package of 13 nutrients milk adds to your glass is a great way to honor the hard work of the farmers that ensure it is available to you and your family every day. Those nutrients include calcium, phosphorous and B vitamins, which support bone strength and energy metabolism. Milk is a good source of high-quality protein, and contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and zinc. Together they help build immunity, support healing, and help grow and protect muscles. Traditional and Greek yogurt are made with live cultures and contain some probiotics, which improve gut health. So many benefits!   

Greek yogurt is thick and creamy, its satisfying texture delivered by straining some of the liquid whey, resulting in higher protein content and lower lactose and calcium. You can use milk and Greek yogurt in your Real Dairy Smoothie, and change the recipe amounts to taste if you like! 

We celebrate throughout National Dairy Month – add these ideas to your calendar and join in the fun all month long!

June 1 – World Milk Day – Lift your Glass!

June 4th – Cheese Day

June 7th – Choc Ice Cream Day

June 14th – Strawberry Shortcake Day

June 20th – Milkshake Day

June 20th – Ice Cream Soda Day

June 21 – Smoothie Day

June 25th – Strawberry Parfait Day – (could be a yogurt and strawberry parfait)

June 27th Ice Cream Cake Day


Milk Makes It Better

Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

World Milk Day is June 1st every year, kicking off National Dairy Month! Milk brings so much to the table – on its own, a refreshing, nutritious, local food that is sustainable and sustaining – milk’s 9- nutrient package improves the nutrition quality of every meal and snack it accompanies. I love the opportunity to pair milk, cheese or yogurt with all kinds of produce – flavor, texture and benefit all come together in many delicious ways! I am a dairy “agvocate” – science and practice as a nutrition professional has shown me the many benefits of including milk and milk products in meals and snacks, and we will showcase some delicious, nutritious meal and snack ideas, especially for family meals, all month long!

Milk is the definition of comfort food – one of those things everyone buys when the weather forecast is turning, one of the ingredients in almost every one of your grandmother’s recipes, and what so many of us reach for and enjoy when we are just browsing in our own refrigerators! Milk is also what so many families ask for when they are struggling with healthy food access – parents know milk is a smart way to ensure children have the energy and nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Consider sharing this bountiful beverage with your neighbors and food banks through the Fill A Glass with Hope milk donation campaign this month. Fun fact – chocolate milk is a great recover drink, for kids and adults working and playing hard!

Taste rules – milk is a culinary team player, incredibly versatile, and always seasonal. In fact, fresh Price Chopper milk is a true local product, and goes from cow to cup in 48 hours or less!  Savory or sweet, milk does it all – sauces, desserts, smoothies, the latest coffee beverage, soups, stews, appetizers or casseroles! Adding milk to your family meals is affordable and just one extra glass per day can close some nutrient gaps for adults and children. Winner, winner, milk with dinner – Enjoy!

Spring Sausage Vegetable Strata

Homemade Vanilla Pudding with Berries

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

Raise a Glass to Dairy Month!

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN  Senior Nutritionist


June 1st is a holiday for our dairy farmers – it is World Milk Day, and kicks off the annual celebration of Dairy Month and all that dairy brings us! Full of flavor and nutrients, packed with protein, familiar and affordable, wholesome dairy brings richness to so many foods. Across the Northeast, dairy is considered a unique “natural resource”, which supports healthy people, healthy communities and a substantial and sustainable positive impact on local economies. We use milk, yogurt, butter, and cheese to bake, batch, sip, and savor our way through delicious and nutritious meals and snacks. Welcome to Dairy Month, an annual national celebration of all that dairy brings us. There would be no dairy without dairy farming, which encompasses time-honored heritage and forward-thinking scholarship – this industry keeps innovating, and is full of hard working, passionate people that ensure animals have the best care, and milk is the highest quality. About 97% of dairy farms are family-owned, generation after generation that have moved the industry forward and treat animals, land and the future with reverence and respect. Dairy also delivers crucial nutrients – milk, yogurt and cheese contribute 51% of calcium and 58% of Vitamin D for just 10% of the calories in the overall American diet. The Great American Milk Drive also kicks off in our stores today – with a $1 or $5 donation at the register, you can join in and get milk to children and families that are less food secure. Check out our Facebook Live visit with our friends at Ivey Lakes Dairy in Stanley, NY, follow the blog, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram learn more about how fresh, nourishing dairy foods make their way from the farm to your table, and the delicious ways you can enjoy them. In case you couldn’t tell, we love dairy – Price Chopper and Market 32 are highlighting dairy and dairy case items all month – you will love the selection and the savings. Celebrate with us! Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs November 12, 2017


