Every day brings new challenges that require us to be focused and fueled for peak performance. Whether your day takes you to the classroom, an office, the gym, or you’re juggling kids and activities, you can fight fatigue and tackle more with the balanced nutrients in milk.
Find Important Nutrients in Milk
Real dairy milk is a source of four essential B vitamins.
Milk and other dairy products naturally provide riboflavin, B-12, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which help your body turn the food you eat into fuel.
Dairy foods contain the high-quality protein you need to stay energized and focused throughout the day.
Each 8-ounce glass of milk supplies 8 grams of protein to help build and replenish muscle tissue. Think protein is only good for working out? Studies have found that the protein in milk can help you stay full and satisfied so you can focus on what really matters. Additionally, diets rich in protein can decrease feelings of hunger and help you maintain a healthy weight.
Cow’s milk supports wellness in a more natural way.
Cow’s milk is simple with three ingredients as compared to plant-based beverages which can have up to 10 ingredients including salt, sugar, stabilizers, and emulsifiers. And real dairy milk’s nutritional profile can’t be matched by most alternatives. Compared side-by-side, milk contains fewer ingredients and more naturally occurring nutrients than many plant-based alternatives. For example, the protein found in milk is complete, containing all nine essential amino acids, whereas most plant-based proteins are incomplete.
Incorporate Cow’s Milk into Your Diet
Incorporating dairy foods and drinks such as milk into your day can be a simple way to fuel up.
- Get a jump start on your day with this Tropical Smoothie Refresher for a balanced meal that contains dairy, vegetables, and fruits in one convenient package.
- Refuel at lunch with a Fermented Warm Grain Bowl that’s perfect for making ahead. As a bonus, fermented dairy foods, like kefir, are linked to health benefits including reduced inflammation, improved digestive health, and healthy immune systems.
- Gather around the table for a quick and easy dinner of One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Broccoli that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser with kids and adults alike.
- Finish off the day with a Lavender Milk Steamer to help you relax and prepare for a restful night of sleep.
Jessica Ivey is a Registered Dietitian and chef with a passion for teaching people to eat healthy for a happy and delicious life. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating original recipes to help busy families eat well and enjoy more meals together. Jessica lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, three children, and her dog.