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It’s almost time for ghosts and goblins to start roaming the streets, and I can hardly wait!  This is one of my favorite times of the year, and what better way to make sure your ghosts and goblins are ready for the big day than to give them nutritious and delicious chocolate milk!  After all, it is the Official Drink of Halloween.

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Chocolate milk, you ask?  Why?  For one thing, it tastes great, and kids like it.  It also contains the same nine essential nutrients as white milk that kids need.  Calcium, potassium, phosphorous, protein, vitamins A, D, and B12, riboflavin, and niacin all help build and repair muscles, strengthen bones, and keep your taste buds happy!  Did you know that kids who drink flavored milk meet more of their nutrient needs?  Flavored milk is a positive swap for soft drinks, which are the main source of added sugars in kids’ diets. (See:Milk A nutrient Powerhouse)

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Now we don’t need to limit chocolate milk to the trick-or-treat crowd.   Studies show that chocolate milk helps our adult bodies refuel and build muscles after physical exercise. It’s “nature’s protein drink” since it contains a perfect ratio of protein and carbohydrates for replenishing tired muscles.  And we all need three servings of dairy each day according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Why not make at least one of them yummy chocolate milk?

So if there’s any trick this Halloween, it’s the nutrition in disguise of chocolate milk.  Treat your bones to a tasty treat!

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Angel Chicken

by Liz Kelsay on September 30, 2014

Hey there! It’s Liz from Two Maids a Milking! I have the perfect fall recipe for you today!

It’s that time of year again! Time to visit apple orchards and pumpkin patches and time to drag that slow cooker out of the back of the cabinet and start putting it to good use!

Move over slow cooker BBQ chicken, this Angel Chicken will be your new favorite crockpot chicken got-to recipe!

Slow Cooker Angel Chicken

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This dish is bound to become a family favorite and the best part, the crock pot does all the cooking for you!

I love recipes that you can tweak for your families preference and this one is one of those.

We aren’t big mushrooms fans but if you were you could add a can of mushrooms.

You can serve this dish over rice, noodles or could make an open faced sandwich and serve it on bread. I used whole wheat paste because it is my favorite, I love the nutty flavor and texture whole wheat pasta adds but my husband isn’t a fan, go figure!

I made this on a day I was headed to the office so I used frozen chicken to extend the hours for cooking.

Put this on your list of things to make this week! You won’t regret it and just think of everything you can get done while the chicken is cooking!

Angel Chicken

Angel Chicken


  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chive and onion cream cheese, softened
  • 10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 oz pkg Italian dressing mix
  • pasta, rice


  1. In a medium bowl mix together all ingredients except chicken, and mix until blended.
  2. Place chicken in the crockpot and pour mixture over the top.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Serve over rice or noodles.
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Fuel Up to Play 60 Fall Festival Recap

by Mary on September 29, 2014

The evening of September 23 was full of food, fun, and festivities at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.  This is an annual event to bring folks– Program Advisors, administrators, program supporters, and students – involved with Fuel Up to Play 60 together.

In the Pavilion, guests were able to sample smoothies and yogurt parfaits, complements of General Mills.  The Colt’s chef, Dewitt Jackson, made omelets a la Pat McAfee for everyone to try.

Pavilion Guests

On the practice field, Phil Andrews and his crew from the Colts led all sorts of fun drills, from Quarterback Throw to Dress Like a Player.  The Colts in Motion mobile museum was on hand as well.  Along the sidelines, several stations provided a variety of activities and information.  Thank you IN Department of Education, Power Panther, Memorial HealthWorks Kids’ Museum, Program Advisors Cassie Brooks and Kathy Rebber, and our very own Buttercup!  Buttercup and Videographer

Oh yea, there was one other thing happening on the practice field – Colts Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador, Pat McAfee, was in the house!  Pat was a busy guy, conducting a number of interviews, signing autographs, taking selfies with guests, and relaying the importance of eating healthy foods and being active every day.  Fun and excitement hardly describes what Pat brings to Fuel Up to Play 60.

