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Well folks it’s that time of year again- I hope you all had a fabulous summer and remember we do still have 1 more month let of summer season before,  its BACK TO SCHOOL! Continue reading “Back to School”

NEW Four Brothers Cookies - Family, Friends & Food with Jayne

Have you tried our NEW Four Brothers Cookies yet? They pair perfectly with Kemps milk, and speaking of milk — We are right in the middle of June and I want to acknowledge not only our local Dairy Farmers, but all Farmers in by celebrating National Dairy Month.
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Milk and Milk Alternatives: Which one is Better than the Udder?



A comparison of milk varieties to help you make a better choice for you and your nutritional needs.

Hey There! It’s great to be back on the blog!? There are many new and exciting things happening as we change seasons into the beautiful spring and summer weather. I hope you can spend more time outside being active at the lake, in your backyard, or simply going for a walk to enjoy the fresh air. It’s crazy to think that it’s already JUNE! Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? Continue reading “Milk and Milk Alternatives: Which one is Better than the Udder?”

Spreadable Dubliner Cheese

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One of my new favorite snacking cheeses is Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner. Unlike any other brand on the market, Kerrygold is made from the milk of grass-fed cows that graze on Ireland’s lush, green pastures for up to 312 days a year. The traditional practices upheld by generations of Irish dairy farmers ultimately yield a product that has a golden color and creamy flavor that is unparalleled in the category. It’s the way butter and cheese should always look and taste, the way nature intended; the new Kerrygold Dubliner Spreadable Cheese is no exception.

As one of the most beloved Kerrygold cheese varieties, Dubliner boasts the brand’s grass-fed goodness with a nutty and naturally sweet flavor that has captivated cheese-lovers everywhere. Luckily, for avid fans of the brand, the irresistible taste of Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese is now available in a spreadable option.

This creamy and delicious cheese pairs perfectly with everything from crisp vegetables and fresh fruit to crunchy baguettes and crackers, making it easier than ever to host friends for cocktails.

So when you’re debating on a perfect snacking cheese to have, don’t debate, simply pick up a container of Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese and enjoy this amazing new cheese spread! Or try a twist on a classic recipe by trying one (or ALL) of the delicious recipes below!

Creamy Dubliner Pickle Roll Ups

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Creamy Dubliner Pickle Roll Ups
Serves: 12
  • 8 Oz. Deli Ham, sliced
  • 10-16 Pickles, medium size
  • 6 Oz. Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese
  1. Pat dry ham and pickles.
  2. Spread Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese on ham slices.
  3. Place 2-3 pickles end to end on top of cheese.
  4. Roll and slice into ½ inch sections.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Artichoke Dip with Creamy Dubliner Cheese

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Artichoke Dip with Creamy Dubliner Cheese
Serves: 12
  • 14 Oz. Can Artichoke hearts, chopped and drained
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 T. Garlic, minced
  • 2 T. Oregano, chopped
  • 2 T. Onion, chopped
  • 12 Oz. Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Spoon mixture into an 8 inch baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, pita chips or flat bread.

Garlic and Herb Dubliner Cauliflower Mash

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Garlic and Herb Dubliner Cauliflower Mash
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 Large Cauliflower, trimmed into florets
  • 2-4 T. Kerrygold Garlic & Herb Butter, salted
  • 6 Oz. Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Chaeese
  • 2 T. Chives, minced
  • 2 T. Oregano, minced
  • 2 T. Basil, minced
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper
  1. Steam cauliflower florets until quite tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Transfer cauliflower to food processor.
  3. Begin processing with 2 tablespoons butter and 3 ounces Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except salt and pepper and continue processing until mixture resembles mashed potatoes; make it as smooth or lumpy as you like.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Serve while warm.

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Fighting Childhood Obesity - Coborn's teams up with the NFL and the Midwest Dairy Council to fight childhood obesity - Eat Healthy, Shop Smart with Ashley
Coborn’s Dietitian

This month, Coborn’s has teamed up with the National Dairy Council and the Vikings to support the “Fuel Up to Play 60 program!” We are very excited about the many benefits this program has to offer our state and local community!  Find more details about the program below:

“Fuel Up to Play 60 is a school wellness program brought to you by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council, and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, which encourages our youth to choose nutrient-rich foods first and get out and play at least 60 minutes each day. It has helped to make wellness part of the game plan in more than 73,000 schools across the county, including more than 12,000 schools right here in the Midwest.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is endorsed by leading health and nutrition organizations, including Action for Healthy Kids, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the School Nutrition Association. It is aligned with First Lady Michelle Obama’s platform, Let’s Move, and is complementary to other school wellness initiatives, including the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge. To learn more about how to join the Fuel Up to Play 60 movement, go to”

“Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to create and implement activities that reward them for making healthy choices, and inspire change in their school. Students participate in fun Challenges , track their own healthy eating and physical activity, work collaboratively with adults to implement and complete Plays from the Playbook and earn fun online rewards!

