Adding milk to your meals is an easy and delicious way to get your daily servings of dairy. One 8 ounce glass of milk provides 13 essential nutrients your body needs – like calcium, potassium and vitamin D – to improve your overall diet, get more nutrients and improve bone health. In fact, studies show nutrient-rich dairy foods, when included as part of a healthy diet, may help to reduce the risk for several chronic diseases, like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Read on for easy ways to enjoy milk as part of your daily meals.
Boost Your Beverages
Start your morning off awake and energized! Add steamed milk to your coffee or tea to create a homemade latte. Check out this coffee cheat sheet to discover the many different coffee beverages that can be made with milk – or mix up your routine with a homemade Matcha Latte or Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea.
Most smoothies include at least one liquid, so why not mix yours with milk? Every splash adds important nutrients and has the power to make your favorite smoothie creamy, dreamy and delicious. Try our Mango Ginger Power Smoothie or Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie to sustain your mind and body throughout the day.
Wind down in the evening with a cozy cup of creamy hot cocoa, made with real milk – you can even heat up a mug of chocolate milk for a quick, nutrient-filled fix.
Elevate Your Meals
Milk can make your oatmeal creamier while adding protein. Prep Overnight Triple Berry Oatmeal with real milk for a nutritious breakfast. Milk can also make scrambled eggs fluffier, especially in recipes like Spinach & Cheese Frittata and Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole.
Add milk to soups in place of water to create a filling and nutrient-rich meal while elevating the flavor profile. Try Broccoli Cheese Soup or Cheeseburger Soup– both are made with real milk.Use milk in bread recipes instead of warm water to dissolve yeast like in this Homemade Bread with Honey. It will yield a slightly sweeter bread with a richer, softer texture.
Looking to learn more about cooking with dairy? Check out our answers to these frequently asked questions.