Get Your Daily Protein Intake with These 5 Protein Recipes

woman preparing eggs with milk: daily protein intake

This spring, fuel up with milk to get your daily protein intake. Milk provides the protein you need to stay energized and focused throughout the day. With 8 grams of complete protein per serving, milk helps you build muscle, stay active, and recover. Helping you stay healthy and hydrated, build lean muscle, reach your fitness goals, and recover after a tough workout, milk does it all.

Try these 5 delicious recipes to reach your protein goals.

Breakfast and Snack Recipes for Daily Protein Intake

Ancient Grain Hot Cereal 

ancient grain hot cereal with fruit

Nothing makes breakfast time easier than a slow cooker. Using ancient grains like amaranth and quinoa with nutrient-rich milk provides a great source of protein to keep you fueled. Serve with a drizzle of warmed milk or cream and add toppings like fresh berries, dried fruits, and chopped nuts. 

It is an easy set-it-and-forget-it recipe. Coat the bottom and sides of a 6-quart slow cooker with butter. Add quinoa, oats, amaranth, and flax seeds into a slow-cooker insert. Pour in milk and water. Whisk together until well blended. Add brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and spices cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours. Once ready, remove the lid and scoop into bowls. Pour warm cream or milk over the grains and add chopped nuts, fresh seasonal berries, and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired. 

Hawaiian Harvest Smoothie Bowl 

Hawaiian Harvest Smoothie Bowl

Using kefir and Greek yogurt really packs this filling bowl full of high-quality protein. It’s perfectly balanced with a little tang and just a hint of sweetness.  

Combine kefir, coconut-flavored Greek yogurt, and a frozen tropical fruit blend in a blender. Blend until smooth. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with diced fresh mango, pineapple, shredded coconut, granola, and macadamia nuts. Serve immediately.  

Maple Spiced Snack Bars 

These spiced bars are full of hearty oatmeal with just a hint of sweetness from the pure maple syrup. The pumpkin isn’t overpowering, and the Greek yogurt gives them an added protein boost. Wrap them up individually for a quick grab-n-go snack that is healthy, easy, and delicious! 

Maple Spice Breakfast Bars

First, preheat the oven to 350° and coat a half-sheet pan or large-rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. 

Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine old-fashioned rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, pumpkin spice, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until well combined. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together canned pumpkin, Greek yogurt, milk, maple syrup, beaten eggs, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Gradually add the wet ingredients in the medium bowl to the dry oat mixture in the large bowl, stirring until mixed thoroughly. 

Pour batter into the prepared sheet pan, spreading out into one even layer. Bake for 20 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting into squares. 

Lunch or Dinner Recipes for Daily Protein Intake

Cheesy Chicken Crunchers 

Southeast Dairy Association - cheesy chicken crunch

These kid-friendly baked chicken fingers have extra protein from the cheese that’s added to the crispy cereal coating. 

To make this family-friendly dish, begin by preheating the oven to 375˚. Set up three bowls. The first bowl should contain flour mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper. The second, an egg wash made by beating the eggs and milk together. The third bowl should hold cornflake cereal mixed with cheddar cheese. 

Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Dip chicken breast strips into the three bowls and then place them on the baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes and serve with ketchup, honey mustard, or BBQ sauce. 

Three-Cheese Tomato-Basil Pizza 

Southeast Dairy Association - Three-Cheese Tomato-Basil Pizza

This easy veggie pizza is packed with protein from the three-cheese ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese blend. 

To make, preheat oven to 450˚. Place a pre-baked pizza crust on a baking sheet. Spread pre-made pesto evenly over the crust. 

Stir together ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, milk, and minced garlic to spread over the crust. Top with plum tomatoes and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Bake for 14 minutes or until the cheese melts. 

Once done, remove from oven and top with fresh basil leaves. Cut into 6 wedges and serve to your hungry family. 

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