Start Fresh: Shopping for Dairy


Dairy has gotten a bad rap. Not only is dairy an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and protein, it lends complexity and savory notes to countless dishes in the anti-inflammatory kitchen and is an important part of the Start Fresh 28 Day Diet.

As a general rule, choose organic, low-fat dairy products, unless you are buying dairy products from grass-fed animals. The fat profile of dairy products from grass-fed animals is healthier and contains more Omega 3’s than its grain-fed counter parts.

Recommended Dairy Products:

  • Milk
  • Butter (to be used in moderation)
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese (especially recommended are: Cottage & Farmer’s Cheese, Ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano;  sheep and goat’s milk cheeses such as Feta, Pecorino Romano)
  • Kefir
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs (look for organic, from free-range chickens)

How do you include Dairy into your diet?

6 thoughts on “Start Fresh: Shopping for Dairy

  1. I am not much of a milk drinker, but I love yogurt and buttermilk. I eat yogurt with a little bran and fruit for breakfast or sometimes have a little cup in the evening with fruit and honey for a sweet treat. Buttermilk does not last because I have a swig throughout the day till it’s gone… I love it ice cold straight out of the refrigerator.
    I eat very little cheese due to the high fat, but when I do, then it’s the real thing. My favorite is Swiss and Camembert. I’m not much of a meat eater, but I do usually keep some boiled eggs on hand for simple meals or to slice on top of a salad.

  2. I love parmesan or feta in my scrambled eggs in the am. I have to have Greek yogurt w/ berries & Kifer for desert every night or I feel like I’ve been cheated. I usually eat my salads
    w/ shaved parmesan cheese,creamy goat cheese or feta on it.

  3. I just bought “The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet” with the goal of losing weight and lessening inflammation in my body. I love ranch dressing and I’m looking for a good recipe including low-fat yogurt but the best ones include buttermilk. Would that be suitable in small doses? And is buttermilk one of those dairy products naturally low in fat, or one that includes lots of scary ingredients to make it low-fat and still resemble buttermilk?


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