Looking for a way to power up your mornings with better nutrition? Milk may be just the boost your routine needs. By simply adding 8 ounces of milk to your breakfast, you’re giving your body the following nutrient punch to keep you going strong all day long:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin b B12
- Niacin (niacin equivalents)
Here are 5 ideas on how to add this power food to your daily breakfast:
Make your oatmeal with milk. Oatmeal made with water is like that blazer you’ve been holding on to since the 90s. You keep it in your wardrobe even though you know something just isn’t quite right about it. Well it’s time to move on to better things! Once you start making oatmeal with milk, you will never go back. Not only does it provide you with all that good nutrition including extra protein which helps you feel satisfied all morning long – it simply tastes better! Add your favorite fruit and perhaps some nuts for an extra hearty bowl of goodness. My favorite combo is what I like to call “Apple Crisp Oats.” Make steel cut oats with milk, cinnamon, a chopped apple, and a handful of walnuts for a breakfast that will keep you fueled up with protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
Sip on a smoothie: In a society where we’re constantly on the go, it can be hard to fit in breakfast, never mind a healthy one. Smoothies to the rescue! Smoothies are so easy to make and transport. Simply blend your favorite frozen fruit with 8 ounces of milk and you’ve got yourself a healthy meal. One of my favorite combos is a banana, a couple of teaspoons of almond butter, frozen strawberries and milk. The almond butter adds in some healthy fats to keep you feeling full. You can use any nut butter you like.
Build a better breakfast bowl: There’s something comforting about the good ole’ bowl of cereal and milk. Make it even more nutritious by choosing a whole grain cereal and adding some antioxidant-rich berries. The protein in the milk (8 grams per 8 ounces) coupled with the fiber from the fruit and whole grains will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.
Gotta love a latte: Is there anything better than a hot latte on a cold day or an iced latte on a summer morning? You’re probably opting for a latte for the caffeine, but did you know that when you choose a latte over regular coffee, you’re also giving yourself all the nutrition that milk offers (see that long list above)? Sip smarter by choosing to purchase or make a latte in the morning!
A glass of milk makes it better: Are you a toast-in-the-morning kind of person? Spread on some satisfaction by topping your toast with nut butter and washing it down with a cold glass of milk. Remember to choose a bread that is 100% whole wheat. How do you know if it’s 100% whole wheat? Check the ingredients to make sure the first ingredient listed is whole grain flour. Nothing pairs better with nut butter and toast than a glass of milk. It’s simple and it’s simply delicious.