How do you know your kids are getting the nutrients they need? After all, 1 out of 2 kids ages nine and up aren’t getting enough Calcium, Vitamin D, and Potassium.
What do health experts recommend?
Experts recommend milk as a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and milk contains 7 other essential nutrients. These nutrients are critical for kids’ growth. Not getting enough of these nutrients could lead to long-term health concerns in kids, including not reaching their full height potential, an increase in stress fractures during adolescence, and a greater risk of osteoporosis as an adult.
Milk–either white or flavored–is the top food source for calcium and vitamin D and it offers some of the highest quality protein. Non-dairy milks just do not have the same nutritional value as real cow’s milk. Find out more about the benefits of milk. See the nutritional breakdown of real cow’s milk versus alternatives here.
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Easy ways to make sure your kids get the nutrients they need
Serve milk at meal times to ensure children get the vital nutrients they need.
Add milk to a smoothie. It’s an easy way to add protein to breakfast or a snack (8g protein/8oz serving).
Swap out water for milk to add high-quality protein plus other nutrients when making oatmeal. When you make old-fashioned oatmeal with milk instead of water, you add 8 g of high-quality protein plus 8 additional nutrients.