                Country Crock knows you want to feel good about what you feed your family.  That’s why they make Country Crock with the goodness of plants. Real simple ingredients you can recognize and pronounce.  It all about providing a source of good fats along with a country fresh taste the whole family will enjoy. 1017_new_itemsCcrock Country Crock Unsalted and Salted Buttery sticks are made with Sunflower Oil and have a delicious country fresh taste your family will love.  They can be used one for one like butter in your favorite recipes.  They have a soft and creamy texture so they are easy to mix straight out of the refrigerator, meaning you don’t waste any time waiting for them to soften. Look for Country Crock Buttery Sticks in the Dairy aisle. Nils Mike hoodOn Friday, August 4th our team headed north to visit two manufacturing facilities of HP Hood.  Hood has been a strategic Dairy partner to Price Chopper for decades; producing many of our Price Chopper and PICS dairy products. IMG_0460The team started the day at the HP Hood plant in Vernon, NY.  This plant produces Price Chopper brand Greek yogurt, as well as Hood cottage cheese. The milk sourced for their Dairy production comes from local farms within a 50 miles radius of the plant. We’re proud of our local roots and being able to source #homegrown milk for our Price Chopper Greek yogurt!  The team also toured ESL processing plant in Oneida, NY where Hood branded creams, coffee creamers, and a variety of plant-based and lactose-free milks are made and packaged. The tour of the facilities was nothing short of impressive! Hood’s dedication to quality, innovation and service was evident in their state-of-the-art operation! HP Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the U.S. as well as an experienced leader in ESL (extended-shelf-life) & aseptic processing and packaging. Thanks to the team at HP Hood for inviting us in! We had a great day moo-ving around the plants! IMG_3977     UntitledWritten By: Ellie Wilson, MS, RD  Senior Nutritionist, Price Chopper Supermarkets Better & Better From the outside looking in, it might appear that getting milk from cow to cup is actually a very old farming tradition that has been adapted and improved and is no big deal now. It might look like there is not a lot of room for innovation, or that it isn’t really needed – you don’t hear about many problems with dairy, right? You can feel confident in the quality of Price Chopper milk, cream and half and half because there are many safety and quality checks and procedures that go into turning raw milk into all of these wholesome products. It starts at the farm – I already shared some of the procedures that help the farmer get milk ready to be picked up by the tanker truck. Garelick field rep Jackie inspects the farm periodically to ensure they are maintaining their safety practices and supports John with any updates or recommendations that have been identified. Next, the tanker truck has to pump the milk into the two separate holding tanks in the truck and seal those tanks. When the tanker gets to the plant, it is quarantined outside the building, and a lab tech comes out to verify the seals, then open the two compartments and take samples to the lab. If the seal is broken, or anything is detected by the lab, that milk cannot enter the plant. The milk is checked for any substances that don’t belong – like antibiotic residue, or high bacteria count. It is also checked for quality measures, like butterfat content. This is all tracked and is part of the information Garelick Farms sends back to John Green that he uses to take care of his cows.pulling an order for PC Once the technician gives the ok, the truck can move into one of two bays and the milk is transferred into the raw milk silos. Then the tanker is cleaned and sanitized so it can go back out for pick ups. If the schedule is working, they move a truck in and out every 1 ½ hours. Jeniece Goellner, the plant quality manager, ensures that all of the quality and safety procedures happen at every critical point in the process where something could go wrong and compromise the quality of the milk. This requires great attention to detail, constant consideration on how to improve the process, and passion – which plant manager Dave shared is a key ingredient from the many long term, committed workers that are part of the plant team. This process is so well coordinated, there are only about 10 tanker rejections out of over 1100 tanker deliveries per year. The milk is bottled, labeled and moved into cold storage. Each Price Chopper store has a dairy manager who tracks milk sales and sends an order in to Garelick Farms for exactly what they need each day. That order goes to the plant and then to Garelick employees like Isaac Seldman. He reviews and assembles each order, and out they go to the trucks for store delivery. This is why the milk is so fresh – it can be from cow to cup in less than 24 hours, sometimes even in 12 hours! So there it is – your cow to cup tour. In addition to the milk itself, I hope you can see that there is a lot of passion, commitment, and connection poured into that cup. Enjoy a glass of Price Chopper milk today! Written by Jane N. Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs CHOBANI BITE choban14bitecarampineapchunChobani – America’s #1 selling yogurt brand – has been crafting wholesome products using only the best ingredients since 2007.  