Pat and Dave Furst

Back in the Pavilion, Latrice Sales, Associate Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute, gave the keynote address, providing information relating physical activity to improved academic success for our students.  Third generation dairy farmer, Sarah Wagler, told us about her dairy farm in Brown County and the support Indiana’s dairy farmers provide to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Our student panel answered questions put to them by emcee, Greg Browning.  Nicely done, and thanks to DeShawn Robinson from Winding Ridge Elementary, Rylie Seavers from East Central High School, and Abby Evans from Brownsburg High School.

Greg and Student Panel

As guests left the event, milk (thank you, Prairie Farms!) and cookies (are you really surprised?) awaited everyone for their journeys home. A good time was had by all!


Ask a Stupid Question Day

by Jackie on September 26, 2014

Today is “Ask a Stupid Question Day”. This day was originally designed to encourage school children to ask more questions and NOT be afraid of asking a “stupid” question.

Since there is no such thing as a stupid question, here are a few questions we get about dairy:

1. Do brown cows make chocolate milk?


You laugh, but this is a thing. No, all cows make white milk. I’ve even heard of someone being asked, in all seriousness, which of his cows gave soda pop.  Regardless of the color of the cow, she will give white milk. The chocolate (or any other flavoring) is added at the bottling facility. Milk that will be flavored is the exact same milk that will be sold as white milk. And–the super good news–is that since flavored milk has all the same nutrients as regular milk, it’s a tasty drink we can all feel good about.

2. Do the boy cows give milk?

Only female cattle (or any female mammal, for that matter) give milk. The males don’t. A “cow” actually means a female–males are called bulls or steers. A cow only gives milk once she has given birth to a baby calf.

3. Why is the cow so skinny?


Here’s a big one–dairy cows do tend to look “skinny” to a casual observer. A healthy dairy cow will have visible hip bones–that’s just the way dairy cows are built. You can see a person’s knees or elbows (and often hipbones as well!) but being able to see those bones doesn’t automatically mean the person is emaciated. Dairy cows are putting all the excess food energy into making milk–not into making fat on their bodies. Beef cattle put their excess food energy into making muscle and fat, so they will definitely look more, well, beefy.

4. The ones with horns are boys, right?

Nope. Many breeds of cattle, male and female, are born with horns. Horns are very dangerous to other cows in the herd (cows can injury each other very badly with their horns) and also extremely dangerous to the humans who are caring for those cows. Dairy farmers usually remove horn buds before the horns even develop on a young calf to minimize the stress on the animal and to make life a little bit safer for other cows and people.

Do you have a question about dairy farming? Always ask a farmer–they’re the experts! If you have a burning question, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.


Top 10 Reasons We Love Fall

by Jackie on September 24, 2014

Fall is officially here, believe it or not! Fall is my favorite season–it has the best of both worlds and is beautiful to boot. Here are my top ten reasons to love fall.

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1. Perfect weather for hiking and other outdoor exercise

I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to heat, so when fall rolls around, I’m excited to get outside and hike, run and take walks. Fall is a great time of year to make sure your kids are getting their 60 minutes of active play every day. Taking a family walk is a great way to enjoy each other’s company and get some exercise!

2. Comfort food is back!

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Summertime may be too hot to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup, but it’s the perfect fall lunch. It’s also the beginning of hot chocolate season–which is tasty and nutritious when made with milk!

3. Bust out the fall clothes.

My fall wardrobe is a little more extensive than my summer one, so I’m excited to get back into my sweaters, leggings, boots, and (shhh–don’t tell) hooded sweatshirts.  I’m a big jeans and hoodie kind of a person (on weekends, anyway) so I’m excited for this to become (somewhat) socially acceptable again.

4. Leaves!

The best thing about fall, in addition to cooler weather that makes hiking more enjoyable, are the beautiful views of colorful leaves. Fall is a great time to head to a state park and check out the amazing colors.

5. Halloween.

I’m a big fan of Halloween. If you didn’t know, chocolate milk is the official drink of Halloween because it is nutrition in disguise! Chocolate milk can help satisfy your sweet tooth (or convince picky eaters) while still getting all the nutrients found in milk to build bones and muscles.

