Going for a “milk run” to the grocery store isn’t as simple nowadays. In the dairy aisle, you likely will find a variety of new products, such as almond, cashew and coconut drinks plus other plant-based beverages.

While it’s always good to have options, milk is still the best-quality choice, packing the most nutrition for your food dollar.

By skipping out on milk, your family is missing out on key nutrients that are essential for all ages — from kids to parents, says Alyson Fendrick, a registered dietitian with Midwest Dairy in Ankeny.

“Milk always has nine essential vitamins and...