Build a Healthy Plate with Lowfat Milk

Whether you start your day with milk and cereal, enjoy a refreshing glass of cold milk at meals or grab a smoothie or latte, lowfat milk is part of healthy diet at breakfast and beyond. Check out these simple and delicious recipes to incorporate daily.

Did you know?

  • Milk’s unique nutrient package is unlike any of the other MyPlate food groups.
  • Milk is the leading food source of three out of the four “nutrients of concern” outlined in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines –calcium, vitamin D and potassium1.  So getting the daily recommended servings of lowfat or fat free milk can be an important part of closing the nutrient gap.
  • Milk also contains high-quality protein, contributing more in one 8-ounce serving than you’ll find in an egg. In fact, the dairy food group contributes 18 percent of the protein to the American diet2.
  • Lowfat flavored milk “counts” too. It’s a nutrient-rich beverage that provides the same nine essential nutrients as white milk, with calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin.
  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010. http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/dietary_guidelines_for_americans/PolicyDoc.pdf
  2. Dairy Research Institute, NHANES (2003-2006). Ages 2+ years. Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [2003-2004; 2005-2006]. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm