Admit it: you’ve known for as long as you can remember that milk is good for you. So how come we stop drinking it? The new guidelines say that one should choose low- or non-fat milk or yogurt at each meal. Skim and 1 percent milk are recommended for children 2 years and older; they contain the same nutrients as 2 percent and whole milk. And if you’re not a fan of milk: try enriched soy products, low-fat cottage cheese, tofu or yogurt.
Tips to include calcium-rich milk or yogurt in your diet:
- Serve low-fat or non-fat milk to drink at each meal for children.
- Keep milk ice cold. Kids are more likely to drink it.
- Use nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt as dip for fruit.
- Make your own smoothies by blending your favorite frozen fruit with yogurt and nonfat milk.
- Layer fruit and yogurt in a tall glass to make your own parfait. Top with a sprinkle of whole grain cereal.