Instead of cutting corners, Chobani takes the time to make their yogurt using a centuries-old authentic straining process.  It’s a back to basics approach rooted in their core values of craftsmanship and innovation, and their belief that yogurt is meant to be simple.  Just milk and cultures paired with only natural ingredients. With their new product line, Chobani Bite, you’ll find a snack you can sink your teeth into.  Each scrumptious serving contains 8 grams of protein to help keep your afternoon hunger pangs at bay.  These convenient 3.5 oz. cups of blended Greek non-fat and low-fat yogurt come in four crave-worthy flavors: Caramel with Pineapple, Coffee with Dark Chocolate Chips, Fig with Orange Zest and Raspberry with Dark Chocolate Chips.  With this perfectly portioned cup, snack attacks don’t stand a chance! Look for Chobani Bite in the Dairy aisle. PURINA FRISKIES RISE & SHINE Friskies Rise & Shine will awaken your cat’s senses and feel their adventure of a new day.  No one loves morning more than cats.  They’re the ultimate “morning people.”  So Friskies is not offering a whole new way to start your cat’s day. friski5rise&shinebeef Try NEW Purina Friskies Rise & Shine wet cat food in the following unique and tasty flavors:  Tasty, Turkey & Egg Scramble, Savory Salmon & Egg Scramble, Savory Chicken & Egg Scramble and Sizzlin’ Beef & Egg Scramble.  Also, try NEW Friskies Rise & Shine dry cat food, available in two sizes. Friskies Feed the Senses.  Look for Purina Friskies Rise & Shine in the Pet aisle. Written by Jane N. Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs BUCKS COUNTY ICED COFFEE Introducing Bucks County Iced Coffee.  Their signature cold brewed process delivers a bold flavor with a smooth mellow finish – creating the perfect balanced coffee. bucks55icedcoffeesweete Bucks County steeps their high-quality Arabica coffee beans in cold pure filtered water to create the perfect extraction.  The end result is a refreshing Iced Coffee that is perfect for any occasions! You can currently find Bucks County Iced Coffee in the Dairy case in Sweetened and Unsweetened varieties.  Just open an enjoy straight from the container – or add your favorite flavors.  It is the perfect afternoon treat or in place of your morning cup.  A perfect pick me up any time of day, so pick some up today. Delicious, new, ready to drink.  Put a bottle of all natural Bucks County Iced Coffee in your refrigerator today!  Go to their website and tell them your coffee story:  www.buckscountyicedcoffee.com T.G.I.FRIDAY’S DIPS Introducing New T.G.I.Friday’s Dips.  Each Greek Yogurt based variety is Trans Fat FREE and offered in an 11oz. container. T.G.I.Friday’s Dips are infused with favorite T.G.I.Friday’s menu item flavors.  They offer the convenience of enjoying T.G.I.Friday’s flavors at home while dipping into a healthy alternative compared to other store bought dips.  Use T.G.I.Friday’s Dips as spreads on sandwiches or in place of your favorite condiments.  Try the Ultimate Spinach Dip with 3 Cheeses heated and you will discover the best dip you’ve ever tasted! Look for T.G.I.Friday’s Dips in the Dairy case. Written by Jane N. Golub Director In Store Marketing Programs DOLE BANANA DIPPERS dole_bananadipNew Dole Banana Dippers come in two varieties – Dole Banana Dippers in  Dark Chocolate and Dole Banana Dippers in Dark Chocolate with Almonds. The goodness of bananas comes together with the rich indulgent taste of dark chocolate and almonds.  New Dole Banana Dippers are fresh frozen banana slices covered in a splash of dark chocolate or dark chocolate with a touch of almonds. Dole Banana Dippers deliver 4 grams of Dietary Fiber, 180 mg of Potassium, only 7 grams of sugar and 120 calories per serving.  Dole Banana Dippers are a convenient healthy snack for families and an elegant way to serve fruit for parties.  Simply pull from your freezer and enjoy anytime, anywhere! Dole continues to reinvent Frozen Fruit by offering consumers easier ways to incorporate fruit into one’s diet – with an  emphasis on quality.  Dole has a variety of other frozen fruits like blueberries and strawberries in cups or bags and ready-cut fruit like strawberries and bananas.  New Dole Shakers are a fun and easy way to make a fruit and yogurt Smoothie for home or on the run. Banana Dippers, Shakers and Dole Fruit can be found in the frozen fruit section of the Frozen aisle.  Dole is committed to bring healthy and delicious product to the market and is your brand for quality and innovation. GARELICK FARMS NEW TruMoo LOWFAT VANILLA MILK untitledFor a limited time only, Garelick Farms NEW TruMoo Lowfat Vanilla Milk has turned a lucky green color for St. Patrick’s Day! TruMoo Vanilla Lowfat Milk offers the same wholesome goodness of regular lowfat TruMoo with a delicious vanilla taste kids love and essential protein, calcium and Vitamins A & D kids need every day. TruMoo Vanilla Milk is made with delicious vanilla flavor, just enough sugar (no high fructose corn syrup) and a lucky green color to add some fun.  TruMoo Lowfat Green Vanilla milk, with a festive St. Patrick’s Day label, is only available in Half Gallons through March 17th.  Make St. Patrick’s Day Delicious and Nutritious! TruMoo Lowfat Chocolate Milk is available in a variety of sizes: Gallon, Half Gallon, Quart and Single Serve.  Visit www.TruMoo.com for more information. Look for Garelick Farms TruMoo Lowfat Vanilla Green Milk in the Dairy aisle.