Saturday marked the beginning of National Dairy Month. The month that Wisconsin celebrates dairy products like milk, cheese, ice cream and butter, and the rest of the country continues to believe milk is why Americans are fat, unhealthy, frail and cranky.
The awesomest thing about dairy is that virtually all of it is gluten-free. I can have ice cream any time I want (as long as it isn’t cookie dough flavor or oreo cookie some such), and all the cheese milk and chocolate milk that I want. Ice cream and chocolate milk being superfoods, of course, rich in essential nutrients like calcium and with a perfect balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate. 😀 Makes an awesome energy drink that replaces calcium lost in sweat. 😀 And it is cold. 😀
Dairy is also comparatively cheap. Just check out the price on a gallon of milk ($3.09), a pound of cheese (depends on the type of cheese, anywhere from $3 on sale to . . . . $15 or more for the gourmet stuff) or a quart of ice cream ($2.99 on sale, regularly $5.49). Compare to pre-prepared food. Touche. 😀
And the grand total on my On The Cheap Gluten-free grocery month? $104.11. That’s with a stock up 2 month bulk supply of my every day tea that I barely started around the 29th. Without the tea it was $84.04. Again, this was a lot of eating what I had, emptying out the fridge and the cabinets (although I still have food and have not yet made a June trip to the grocery store), and buying the cheapest option, while–by my own standards–maintaining nutrition balance, and staying gluten free. I did eat out a fair number of times, probably about four times a week, either gratis or at restaurants, and that is not included. I also excluded items that were bought specifically for contribution to group events.
Well, I’m off to have my nightly dish of ice cream and smash in some gluten-free cookies. Enjoy National Dairy Month. 🙂