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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.
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.
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.
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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