WIC has Yogurt

Great news! WIC can now offer yogurt to women and children age 1 and older. It is a nice addition to the dairy group.

Why is the dairy group important?

Dairy foods provide calcium to keep bones strong, plus vitamin D, potassium and protein.

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Most people don’t get enough dairy, so yogurt is a delicious way to add more dairy to your diet. People who are lactose-intolerant are often able to tolerate eating some yogurt.

How much food is needed from the dairy group each day?

The recommended amount of dairy varies by age. Toddlers need 1 1/2  to 2 cups a day. Children under 10 need 2 1/2 cups and children over 10 through adults need 3 cups.

What counts as a cup in the dairy group?

Here are a few examples:

Milk1 cup
Yogurt1 cup (8 ounces) 6 ounces = 3/4 cup 4 ounces = 1/2 cup
Pudding1 cup made with milk
Frozen yogurt1 cup
Ice cream1 1/2 cup
Soy milk1 cup calcium-fortified soy milk

There are many ways to use yogurt. Try it plain or mix it with fruit of cereal for a healthy snack. Check out the WICShopper app for more ideas and to see which      yogurts are available with WIC. You can also watch our dietitian Kimberly make a yogurt parfait over on our Facebook page.

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