This post was sponsored by Milk Life on behalf of Influence Central.

Do you think you get 25-30 grams of protein in each morning that many experts recommend? If you’re like most Americans, you probably fall short of that. I know I have in the past. In fact, most of us only get on average of 13 grams of protein at breakfast. That’s half of the recommended amount!

What’s worse, most of us tend to add in extra protein at dinner instead, which can really affect how your body uses it. Many experts actually recommend spacing out your protein intake throughout the day, to make the most of the important benefits it provides.

The good news is, there is an easy way to increase your protein intake each morning. Simply pairing a glass of milk, with its high-quality protein, with your breakfast or mid-morning snack is an easy, delicious way to help get the 25-30 grams of protein many experts recommend before noon.


When you power up your mornings with a protein-rich breakfast including milk, not only will it help energize your morning, but you will also feel fuller longer with 25-30 grams of protein – so you can focus on the important things you need to get accomplished.

How do I start my day with the essential protein I need to tackle a house of chores and four kids? Easily, with this simple and delicious shake…

Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Shake

It’s super easy! Just mix together 1 cup frozen berries, 1 cup low-fat milk, 6 oz vanilla greek yogurt, and 3 TB powdered (or regular) peanut butter in a blender. Pour & enjoy! That’s it. That whole glass provides 27 g of protein – in one easy drink!

protein drink

Whether in a glass, cup or bowl – or mixed into a simple recipe – milk can help you get to a protein-packed breakfast. You can even pair a glass of milk with some of your favorite protein breakfast foods – like eggs – or mix into your own favorite smoothie recipe or even some overnight oats or oatmeal.

Jumpstart your new year by getting 25-30 grams of protein in the morning. Show us how milk and its high-quality protein is part of your #mymorningprotein, and we’ll reward you with milk! Visit to see how you can fill up your cup with milk to get closer to your morning protein goal.

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Footnote: [1] What We Eat in America, NHANES 2009-2010. 2 Layman D. Dietary guidelines should reflect new understandings about adult protein needs. Nutr Metab. 2009; 6: 12.