Milk is a nutrient-rich food. It is a primary source of nutrition and can be used across the menu to makes meals.
Milk is high in protein with one litre containing 30-35g of protein.
Milk is also a rich source of calcium and other minerals like phosphate, magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride. Nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and vitamin D are essential for bone health.
Milk is also a good source of Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, thiamine, niacin, biotin, riboflavin, folate and pantothenic acid. Milk is also a source of carbohydrates including lactose, glucose and galactose.
Lion Foodservice milk range:
Lion Foodservice produce milk a number of ways, offering a comprehensive range of milk products to suit the needs of all clients. Lion Foodservice make a diverse range of milk products including: full cream, flavoured, modified fresh milk and UHT milks. It also has a range of alternative milk substitutes from its Vitasoy range. The brands to look out for are Dairy Farmers, PURA, Dare, Farmers Union, Classic, Big M and Masters.
Milk can be purchased with different fat levels from full cream to lite. What is the difference? Full cream milk contains 4% fat, with a lite milk containing around 0.1%. The difference is very little, however, there are some markets such as the aged care industry where is it is more beneficial to use full cream milk as a beverage and in cooking.
Soy milk offers a lactose free and vegetarian milk. Soy is made from soy beans and has a nutty flavour. As it is made from a legume, it is high in protein and it is important to buy a brand which has a high calcium contact such as the Vitasoy range.
Lion Foodservice juice range:
Lion Foodservices also has a range of juices which are available to order. Juice is a drink made from the extraction of the natural liquid contained in fruit. Juice is commonly consumed as a drink or used as an ingredient or to flavour other beverages. Juice has limited nutritional properties but is considered an important part of the diet. The two most important nutrition aspects of juice are its high energy content from fruit sugar, fructose, and contains vitamin C, folic acid and potassium. Fruit juice does help with hydration and can provide energy to those that have a small or reduced appetite.
Adding milk to your mid-meal menus as a beverage is also a great strategy to add protein and calcium to your menu
Talk to CR about how to add milk to menu planning in your Aged Care facility: