June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate the original bovine beverage (and its many dairy descendants) – and to remind ourselves of milk's oh-so-many nutritional and health benefits. This month, The National Dairy Council and Cabot Creamery Cooperative – the 91-year-old, Vermont-based makers of the award-winning "world's best cheddar" – are stressing the message that consuming three daily servings of milk, cheese or yogurt are essential in building stronger bones and healthier bodies.

"This is a very easy month for me to celebrate," said Regan Jones, Registered Dietitian and Cabot's National Nutrition Communications Manager. "Cheese, yogurt and milk are three of my favorite foods and are great additions to almost any recipe. Even better, all three come in lighter varieties, like Cabot's 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar, so even if you're working on your beach body, there's no excuse for skipping healthy dairy products. In fact," Jones added, "dairy products provide nine essential nutrients, like calcium, vitamin D, protein, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and potassium. That's why the National Dairy Council and Cabot recommend we eat three servings of dairy every day."

For more information on the health benefits of Cabot's products, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop/pages/your_health.

Luckily, Cabot makes it easy to enjoy dairy in fun and creative ways, with hundreds of recipes and pairings that can be found on our website. Everything from "Healthy Living" recipes to "Holiday Favorites" to "Family Meals Under $10" can be accessed online at www.cabotcheese.coop/recipes. Plus, Cabot's recipe page is offering new features, including a free monthly "Cooking with Cabot" eNewsletter, where subscribers receive a new batch of recipes each month; a 5 Day Menu Planner, that will keep the whole family eating healthy; and a Recipe Makeover section, where Cabot "lightens" classic recipes.

To demonstrate how easy (and exciting) it is to eat 3-Every-Day™, Cabot is featuring a healthy menu that's chock full of an entire day's worth of dairy. Start your morning off with our Cabot Cheddar Jalapeno Huevos Rancheros. For lunch, try a Sweet Potato, Pineapple and Cabot Cheddar Salad.