Over the past few months, I have been working closely with my son on making better decisions regarding his eating habits. He is your typical kid who prefers a limited diet of chicken nuggets and plain pasta with butter. That is, until it’s time for a snack or dessert and suddenly his palate expands to all the unhealthy treats you can imagine.
As he and I have discussed in detail, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We do lots of breakfast smoothies in our house, along with whole grain cereals or whole grain waffles and pancakes accompanied by a glass of organic milk.
Now I am working with The National Milk Life Campaign to show other people why it is important to get the recommended 25-30 grams of protein before noon, and how you can reach that number with the help of organic milk. Pairing a glass of organic milk with breakfast is an easy way to start the day and help get protein in the morning. While my son is mastering his decision-making skills, if I offer options of high-protein breakfast foods, I am comfortable that whichever breakfast he chooses, it will get his day started with protein he needs to grow up strong.
If you’ve been on this site before, you know that we are an organic household. Organic farms follow strict standards set by the USDA that stipulate farmers can only use organic-approved substances for their crops and livestock. That means there are no synthetic fertilizers, no growth hormones or antibiotics, avoidance of synthetic pesticides, and absolutely no genetically modified (GMO) crops or feed for the cows. The more I have read and continue to read on this topic, the more I am certain that organic is what I prefer to feed to my family.
As you have probably heard throughout your lifetime, dairy is considered part of a nutritious diet. Dairy products contain protein, vitamins and minerals like calcium that are beneficial for people of all ages to build and maintain strong bones.
Eating a breakfast with 25-30 grams of protein may help with appetite control and may help reduce cravings, which could limit overeating later in the day.
As for my son, we are continuing to work on decision-making, because it is a life skill that I want him to learn now. The same goes with developing a good relationship with food. If good habits are started now, I hope they will last a lifetime. He knows that he can have a healthy breakfast including organic milk, and perhaps have a treat later in the day. Good habits and good decision-making can begin at the breakfast table but continue on indefinitely.
Most Americans fall way short of getting enough protein in the morning to start the day off right. Are you getting enough protein in the morning?
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