Why Is Dairy Food Group Important
Making sure to eat your dairy products will help you grow big, strong muscles and bones. Abundant in Vitamin D and Calcium, dairy can come from a variety of sources, such as milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream. Remember to choose low-fat or non-fat versions of your favorite type of dairy to cut down on calories, sugar, and fat. If you are lactose intolerant, non-dairy products, almond, rice, or soy milk are still rich in calcium, Vitamin D, & minerals.
Teaching Kids About Dairy
How do we teach children to not only know that Milk and Milk products are important sources for protein, calcium and Vitamin D BUT also recognize the what products are PART of the Milk group? Here are some ideas from a Mealtime Memo from the CARE Connection.
Cheese Tasting Party
Children like cheese. Cheese on the child care menu is a good way to get more calcium into children’s diets. In this activity, children will taste different kinds of cheese. They will identify the similarities and differences between the cheeses.
In this activity, children will help make fruit smoothies for tasting. Smoothies are milk –based drinks that can also include fruits. Smoothies are a tasty way to get children to eat more milk foods and fruits. Increase the recipe if used as a part of the CACFP snack.
A New Recipe! Broccoli Cheese Soup H-05
Serve this tasty Broccoli Cheese Soup at lunch, supper, or snack. Tell the children that it contains milk and cheese. Tell the children that melted cheddar cheese gives the soup a yellow color.