* I’m a sponsored ambassador for the National Milk Mustache “Got Milk” ad campaign and I have been compensated for this post. But the opinions, as always, are my own.
I walk the same path every morning. It starts at my bed and leads to my daughter’s bedroom. From there, the path winds to my oldest son’s room. Once I reach that destination, I follow my regular path to the kitchen where I grab the gallon of milk from the top shelf. To say that milk is a big part of my family’s morning is an understatement. If milk isn’t an ingredient in a dish, then it accompanies one. I’d love to say that the reason milk plays a starring role in our breakfast routine is because of the 8 grams of protein per cup, but the real reason is it tastes good and my kids like it.
We’ve all heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you start off the day with a lousy, empty breakfast, you’ll feel lousy and empty later. Eating the right amount of protein in the morning can help kids and adults stay alert and feel energized. Over the past few months, my toddler has become a picky eater, which has been enormously frustrating for me. Luckily, my toddler loves smoothies. Because of his love for smoothies, he is able to get the nutrition he needs for the day. Here are my smoothie ingredients: milk, yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, banana, spinach, and baby oat cereal. The spinach goes unnoticed because it blends with all the other yummy ingredients. And don’t ask me how much of the ingredients I use because I simply grab, pour, and do an eye/taste test. The smoothie can also be frozen for a nice spoon-fed treat.
BreakfastProject.com currently has some other great breakfast recipes to help your kids get the start they need for their day. Here are a few of my favorites.
Preparation takes about 10 minutes and the cooking times varies from 25 to 30 minutes. Besides being yummy, these frittas can be eaten easily with fingers, which is an added bonus to anyone that has kids.
These sweet muffins will be a huge hit with everyone within reach of them. Preparation is about 10 minutes and the cooking time is between 10 and 15 minutes. Don’t have too many though, since there’s quite a bit of sugar in them. A nice cold glass of milk can help wash these tasty bites down.
Not only will your family love saying, “quinoa,” but they will also enjoy eating it. Preparation is about 10 to 15 minutes and the cooking time is 20 to 25 minutes. This dish packs a protein punch and will provide a good kick-start to the day.
There’s also some great drink recipes for those folks that love to get a good work-out in the morning. No need to buy an expensive energy drink when you have the capabilities to make such tasty beverages as the Protein Power Player Smoothie, PB&J Smoothie, and the Banana Breakfast Shake.
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