6. Football is back!


We love watching football (pass the cheesy tailgate food, please!) and are proud to partner with the Indianapolis Colts to help teach kids about the importance of eating well and exercising through Fuel Up to Play 60.

7. School is in full swing.

School is a wonderful place for kids to learn, but you may be surprised to know it is also one of the few places for some kids to eat. Food served at school may be the only food some kids eat. School lunch, and increasingly school breakfast, are incredibly important for some kids. Dairy farmers are proud to provide grants and resources to help schools more easily serve school breakfast to underprivileged children.

8. Farm open houses

This is a great time of year to go visit a dairy farm! Check out Kelsay Farms, Kuehnert Dairy Farm and Knollbrook Farm to find out more about these tourist-friendly dairy farms packed with fall activities!

9. Cookouts

The fall is a great time to do a family cookout or bonfire. It’s not as hot, and the mosquitoes aren’t as bad as in the high summer, so take advantage of that to throw some cheeseburgers on the grill and have a nice gathering!

10. Cool mornings

I love starting a fall morning with a cup of coffee or a latte while sitting outside and just enjoying the crisp air. Grab your coffee cup–don’t forget the cream–and have a relaxing start to your day.


Looking Forward to Fall– A Few Favorite Recipes

by Brooke on September 22, 2014

By Brooke  Sacksteder, Dietetic Intern from Purdue University

My name is Brooke Sacksteder, and I am a Dietetic Intern from Purdue University. I am lucky enough to spend 3 wonderful weeks at the American Dairy Association Indiana, Inc. for part of my internship. I chose to pursue dietetics as my career after watching my father’s nutrition change while he battled cancer. Along with this experience, I also lost 40 pounds after my freshman year of college through choosing a healthy lifestyle.

I want to be able to share my experiences with lifestyle changes with my future clients and help oncology patients still receive adequate nutrition while battling the disease. I hail from Muncie, IN originally and love country music, bowfishing, hunting, and living life to the fullest.

With September halfway over, the fall season is quickly approaching; which means lots of great flavors and food coming our way to help us survive the cold winters in Indiana. I don’t know about you but fall is my favorite season because of all the flavors, colors, football and, of course, holidays.

So I thought what better way to share my love for the season by sharing with you some of my favorite fall recipes that are very delectable but healthy at the same time.

-Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread-**



**I just folded the chocolate chips in once the wet and dry ingredients were mixed together.

Hopefully, you enjoy this Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread as much as I did!


Here are a few more favorite fall recipes to try:

-Chili Recipe-

-Apple Oatmeal Cookie Recipe-

-Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe-




It’s National Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19, 2014

Ahoy friends! Do you know what today is? It’s National Talk like a Pirate Day! Since I’m a pirate, I get to talk like this every day, but with Halloween right around the corner, I’ll give you the chance to walk the plank with me. First, let me teach you some basics of talking like a […]

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Cherry-Chocolate Chip Cobbler

September 18, 2014

Cris here from Recipes that Crock and GOODEness Gracious. I have a confession to make. My family is obsessed… obsessed I tell you. Cobbler. Cherry Mini Cobblers. Easy Peach Cobblers. Pumpkin Skillet Cobblers. See… I told you we were obsessed! We keep thinking up yummy combinations and trying them out. Which brings us to today’s […]

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Oats & Dairy Series: Oatmeal Crème Brulee

September 16, 2014

Today’s blog post is the second of the Oats & Dairy Series. Powerful partners, oats and dairy help fill food and nutrient gaps, may provide important health benefits, and are a simple and delicious option – for breakfast and beyond. The National Dairy Council and Quaker partnered to develop unique Oats and Dairy recipes which […]

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Sideline Success Series

September 15, 2014

The following article originally appeared in the Crawfordsville Journal Review on September 6, 2014. Nicholson Elementary School students pregamed Friday for the Indianapolis Colts’ season opener with a Fuel Up to Play 60 tailgate party. Students ate a picnic lunch consisting of cold cuts, cucumbers, watermelon, baked chips and milk, on school grounds. Teachers provided […]

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