Welcome to our “For Moms” section!
Here, we have nutrition advice and information for your family to ensure they are eating healthy and getting the correct amount of dairy and protein into their diets.
How many servings of dairy does my family need?
Milk, cheese and yogurt provide a powerful package of nine essential nutrients to help build children’s strong bones and healthy bodies. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends two servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods daily for children ages 2 to 3 years old, and 2 to 2.5 servings for children ages 4 to 8 years old, For the rest of the family, (ages nine and up), the daily recommendation stays at three servings.
For more nutrition information, check out our Nutrition section.
Are my children getting enough protein?
- A good rule of thumb for growing kids is to get about ½ gram of protein per pound of body weight. This is for girls ages 1 to 14 years old, and boys ages 1 to 18.
- Girls ages 15 and over, as well as boys ages 18 and over, need about 1/3 gram of protein per pound of body weight—the same as adults.
Tips for getting more protein on the go for you and your family.
Including dairy in your in-between meal snacks can be a great way to help you achieve a higher protein diet.
Try these tips for snacking on the go with dairy:
- Yogurt containers are perfectly sized to stash in a backpack or tote bag on the way out the door. You can put the yogurt in the fridge at school or child care facility for later.
- Choose milk as a snack choice because of its versatility, nutrition and convenience. Plus, a serving of milk, whether flavored or not, has as much protein as a handful of nuts.
- Portion out chunks of cheese, as they will be ready to eat any time and anywhere.
Protein Toolkit – Kids