How much milk do adults need a day?

We're diligent about pouring glasses of milk for our kids, but what about for ourselves? Should adults be drinking milk too? And, how much milk do adults need a day? We're glad you asked! As adults focus on their daily wellness, from exercise and mindfulness, to nutrition and emotional health, they do indeed need to incorporate milk into their diets regularly. Why? It's a protein-packed, vitamin-rich healthful ingredient that's easy to sneak into our favorite things -- like coffee! Let's learn more.

Why is milk good for us?

Nature didn't skimp on the vitamins and minerals when creating milk. Did you know milk is a rich source of 13 essential nutrients that boost your immune system, mental sharpness, and body's physical performance? Yes! Milk is packed with vitamins A, B, and D, as well as calcium, protein, potassium, and so much more! Adults need these nutrients too, so drink up!

How much milk do adults need a day?

Men and women should aim to consume three cups of milk each day. A cup is equal to 8 ounces of milk or yogurt. Cheese also counts! One and a half ounces of hard cheese is equivalent to one cup of milk when it comes to nutrition. As you make smart food choices on your health journey, you may already be hitting the three-cup-a-day goal by enjoying yogurt with breakfast and some crumbles of feta on your lunch salad. And, there are even more ways to enjoy milk.

4 recipes to add milk to your day

OK, so you're sold on the fact that kids aren't the only ones who benefit from milk. If you're not super excited about a chilled glass of milk, what if it was chocolate? Or blended into a smoothie? Yep, all of that counts when working more dairy into your meal and snack planning. Here are four more ways to enjoy milk.


Make homemade pancakes. Have you heard of Pancake cereal? Mini flapjacks served in a bowl with fresh berries and a2 Milk® 2% Reduced Fat might just be the perfect breakfast to kick off your weekend. The kids will love this idea too!


Try a new casserole. This unique Savory sheet pan tart with zucchini and goat cheese is perfect for serving at brunch or a family Sunday breakfast. It features eggs and milk for a protein-rich meal that will satisfy even the biggest appetites.


Put together a homemade dessert! These refreshing Key lime custard cups featuring a2 Milk® Whole are perfectly portioned sweet treats to savor after a meal. Love bread pudding? This chocolaty recipe from chef Curtis Stone is a great way to bake with milk.


Create fancy coffee drinks. It's always a good time to indulge in a Caramel apple latte. This dessert-like drink featuring brown sugar and a2 Milk® Half and Half is delicious enough to satisfy after-dinner sweets cravings or be your best buddy to sip on while running errands.

Browse our entire line of dairy products, then stock up! With a little creativity in the kitchen, it's easy to get your daily milk requirements as an adult. a2 Milk® provides delicious, quality everyday nutrition.

The a2 Milk® difference

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