Dedicated adults in the school act as Program Advisors and receive educational tools and resources from Fuel Up to Play 60 to help them implement the program in their local schools.

While Fuel Up to Play 60 focuses on empowering students to make healthy changes, these students depend on the support of the community around them – YOU – to help ensure their success.

In Minnesota, together with the involvement of multiple supporting health, nutrition and education organizations, Fuel Up to Play 60 partners have pledged their support to ending childhood obesity within a generation.”

Here are other sponsors: - Minnesota Sponsors of ending childhood obesity

Read these success stories from our great state! By the way, did you know that according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual rankings, for the THIRD year in a row, the Minneapolis-State Paul metro area, is THE FITTEST in all of America!?

Minnesota Success Stories - Schools fighting childhood obesitySunnyside Elementary – New Brighton, MN

It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, the old saying goes, but how you play the game. Still, the taste of victory can be pretty sweet. As the students at Sunnyside Elementary School recently discovered, healthy competition can serve as a great motivator, especially when boys are pitted against girls. - Schools fighting childhood obesityJohn Metcalf Junior High School – Burnsville, MN

Three days a week, students at John Metcalf Junior High School in Burnsville, Minnesota have the option of purchasing a heart healthy sandwich or salad for lunch, thanks to the new portable food cart at their school’s cafeteria. - Schools fighting childhood obesityElm Creek Elementary School – Maple Grove, MN

Elm Creek Elementary School’s Wellness Team embraced several Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives in their first year of participation in the program, and the fruits of their efforts are now proudly displayed on the wall of their school’s cafeteria as a daily reminder of the importance of eating healthy, getting active and making a difference.

Talk about an inspiring program! It is so rejuvenating to hear about how organizations and communities are joining forces and working together to impact childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating habits and lifestyles. Did you know that children that are five years old and younger right now, are the first generation of children EVER to have a shorter lifespan than their parents as a consequence of chronic disease related to diet and lifestyle habits?  Being a dietitian and reading health statistics day after day, it is that one that really makes me stop and it really brings me to a different reality.  If that statistic alone doesn’t make you realize the health crisis we are in, I don’t know what will…. NOW let’s take that horrific statistic and allow it to energize us and motivate us to make a difference! Be a part of this wonderful event! I don’t know how you could show that you care more about the future than by investing it in the health of our children of today, after all, they will be the faces of tomorrow.  Let’s do our part to ensure they do indeed have a future!

Here are the weight statistics from our state according to the CDC.

“Minnesota does not participate in the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Instead, the state conducts its own Minnesota Student Survey. According to the latest Survey conducted in 2007:
Overweight (85th to less than the 95th percentile BMI for age and sex) “ source

  • 15% of 9th grade boys
  • 12% of 9th grade girls
  • 13% of 12th grade boys
  • 12% of 12th grade girls

Obese (95th and above percentile BMI for age and sex) source

  • 12% of 9th grade boys
  • 6% of 9th grade girls
  • 13% of 12th grade boys

Childhood overweight and obesity…

Among Minnesota’s children aged 2 years to less than 5 years source

  • 16.4% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 12.7% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age) - Coborn's is helping to fight childhood obesityIt is great to see the dairy council playing such a large role in this with the MN Vikings because as a dietitian I recommend low fat dairy products all the time.  They have decreased amounts of saturated fats, the “bad” fats, are low in sugar (as long as you don’t get flavored milks and yogurts) and most of them provide a “good” or even “excellent” source of calcium and Vitamin D.  These two nutrients tend to be lacking in the average American diet and they are especially important for proper growth and development in growing kids’ bones and teeth. Besides that, most dairy products provide a good source of protein. This is important in building lean body mass and keeping our children fuller for longer, reducing their urge to eat unnecessary calories throughout the day.

Finally, many kids look up to sports figures as a role model and whatever they do, has to be cool, so by them partnering with the diary council, now that HAS to be cool!

Eating nutrient dense foods and being active is a great start to a healthier way of living! Encourage your children to consume low fat and low sugar dairy products on a daily basis, as well as involving them in daily physical activity, whether it be a family bike ride or swimming at the beach! Being active doesn’t just mean running on a treadmill!

If you have any further questions or would like to set up a healthier lifestyle plan for you and your family, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me; I would be happy to play a part in increasing your family’s longevity

Peace and Wellness,
Coborn’s Registered Dietitian


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