Milk is an excellent source of protein, especially for your child’s growing body. Many parents struggle to cover the major food groups in every meal. Adding milk to each meal is a great way to add essential nutrients and extra protein to your child’s diet. Read more about the importance of protein and how to meet your kid’s protein needs through dairy.

The importance of protein

Kids growing bodies need protein-rich foods to develop properly. Protein builds lean muscle by supplying your body with the amino acids it requires to build strong muscles. It’s also essential in maintaining bone health. Paired with bone-building nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, protein also helps to build healthy bones.

Milk and milk products provide high-quality protein and other essential nutrients like calcium, potassium and vitamin D. The nutrients, including fiber, are four nutrients many Americans – and kids – don’t get enough of in their diets. A lack of these nutrients can cause serious health concerns.

Using milk to balance your kid’s meals

Adding a glass of milk is a great way to balance the nutrition in your children’s meals. By pairing their meal with an 8-ounce glass of milk, you can help them reach their daily value for protein, calcium and vitamin D. It’s recommended that ages 2 to 3 receive 2 servings daily, ages 4 to 8 receive 2 ½ servings daily and ages 9 and up receive 3 servings daily.

Flavored milk is a nutritious option for kids as well. Chocolate or other flavored milk contains as much protein and counts as a serving of dairy. Flavored milk provides the same 9 essential nutrients in each serving. Those nutrients include: riboflavin, B-12, niacin, potassium, calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, and vitamin A.

Incorporating milk into breakfast

It’s easy to add extra servings of dairy to your child’s favorite breakfast foods. Use milk in baked items such as muffins and pastries. You can also serve milk with cereal, oatmeal or simply in a glass alongside eggs and toast.

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