Dairy Foods

milk-cheese-yogurtLow-fat and free-free milk, cheese and yogurt deliver a unique combination of nine essential nutrients that are great tasting, affordable and convenient!

Based on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the recommended amounts of dairy in the Healthy U.S.-Style Pattern are based on calorie level which can vary by age and activity level. In general, the recommendations are:

  • Ages 9 years and older: 3 cups (3– 8 ounce servings)
  • Ages 4-8 years: 2.5 cups (2.5 – 8 ounces)
  • Ages 2-3 years: 2 cups (2– 8 ounce servings)

What Counts as a Serving?*

Milk 1 cup (8 fluid ounces)
Yogurt 1 cup yogurt (8 fluid ounces)
Cheese 1 ½ ounces hard cheese (Cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, Parmesan), 1/3 cup shredded cheese, 2 ounces processed cheese (American), ½ cup ricotta cheese,
2 cups cottage cheese

*According to ChooseMyPlate.gov

Having a hard time eyeballing serving sizes? National Dairy Council now has a dairy foods portion guide that you can download and print for use in the kitchen.