How to get your kids to drink
more milk.

Most kids and teens don’t get enough protein, calcium or Vitamin D. The good news is that milk is a great source for all these nutrients. Did you know that children ages 4–8 need 19 grams of protein a day and those 9–13 years old need 34 grams?
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Kids Drinking milk Tips

  • We've compiled a hot chocolate idea for every day of the month! Try flavors like marshmallow, toasted coconut, peppermint or peanut butter. Yum!
  • Check out our children drinking milk tips for packing healthy lunch boxes.
  • Once a child turns two, you can introduce one percent or skim milk to cut back on fat. Kids ages two through eight need two cups a day, and those ages nine through 18 need three cups a day to fuel their fast-growing bones.  
  • As a treat, try the flavored milks — like chocolate, strawberry or vanilla.
  • Mix flavored milk with white milk for a mildly sweet treat.
  • Add milk to fruit yogurt to make a drinkable yogurt.
  • Heat up chocolate flavored milks to make hot chocolate, rather than the packets that require hot water.
  • Blend fresh fruit and milk to make healthy smoothies.
  • Mix milk and orange juice and freeze in pop molds for a tasty cool treat.
  • Make oatmeal with milk instead of water.
  • Opt for cereal with milk for breakfast. Let kids use a straw to drink up the milk in the bowl after the cereal is gone.
  • Put it in their lunchbox. If it's there, they will be more likely to drink it.
  • Milk is a delicious base instead of water in some soups, too. Tomato and most of the creamy varieties taste great made with milk.
  • Be a role model. Kids will be more likely to want milk if they see you drinking it.
  • Stock the refrigerator (and pantry) with flavored and white milk in single serving cartons for a healthy snack on the go.
  • If possible, get kids started on milk as soon as you get off of formula or breast milk. They'll get habituated into drinking milk, and soon it'll be one of their favorite drinks.
  • Hear from moms who have discovered shelf safe milk as an easy way to ensure their kids have a nutritious beverage anytime, anywhere.

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