Shopping for Dairy

Simple Tips

Try to eliminate whole milk from your diet, since fat-free or low-fat milk provides the same nutritional benefits with a fraction of the calories from fat.

Infants are the exception to this tip:

  • Children under 1 year old should not drink cow milk or soy milk. Breast is best, or formula.
  • Children ages 1 to 2 can drink whole cow’s milk.
  • Children older than 2 should drink low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) milk like the rest of the family. For kids who are not familiar with low-fat milk, mix it in gradually.
  • Dry milk powder plus water make a low-cost substitute for recipes.
  • Freeze cheese that starts going bad. Defrosted cheese tastes best melted.

Don’t buy shredded cheese – shred it yourself! Substitute yogurt for cream and sour cream in recipes.