If your morning breakfast ritual is bland due to time constraints or a desire to eat healthily, upgrade your breakfast with milk and grains for an easy breakfast you can always turn to. At just about 25 cents per 8-ounce glass, no other beverage packs the nutrition power of milk’s 13 essential nutrients for the dollar. Research shows that milk and milk products are the least expensive dietary source of vitamin D in the American diet, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice taste (or more dollars) for a breakfast you can feel good about. Here are three easy-to-make and popular breakfasts with milk and grains.
Breakfast with Milk and Grains
Homemade Low-Fat Granola
Take 30 minutes out of your day to make this high-fiber granola to keep on hand for a quick and easy breakfast. It’s easy to prepare. Stir together oatmeal, almonds, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk maple syrup, apple juice, and vegetable oil to pour over the oatmeal mixture. Spread the mixture into an even layer and bake. Once cool, add raisins and serve with milk or yogurt and berries.
This quick oatmeal meal will power your morning with steady, consistent energy. Combine old-fashioned oats, ground flax, baking powder, sugar, an egg, vanilla yogurt, canola oil, a pinch of salt, and vanilla extract in a large microwave-safe mug. Either bake at 400˚ F for 15 minutes or microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Top with additional vanilla yogurt, fruit, and chopped nuts and enjoy.
Ancient Grain Hot Cereal
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. Set it and forget it the night before for a meal that can last all week long. To prepare, add quinoa, steel-cut oats, amaranth, and flax seeds to a slow-cooker insert. Pour in milk and water and whisk until well blended. Add brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and spices cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours. When ready to serve, scoop into bowls, pour warm cream or milk over top, and add chopped nuts, fresh berries, and maple syrup.