Dairy Food Group

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.  

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
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.

Books About Milk


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