By Kaila Stencil — Guest Correspondent
Let’s talk about milk. Considering that Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland it only seems fitting. Milk is loaded with vitamins, minerals and protein and 9 key nutrients which is important for everyone, especially children. Let’s tackle some of the most common questions about milk.
Q. How much milk does my family need each day?
A: The amount of milk we need each day depends on age. Younger kids need 2 cups, while older kids and adults need 3 cups. Here are daily recommendations by age:
Age Daily Amount Recommended
Children ages 2‐3 2 cups
Children ages 4‐8 2 ½ cups
Kids ages 9‐18 3 cups
Adults 3 cups
Q: Does fat free and low fat (1%) milk deliver the same good nutrition as whole milk?
A: Yes. Fat‐free and low‐fat (1%) milk contain the same vitamins and minerals, like calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin D and others needed to keep the body growing strong and healthy.
Q. How can I help my family get the milk they need each day?
A: Try to make milk a part of the meals and snacks kids have at home. A cold glass of milk goes great with dinner or after school snack.
Offer foods made from milk – like low‐fat or fat‐free yogurt – as snacks and desserts. Eight ounces of yogurt is about the same as a cup of milk.
You can also try small amounts of low‐fat cheese as snacks. About 1½ ‐ 2 ounces of most types of hard cheese is about the same as a cup of milk.
What will you do this week to get enough milk in your diet?
Kaila Stencil, Food WIse Nutrition Educator Kewaunee County
810 Lincoln Street
Kewaunee WI 54216