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Milk Makes Holiday Breakfasts More Merry and Bright

Created: 12/18/2013 9:25 AM KAALtv.com

The holiday season brings celebrations including those at breakfast.  Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will share how to build a better breakfast that will fill guests with joy and health this holiday season.

Milk is Essential at Holiday Breakfasts

  • Milk delivers nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of protein, which is more than one egg.  Those nutrients build strong bones and teeth while supporting healthy blood pressure.  Only 15% of Americans are reaching the goal of three servings/day.    
  • Milk is a breakfast powerhouse and is key in building a balanced MyPlate breakfast over the holiday season.  Include milk on your holiday breakfast menu along with cheese and yogurt to strive for three/day.  
  • Fat-free milk has the same nine essential nutrients and can be used in holiday breakfast recipes including a Made-to-Order Smoothie Bar and Elegant Bacon Broccoli Quiche.  

Find delicious and nutritious holiday breakfast recipes at www.thebreakfastproject.com and strive for three servings of dairy each day through the holidays.

Easy Peach Smoothies

Serves 2.

All you need:

1-1/2 cups fat-free milk

2-1/2 cups frozen peaches

2 Tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 cup ice

All you do:

Pulse milk, peaches, honey and vanilla in a blender until combined.  Add ice and blend until smooth.  

Elegant Cheesy Bacon Broccoli Quiche

Makes 6 servings.

1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli with cheese sauce

3 slices turkey bacon, chopped

½ cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup chopped green onions

1 (9-inch) pie shell

4 eggs

1 cup fat-free milk

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the broccoli and cheese sauce in the microwave according to package directions; set aside to cool slightly. Cook bacon, mushrooms, and green onions in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until bacon is cooked through and mushrooms are tender. 
  2. Cut 6 circles (the width of a drinking glass) out of pastry dough.  Place in the bottom of a individual pie dish, ramekin or other oven-safe individual dish.  Place all dishes on a baking sheet.  Scatter bacon mixture in the bottom of the pie shell. 
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk, then stir in the broccoli and cheese sauce along with the Cheddar cheese. Evenly pour mixture into pie shells and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until center is just set and a knife blade comes out clean when inserted into the center of the quiche. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the leading nutrition professional organization in the country.