As your child grows, their intake of milk, cheese, yogurt and/or alternatives needs to grow too.
Here are some tips to help your child meet their recommendations:
Swap junk foods such as hot chips, cakes and muffins, potato crisps, sweet biscuits, ice-cream, pies and chocolate for foods such as fruit, vegetables and dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt.
- Swap soft drinks, fruit juice and sweetened fruit drinks for milk, smoothies or flavoured milk.
- Keep the fridge stocked with fresh milk, cheese and yogurt and pack a dairy snack in your child’s lunchbox. For lunchbox recipe ideas, visit The Dairy Kitchen.
- Include cheese in sandwiches.
- Start the day with dairy and enjoy a wholegrain cereal-based breakfast with plenty of milk with your child. If you’re running late, grab a breakfast drink.
- Cheese and yogurt are great as snacks. Visit The Dairy Kitchen for more child-friendly snack ideas.
Find out more about kids’ health and dairy foods in our Food and fitness for children fact sheet.