Essential nutrition for growing kids


They’re up, they’re out the door in a flash, off to school, running around at break time, then it’s after-school activities and sports, throw in some playtime, homework, dinner and woah … it’s nearly bedtime already! Kids pack so much into a day that without great nutrition they may be left feeling a bit fatigued – then the grumps start and no parent wants to be faced with that!

If your child could benefit from a nutritional boost to help set them up for an active day and give their best, MILO with milk is a nourishing drink with a taste kids love.

MILO is made with five simple main ingredients – malt barley, milk powder, sugar, cocoa and vegetable oil, plus 8 vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, vitamin B2, B3, B6, B12, C and D). It can be enjoyed hot or cold with milk – however the kids prefer, it tastes great!

Get more out of milk with MILO

Growing kids need a variety of nutrients to meet their body’s needs. MILO with milk can help deliver those essential nutrients. When made with milk, MILO adds 31% more protein, 65% more calcium, plus more iron (32% RDI) and more vitamin D (39% RDI). MILO with trim milk is also low GI to provide sustained energy for active kids as part of a healthy, varied diet.

Why are these nutrients so important for growing kids? Our quick guide explains more.


Protein is essential for building, maintaining, and repairing the tissues in our body. It’s required for your child’s healthy growth and development. A 200ml glass of MILO with milk has 10.2g of protein.


Calcium is responsible for making strong bones and teeth. Eating dairy foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese every day, will make sure they meet the daily recommended calcium intake. A 200ml glass of MILO with milk has 400mg calcium, providing 50% of the Recommended Dietary Intake, so you’re halfway there already!


Iron is essential for healthy and active kids. It supports the release of energy from food, carries oxygen around the body to our brain for concentration and learning, it helps prevent tiredness and fatigue. And most importantly, it helps support your child’s healthy immune system so the body can fight infections (making it a parent’s hero!). A 200ml glass of MILO with milk has 3.8mg iron, providing 32% of the Recommended Dietary Intake.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is not found in many foods. Our body’s best source of vitamin D comes from safe exposure to sunlight – which can be a challenge during the winter months! Like calcium, vitamin D is important for strong bones and teeth along with healthy muscles and immune function. A 200ml glass of MILO with milk has 3.9 ug vitamin D, providing 39% of the Recommended Dietary Intake.

So next time your child has a cup of MILO with milk, you can rest assured it will give them a nourishing boost to help them make the most of their day.


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