Protein Toolkit

These tools are to help educate your audiences on the importance of eating protein at every meal, on dairy as an affordable, high-quality protein source, and to share the important health benefits dairy delivers.

Please use the tools in your own protein communications.

Power Your Day with Protein

Messages and Facts

Key Messages

Customizable Press Release

Questions and Answers

Nutrition Fact Sheets

Share these helpful nutrition facts and tips, along with quick and easy recipe ideas that include dairy foods.


Milk Facts and Tips

  • Milk, white or flavored, delivers nine essential nutrients including calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
  • The 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommends three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk every day.
  • The carbohydrates and protein in milk make it a smart beverage for athletes.


Cheese Facts and Tips

  • Cheese may help children eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains when added or eaten with these foods.
  • Cheese contributes high-quality protein as well as calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A to the diet.
  • Reduced-fat cheese provides the same essential nutrients as regular cheese and tastes great.


Yogurt Facts and Tips

  • Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and potassium.
  • Yogurt contains live and active cultures, or probiotics. Probiotics can help maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • Yogurt makes a quick and easy breakfast, dessert or snack. It also makes a great dip or topping.

Dairy Protein

Dairy Protein Facts and Tips

  • Dairy foods such as low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese, yogurt and whey powder are convenient and cost-effective ways to power up with protein.
  • An 8-ounce glass of milk, 1-ounce of most cheeses and an 8-ounce container of yogurt have as much protein as one egg (6 grams).
  • As little as 10 grams of protein can stimulate muscle growth following exercise. Having 8-ounces of fat-free chocolate milk or an 8-ounce container of yogurt can help.


Use these images to draw attention and visual appeal to protein messages in online communications.

Power Your Day with Protein on Facebook

Power Your Day with Protein on Twitter

Milk Your Morning Protein on Facebook

Milk Your Morning Protein on Twitter

Recipe Videos

Try these recipes to fuel your body all day with dairy protein.

Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Fruity Splash Smoothie

Pita Pizza Faces

Milk Your Morning Protein on Twitter

Resources for Educators

School breakfasts give students one-quarter of the protein they need for the day. Share these tools with educators to help kids start the day right with a protein-rich breakfast.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Breakfast – Anytime, Anywhere

School dietitians and nutrition managers can identify a nutritious school breakfast program to adopt for their students.

Online and Social Media Promotion

Use these suggested Facebook and Twitter posts and blogs as additional resources for your organization’s website, blogs or e-newsletter.

Social Media Posts

Back to School: Don’t Forget About Breakfast – for You and the Kids!

Lesley Shiery, MS, is a registered dietitian and senior nutrition scientist with the General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition. She blogs about the importance of eating breakfast before school, and all-year round.

Find Your Dairy Match: Tips to Pair Families with High-Quality Protein

Stephanie Cundith, MS, LD, is a registered dietitian and blogger for Dairy Makes Sense. She shares protein-packed tips to help families find dairy foods they love.

Dairy Foods Satisfy Demand for On-the-Go Snacks

Cindy Sorensen is vice president of business development for the Midwest Dairy Association. Her blog shares a list of portable, go-to dairy foods that are new to the market and perfect for snacking.

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