Power Up with a Protein-Packed Breakfast
(Family Features) You may recognize the importance of protein as part of a healthy eating plan, but if you’re like most people, you may not realize that the time of day you consume your protein matters.
According to the Institute of Medicine, 10 to 35 percent of total daily calories should come from protein. For a 2,000 calorie diet, this translates to about 50 to 175 grams per day. However, most Americans tend to eat most of their protein in the evening, leaving them without the appropriate fuel to feel energized in the morning.
Distributing your protein throughout the day, starting with a power punch at breakfast, will energize your mornings, and you’ll feel fuller longer and be able to focus on tackling the day ahead. In addition to energy and focus, getting 25 to 30 grams of protein at each meal can help support bone health, maintain a healthy weight and build lean muscle.
To jumpstart your morning with protein, pair a glass of milk with your favorite breakfast foods – like eggs – or mix milk into your favorite smoothie or overnight oats combination. Whether in a glass, cup or bowl, or mixed into a simple recipe, milk is an ideal way to get high-quality protein, along with eight other nutrients you need, like calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
For additional recipes and to learn more about the power of dairy protein, visit MidwestDairy.com.
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