Growing up most of us were told by our parents and grandparents to drink a glass of milk with dinner, but did you know how important it is to drink milk before you start your day?
We all know how crucial protein is, especially to get you energized in the morning. And according to registered dietitian and TV personality, Michelle Dudash, milk has more protein than protein rich eggs, which makes it perfect for breakfast. She was kind enough to join me for an interview yesterday, and dished some of her favorite recipes, and discussed how you can enter to win free milk!
Candace Rose: Many of us are on the go in the morning, and miss out on breakfast. Is it really the most important meal of the day?
Michelle Dudash: “It really is. It’s interesting that the National Got Milk campaign looked at people’s breakfast habits and what they’re tweeting and eating about. Unfortunately, about one in five Americans are still skipping breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because you’re literally breaking the fast.
If you go from dinner and all the way to lunch without having anything in between you’re going to be more likely to reach for those indulgences like donuts or cookies or cake, or whatever. If you have breakfast, start it out right with some high quality protein like the kind you get in milk, you’re going to be able to stay fuller longer and say no to those cravings. Every eight oz glass of milk has eight grams of protein, which is actually more than what you get with an egg. When you compare the two with what other foods (that people are eating that we found in this report) people are eating cake, they’re eating pancakes, they’re eating pizza. So clearly it’s okay to eat these every once in a while, but not every single day for breakfast.”
Candace Rose: How important is adding protein to our breakfast?
Michelle Dudash: “Very important. The experts recommend that we get 20 to 30 grams of protein at the breakfast meal to help our bodies optimize the usage of the protein. Now when you compare that to what we’re actually eating, a lot of people are only getting 10 to 12 grams of protein a day. There’s definitely some room for improvement.
Over here (please see video above for details) these are Banana Oat Quinoa Cakes. These have 22 grams of protein in every serving, when you have two of them, and you have them with an eight ounce glass of milk. They’re great because they’re made ahead of course, and they’re grab and go. You’ve got the quinoa, whole grains, whole wheat flour, and of course- they’re delicious!”
Candace Rose: Is there a perfect time of morning that we should be eating breakfast?
Michelle Dudash: “I like to call them the power hours. That refers to the first one to two hours after waking up, which for a lot of us is 6 to 8 am. The main point is that you’re not having long fasts from dinner until lunch.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Michelle Dudash: “Definitely- a couple recipes here. Oatmeal is when of my go-to recipes, you just take oats, and use milk instead of water. Another one is a smoothie, just take fresh fruit- mango, some milk. This one here (please see video above for details) has oats in it, so it’s really thick and frothy.
And you’re getting some more fiber there too. These recipes you can also get at GotMilk.GotProtein.com. You’ll also get breakfast tips and learn about how you can get a chance to get free milk.