By: Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D.
Milk has long been a mealtime staple for kids. Full of bone-building calcium and vitamin D, milk and dairy foods offer a mix of protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and potassium. Early in life most kids need the extra fat provided in whole or 2% milk for growth. But after children reach the age of 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends they be weaned from higher-fat milks (2% and whole) unless directed otherwise by your pediatrician. If your child still loves whole milk, then start by slowly stepping him down to 2% and then to 1% or fat-free milk and dairy products.
Nutrients: Protein, calcium, vitamin D, potassium
Servings: Approximately 2 to 3 cups for kids and adults