Wellness

Boost your Morning Protein and Fitbit #giveaway

January 22, 2016

This post was sponsored by Milk Life on behalf of Influence Central.

How do you start your day? I start mine out with a coffee, then a glass of milk and some nutritious food with lots of protein. I never used to eat breakfast, in fact I wouldn’t eat until around lunch time and more often than not I would be a little tired and cranky until I finally ate, I never did understand why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Becoming a parent made me look into things like why breakfast is important and the nutrients my kids should be getting, then after finding out I had low Vitamin D  and high cholesterol a few years ago, I decided it to look into the nutrients that I, myself should be taking in on a daily basis, it was pretty life changing.

I always liked to eat meals with lots of protein but what I didn’t know is that I should also be eating breakfast. It’s the morning meal that is lacking with most Americans, many nutrition experts now recommend 25-30 grams of protein before noon for the best daily nutrition, yet Americans get only 13 grams at breakfast time on average.

Now if I don’t have a glass of milk each morning, it doesn’t feel right, I am so used to getting protein in the morning now that I always make sure we have lots of milk at home.  Not only is it great that I now eat more protein in the morning, I also have more energy, I am not as tired and my overall mood is much better.

Glass of fresh milk on wooden table in the kitchen.Now that I am aware of just how much protein I should be getting, pairing a glass of milk with my breakfast is an easy way to start the day off right and help me intake recommended amount of protein in the morning.  I aim to get 30 grams of protein each morning which is where most Americans fall short, protein isn’t something everyone knows about therefore they don’t know just how important it is!

Americans tend to eat most of their protein in the evening, leaving their mornings lower in the nutrient most likely to keep them full. Backloading protein at dinner can affect how your body uses it. Many experts recommend spacing out your protein intake throughout the day to make the most of the important benefits it provides.

Home Made Granola breakfast with white plain yogurt, blueberries, raspberries and dry cherries on rustic wooden backgroundMilk pairs great with lots of breakfast foods, I usually have Granola, fruit and milk with a slice of whole wheat toast and a fruit smoothie made with 1/2 cup of milk to top it off!

Check out the chart below, it’s excellent for using in your own recipes and breakfast routines and explains how much protein is in each item.

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The moral of this story is, make sure to get your morning protein, it is SO important, go ahead and jump start your new year by getting 25-30 grams of protein each morning!

Visit MilkLife.com/morningprotein to see how you can fill up your cup with milk to get closer to your morning protein goal and if you decide to post your favorite morning protein creation share it with #mymorningprotein

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  • Clo Nevaeh
    January 22, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Such an informative post! I love pairing my milk with some granola and yogurt!

  • Laurie Nykaza
    January 22, 2016 at 4:00 am

    I love milk with some sourdough toast in the morning.

  • Colleen Boudreau
    January 22, 2016 at 9:44 am

    with cereal.

  • Ann Fantom
    January 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I like to pair my milk with my bolwl of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal

  • Leigh Anne Borders
    January 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I really love to have cereal with my milk and to add some milk in my coffee.

  • Sharon Rooney
    January 23, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I love to pair milk with peanut butter toast and coffee.

  • sandra
    January 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    usually a sugary kid’s cereal!

  • Michelle C
    January 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I sometimes add a dash of milk to my coffee or in my oatmeal!

  • Holly Thomas
    January 24, 2016 at 1:57 am

    I like to pair milk with shredded wheat.

  • janelle
    January 24, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    milk in my morning coffee and in my cereal!

  • Rosanne
    January 25, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I like Raisin Nut Bra with my milk

  • Rosanne
    January 25, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I meant Raisin Nut Bran cereal with my milk

  • Kristi C
    January 26, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I like milk with Raisin Bran cereal.

  • donna porter
    January 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    With cereal or oatmeal

  • Steven weber
    January 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I like to pair my milk with gluten free cereal.

  • Dan D
    January 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Oatmeal or cereal.

  • Sally Wilsey
    January 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I like to pair milk with Cherrios or a bagel with cream cheese.

  • Mia
    January 31, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I add milk to my oatmeal in the morning.

  • Gayle B.
    February 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I like to pair milk with crushed graham crackers. the best cereal in the morning for breakfast.

  • Michele C
    February 6, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway. I like to pair my milk with donuts, smoothies, or cereal in the mornings.

  • Laurie Emerson
    February 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I like to pair either cereal or a chocolate doughnut with milk in the morning.