Milk is a complete protein.
Whether you choose Chocolate 2% Reduced Fat Milk, Whole Milk, 2% Reduced Fat Milk, or Fat Free varieties of a2 Milk®, you're getting protein with each sip. A “complete protein” is one that offers all nine of the essential amino acids that our body can't produce on its own -- and milk fits the description! If you're hesitant to pick up a glass of milk, or use it in your vegetarian meal planning, consider this: a2 Milk® is 100% real milk from local US farms that comes from cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein and no A1. Published research suggests that a2 Milk® may help some people avoid stomach discomfort. Maybe it's time to give milk a try again and see if it fits into your active lifestyle.
Milk helps build bones, muscle, and hair.
As a vegetarian -- or frequent plant-based meal planner -- you know that what we eat and drink has a significant effect on the nourishment of our bodies. Milk has 13 essential nutrients that act as building blocks to support our immune systems, cognitive function, and yes -- strong bones, teeth and muscles. Most men and women should include three cups of milk in their meal planning each day. Ask your primary care physician what's best for your body!
Milk is satiating and versatile for all meals.
Thankfully, it's pretty simple to add the complete nutrition that a2 Milk provides to your vegetarian diet. Of course, you can always pour a chilled glass, but you can also blend it into a fruit smoothie, creamy soup base, or use it in a recipe for dinner, such as this Savory sheet pan tart with zucchini and goat cheese. Milk also shines in vegetarian desserts and snacks! We love to use it in Banana pudding with chocolate ganache, Key lime custard cups, and of course -- our morning beverage of choice, an Orange steamer with vanilla and cinnamon.
Now that you know how milk benefits the body when you've chosen to go meat-free, incorporate it into your meal planning each week. Here are more recipe ideas to tempt your palate! Enjoy!