Milk Your Morning

Experts agree – breakfast is the best way to start the day, any season. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who eat breakfast are generally in better health overall.  Serving fat free or lowfat milk at breakfast is one of the best ways to ensure your family has energy and nutrients it needs to  perform, run, swim and play throughout the longest days of the year. And nearly half of all parents say a good start to the morning is when their child has a breakfast with milk, according to a recent survey of more than 500 families.  So let milk serve as an ally to help alleviate the stress of the morning routine this summer. To help parents tackle their summertime breakfast blunders, here are three simple solutions to help keep families on track:

Start every summer morning with a healthy breakfast with milk: Milk is one of the most naturally nutritious drinks you can pour in the morning. And, almost all US households have dairy milk in their refrigerators and kids are some of the biggest fans.  Nine out of 10 kids age 8-12 said they love to drink because it’s good for them, it will help them grow and they love the taste.  More than half of kids surveyed said they like to drink their milk at breakfast, and skipping milk in the AM would put them in a bad mood – especially if they had to eat cereal without milk!

Plan ahead and get the kids involved: Ask your kids to plan the week’s breakfast menu, or start a breakfast-themed Pinterest board with their favorite morning meals. Pick recipes you can make ahead of time, like smoothie pops and overnight oats as a fun night-time activity that will get them excited for to eat the next morning.

Keep it simple: If you’re wishing for more time out in the sun and less time in the kitchen, don’t be afraid to keep it simple. Survey results showed cereal is kids favorite summer breakfast, which is good news for parents looking for a quick, easy breakfast option with nutrients they need, including high-quality protein in milk, to power through their mornings. Whether in a bowl or a glass, fat free milk complements just about any morning.

The National Got Milk campaign June Dairy Month survey was conducted between April 26 and May 6, 2013, among 519 parents of 8-12 year olds and 519 8-12 year olds.