Many people reach for a sugary breakfast because it's quick
and easy during the morning rush. But they may not realize a balanced breakfast that includes protein can be quick and
Building a balanced breakfast that includes protein is as easy
as 1-2-3! Help your child be at their best by starting the day
with a balanced meal that includes protein along with a low-
fat/fat free glass of milk and a serving of strawberries or apple slices.
Protein, carbohydrate and fat are the primary energy sources for your body.1 A healthful diet should include all of these sources of energy and essential vitamins and minerals to function properly and maintain energy.1 Protein is an important part of a balanced diet, particularly for kids because it provides the building blocks they need to grow and stay healthy.1
Protein as an essential nutrient
Protein is an essential nutrient that helps keep your body going. It’s a building block for cellular development and maintenance, contributing to overall muscle preservation and health.1,6,7
On average, only 15 percent of Americans’ daily protein intake comes from breakfast3 and 43 percent comes from dinner.4 There is an opportunity to shift the balance by increasing the amount of protein at breakfast while still maintaining a balanced diet.
Not all proteins are created equal. Protein sources vary widely in their nutritional value. High-quality or complete proteins contain all the essential amino acids people need. It is recommended to eat high-quality proteins that are
lower in saturated fat and to eat a variety of proteins from a variety of sources.1 Turkey, milk, yogurt, pork, beef, eggs, cheese, fish and chicken are all examples of high-quality proteins.
As suggested by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Click here to learn more.
*A balanced breakfast includes fat-free/low-fat dairy, whole-grain, fruit and/or vegetable. This content is for informational purposes only.
Not intended to provide medical advice.