Over the last few years, I’ve found myself having a few minor health problems. When I’ve talked to my doctors about the problems, the advice was pretty much the same. I needed to start taking better care of myself. I need to eat regular, healthy meals, get enough protein and nutrients to sustain my body, get more exercise and get more sleep.
So instead of making an unrealistic New Year’s resolution that I’d never keep, I decided to make small life changes this year that will be easier to maintain. That will have positive effects on my health and my life in the years to come.
My first change has been to what I eat and drink during the day.
Instead of skipping breakfast (and sometimes lunch), I’m making sure that I start every morning with enough protein to start the day right – between 25-30 grams.*
Many Americans tend to eat most of their protein in the evening and only get an average of 13 grams of protein before noon. This means we’re starting our mornings lower in the nutrient most likely to keep us full, which isn’t a great start to a busy day. Instead, we should all make an effort to help meet the recommended amount of protein in the morning.
In order to make sure I’m getting a protein-rich breakfast each morning, I’m pairing my favorite morning foods with milk. With 8 grams of protein in every 8 ounce glass, milk is a good source of protein and goes well with everything I love at breakfast time.
Whether I’m eating scrambled eggs with a slice of whole wheat toast, Greek yogurt with fruit or a bowl of overnight oats, milk helps get me closer to my morning protein goal with just one delicious glass.
Be sure to power up your mornings with a protein-rich breakfast including milk! You’ll feel full longer so you can focus on other things, which is a great start to an energized morning and a successful day!
Visit MilkLife.com/morningprotein to see how you can fill up your cup with milk to get closer to your goal of 25-30 grams of protein in the morning.
 What We Eat in America, NHANES 2009-2010.
2 Layman D. Dietary guidelines should reflect new understandings about adult protein needs. Nutr Metab. 2009; 6: 12.
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