5 Tips to Create a Better Breakfast This Morning
Follow These Steps to Build a Better Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — but are you and your little ones eating the right kind of breakfast to power up your morning? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, add protein.
It’s important that kids get protein at every meal, especially breakfast. When protein is on the menu in the morning, it helps to maximize how their bodies use it. Getting enough protein at breakfast can help keep kids feel full and satisfied so they won’t feel hungry by mid-morning.
While many experts now recommend 25 to 30 grams of protein at each meal, the average breakfast bowl or plate only contains on average 13 grams of protein. One way to help get the protein count at breakfast higher is to include an 8-ounce glass of milk. All milk — including lowfat, skim and organic milk — packs the same nutrient-rich punch with nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8-ounce glass.
5 Tips to Make a Better Breakfast:
1. Count to (at Least) Three: Make sure your breakfast consists of three of the five foods groups including dairy, fruits, vegetables, meat/beans and whole grains.
2. Make it with Milk: Like oatmeal? Swap out 8-ounces of water for 8-ounces of milk to add 8 grams of high-quality protein for a creamy addition to your oatmeal. For a different take on oatmeal, try overnight oats for a cool breakfast.
3. A Perfect Pair: Pair any breakfast with an 8-ounce glass of milk. Not only does milk help enhance the nutrition of any meal, it can help get you closer to the recommended amount of protein at each meal when served alongside your frittata or egg scramble. In addition to protein, each serving of milk includes calcium, potassium and vitamin D — three of the four nutrients of concern, as outlined by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report.
4. To Go, Please: In a rush and need to eat on the run? Milk is a handy to-go option. Grab fruit, a granola bar and milk to go. You can also make a quick smoothie by swirling in 1/2 cup of milk to your favorite recipe, and add a tablespoon of almond butter for extra protein punch.
5. Get Organized: If you find yourself rushing on weekday mornings, plan ahead and think about breakfast after dinner. You can set the table the night before with bowls and glasses, and pre-mix ingredients to maximize your time in the morning.
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