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New Study: California Dairy Industry Responsible For More Than 443,000 Jobs - Three Percent of State's Job Production

California’s Largest Agriculture Commodity Feeds Billions into Economy, Stimulates Positive Ripple Effect Throughout Local Communities

Milk And Yogurt Dairy Products Listed Among Top Five Functional Foods By New York Nutritionists

California Leads the Nation in Total Milk and Yogurt Production

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – May 1, 2009 – The New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) recently announced a list of whole foods that they consider to be the most “functional” in a standard diet. Two dairy products – milk and yogurt – were featured in the top five.

Roasted Red Pepper Yogurt Dip

  • 1 (12 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 2 (8 oz.) containers low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Puree red peppers in food processor or blender; drain again. Add remaining ingredients; mix until blended and refrigerate. Serve with assorted cut vegetables or pita wedges.

Cilantro Lime Yogurt Dip

  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. thinly sliced green onion tops
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 tsp. lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  1. Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour for flavors to blend.

Mediterranean Yogurt Dip

Mediterranean Yogurt Dip
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped oil packed sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour for flavors to blend.

Serve with sliced raw vegetables, crackers and/or bread cubes.

California Yogurt Cup

California Yogurt Cup

Makes 1 Serving

  • 3/4 cup nonfat yogurt (plain, vanilla or favorite flavor)
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh fruit (berries, banana, melon or apple)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons no-sugar preserves
  • 1/4 cup low-fat granola


A Definition

Yogurt is a cultured milk product that is often flavored with fruit or sweeteners. It is an excellent source of calcium, potassium and riboflavin, and has grown in popularity as a healthy food option.

Start Your Day With A California Yogurt Cup

(December 6, 2005) Many reach for yogurt for breakfast because it's convenient, tasty and healthy. This preparation also shows off its versatility. California Yogurt Cup makes a quick and delicious breakfast you can feel good about - high in calcium, protein, potassium and flavor. And you can adapt it to use your favorite fruit so you can enjoy a new variation every morning.

New Year's Resolution: Go Skinny Dipping!

Delicious Yogurt Substitutions Pack in the Nutrients without Packing on the Pounds

(December 1, 2004) Yogurt has found a permanent place as the healthy breakfast and snack time staple. But there are many uses for this versatile and tangy dairy darling as an ingredient, especially when trying to reduce the fat and caloric content of many dips, dressings and baked goods. In fact, it's easy to substitute yogurt for ingredients like mayonnaise and vegetable oil and still maintain a delicious flavor profile.

Yogurt has a long list of nutritional benefits too:

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