Better-for-You Family Breakfasts
Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites. (Family Features)
Each day should begin with a balanced breakfast, so when mornings get hectic and meal prepping isn’t possible, you can still start strong with a convenient, iconic pairing – cereal and real milk. Enjoyable on their own, real milk and General Mills Big G Cereals, like Honey Nut Cheerios, are even better together, delivering essential nutrients to help fuel the morning with the taste kids – and adults – can call a daily favorite.
In fact, dairy milk is the top food source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium, and cereal is the top food source of fiber – which are four nutrients of public health concern identified by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This nutritious breakfast combination costs only around 50 cents per serving – so parents can give their children nutrients they need without breaking the bank.
Another delicious breakfast option is a Cheesy Bacon-Broccoli Quiche, which offers 11 grams of protein per serving while introducing picky eaters to veggies in an appetizing way. If a busy schedule calls for an on-the-go option, real milk provides essential nutrients and can be blended into a Banana Breakfast Shake for a tasty and portable way to start the day.
About 90% of the U.S. population does not meet dairy recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Most individuals would benefit by increasing intake of nutrient-dense, calcium-rich dairy milk. One 8-ounce glass of dairy milk contains almost as much calcium as six cups of kale and the same amount of protein found in 1 1/2 medium eggs, making real milk an easy and delicious way for your little ones to get important nutrients they need.
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Cheesy Bacon-Broccoli Quiche
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli with cheese sauce
- 3 slices turkey bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup white mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 1 frozen prepared pie shell (9 inches)
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup fat free or low fat dairy milk
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a microwave, prepare broccoli and cheese sauce according to package directions; set aside to cool slightly.
- In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, mushrooms, and green onions until bacon is cooked through and mushrooms are tender. Scatter bacon mixture in bottom of pie shell; place pie shell on a baking sheet.
- In a bowl, whisk eggs and dairy milk then stir in broccoli and cheese sauce along with cheddar cheese. Pour custard into pie shell and bake 35-45 minutes, or until center is just set and knife blade comes out clean when inserted into the center of quiche.
- Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.
Nutritional information per serving: 280 calories; 16 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 160 mg cholesterol; 11 g protein; 22 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 510 mg sodium; 150 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk.
Banana Breakfast Shake
Servings: 2 (6 ounces milk per serving)
- 1 1/2 cups fat-free or low-fat dairy milk
- 1 frozen medium banana, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- cinnamon, for garnish (optional)
- In a blender container, combine dairy milk, banana, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds.
- Pour into two glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired.
Nutritional information per serving: 120 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g protein; 23 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 100 mg sodium; 190 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk.
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