Why Dairy

Dairy is an important part of a healthy eating plan. New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guidelines recommend at least two to three serves of milk and milk products a day for children aged 12 years and under, and at least three serves a day for young people aged 13-18 years*.

There are several benefits of eating that recommended amount**.

  • Protein: High quality dairy protein with all 20 amino acids is essential for supporting the rapid growth and development of Kiwi kids
  • Calcium and phosphorus: Essential for active Kiwi kids in supporting healthy bones and teeth
  • B vitamins and potassium: These also assist with children’s growth and development. But calcium is important for adults, too!**

It’s well known that calcium helps maintain bone density, which can help reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life^.

Calcium also helps keep adults’ teeth strong – giving us all something to smile about.

So, what is a serve of dairy?

The following examples each represent one serve of dairy. There are many ways to get dairy into your daily meals. For inspiration see our Recipes


One serve of milk is 250mL. A glass of milk is a great way to quench your kids’ thirst and get a serve of dairy into their tummies. If your kids aren’t keen milk drinkers, try our CalciYum UHT packs in strawberry, banana or chocolate flavours as an occasional treat.

Anchor Uno yoghurtYoghurt

One serve of yoghurt is 150g – an ideal morning or afternoon tea snack. A standard Anchor Uno single serve pot is 150g. However, if you’re using a family-sized yoghurt, simply fill small containers for lunchboxes. Mix up the flavours of yoghurt each week and try pairing yoghurt with fresh fruit skewers for dipping, or use a natural-flavoured yoghurt and use it as a dip for carrot sticks or cheese sticks.


One serve of cheese is 40g which equates to two slices or two cheese sticks. Try using cheese, including cottage cheese or cream cheese in the kids sandwiches, or in your baking and when cooking.

*From Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Children and Young People: A Background Paper. Ministry of Health, 2012

**Dairy products should be consumed as part of a varied, healthy eating plan and your dietary requirements may vary, depending on your age and gender.

^As part of a diet high in calcium and with adequate vitamin D status, in people aged 65 years and older.