Sponsored by The National Milk Life Campaign
It’s no secret that in our house we are organic milk drinkers, and the National Milk Life Campaign has asked me to talk a little about why drinking organic milk is important to me. Especially after visiting an organic dairy farm last month, I am glad to be an organic milk supporter.
I grew up drinking skim milk, mostly in cereal and milkshakes. Upon discovering the deliciousness and benefits of 2% and whole milk, I started using milk more, like in smoothies and oatmeal. I’ll have my fat and drink it too thankyouverymuch!
When I set out to buy my own groceries during college, I experimented with all different kinds of milks. From a vanilla hemp milk to unsweetened almond milk to soy milks and then back to organic, local cow’s milk, which I feel is the best milk for our family in terms of taste and nutrition.
As I learned more about nutrition and the food industry, I realized that I wanted to vote with my dollars and put them into the organic industry.
Organic farms follow strict standards set by the government by the USDA. This means organic farms cannot use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics or GMO crops to feed their cows.
Organic milk is more expensive than conventional milk but in family-sized quantities it’s not a bank breaker. The more those who can afford organic milk buy it, the more supply and demand comes into play and the more accessible it will be to all. We have to support the small family farms who are producing organic milk so more of them produce it.
I use milk in my breakfast nearly every morning – whether I’m making a foamy cappuccino, adding protein to my oatmeal or eggs, blending it into a smoothie, or soaking my oats in it. I truly believe it’s a great way to get in the 25-30 grams of protein that many experts now recommend for breakfast. With 8 grams of protein per cup, a little goes a long way towards your protein goals (not to mention calcium!)
Here are my top 5 favorite breakfasts, all of which rely on milk for great protein and flavor!
Thanks to the National Milk Life Campaign for sponsoring this post.