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National Nutrition Month Featured Blogger: Rachel Begun, MS, RD

National Nutrition Month is in full swing and we’re celebrating all month long! We’ve got a few fabulous Registered Dietitians (RD) lined up to help us spread the nothing but good word about living a healthy lifestyle. Today, our featured blogger, Rachel Begun, MS, RD shares her favorite ways to enjoy Chobani and provides tips on how folks with lactose intolerance can still enjoy delicious dairy products (and reap all the health benefits!). Speaking of delicious dairy, head on over to Rachel’s blog for your chance to win a case of our 3 new CHO flavors!

It’s National Nutrition Month and one of this year’s key messages from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is eating more low-fat dairy products.

But what if dairy products are hard for you to digest?  How can you enjoy them and the health benefits they provide? Many people with lactose intolerance can only tolerate certain dairy products and in smaller portions, as they don’t have the enzyme that breaks down the milk sugar lactose.  Others have temporary lactose intolerance, like those with celiac disease, because the intestinal site where the lactase enzyme resides is damaged.

To continuing enjoying milk products and reaping the bone-building and heart-health benefits they provide, focus on the products that are easier to tolerate. Many who don’t do well with liquid milk and soft cheeses have no problem with hard cheeses and cultured dairy products, such as yogurt, buttermilk and kefir.  Everyone is different in their tolerance levels, so it will take some trial and error to know how much you can tolerate over the course of a day or week.

I particularly like Greek yogurt for its robust protein and calcium content, active cultures, culinary versatility and ease of preparation.  Greek yogurt is fantastic in baked goods and savory recipes, and can be enjoyed fresh in countless ways.

Back in January, I asked a bunch of my registered dietitian colleagues to provide their favorite ideas for healthful ways to serve up fresh Greek yogurt. Here are just some of the many ideas that came in. I recommend mixing up the following with a serving of Chobani’s 0% Plain or 0% Vanilla yogurt.

  • Natural nut butter, sliced bananas and shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Chopped apples, raisins, walnuts and ground cinnamon
  • Raw cocoa powder, shredded unsweetened coconut and honey
  • Natural apple sauce with diced apples and ground cinnamon
  • Walnuts and honey
  • Honey and truffle shavings
  • Pear slices and pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries with honey and cinnamon
  • Pumpkin puree, chopped Medjool dates and ground cinnamon


o% Plain Chobani with chopped apples, raisins, walnuts and ground cinnamon

0% Plain Chobani with raw cocoa powder, shredded unsweetened coconut and honey

Don’t forget to stop by Rachel’s blog to enter to win a case of our newest CHO flavors!

Rachel is no stranger to the topic of food allergies. As a registered dietitian living with celiac disease, she specializes in gluten-free/allergy-free counseling and consulting. An accomplished food and nutrition communications specialist, she provides her services to the food industry and health organizations, as well as educates the public via speaking opportunities, webinars and writing for publications, including her own blog, The Gluten Free RD.