September is Better Breakfast Month – the perfect time to revamp your breakfast routine! Starting the day with a healthy breakfast can get you and your family on track to make better choices throughout the day and curb overeating at other meals.

Dairy foods – including cow’s milk, yogurt, and cheese – pack a powerful nutrient punch with nine essential nutrients, making them a healthy choice to include in your morning meal. To help you do so, I asked several of my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist pals to share their favorite dairy-containing breakfast recipe. Here are their delicious and nutritious picks that will get you through the entire week!

Monday: Blueberry Pancake Yogurt Parfait

blueberry parfait

“The combination of protein from the yogurt, fiber from the chia seeds, and sweetness from the blueberries helps to fill you up, for steady energy throughout the day. It’s the perfect nutrient packed morning comfort food that every member of your household will love.” – Erin Palinski-Wade, RDN, CDE, LDN, CPT, author of 2 Day Diabetes Diet

See the full recipe here


Tuesday: Cheesy Egg & Apple Breakfast Bake

“One of our favorite breakfast recipes is our Cheesy Egg & Apple Breakfast Bake. It’s food at its’ finest with the perfect mix of sweet and savory. It feels decadent and indulgent but it’s healthy with only 203 calories a serving, 21 satisfying grams of protein, and a dose of bone-building calcium!” – The Nutrition Twins, Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT & Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT, authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure and co-founders of 21-Day Body Reboot TM

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Wednesday: Apricot Ricotta Breakfast Sundae

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“Getting enough protein at breakfast can be a real challenge. Ricotta cheese makes it easy whether it’s in a sundae like this one or as a substitute for cream cheese on whole wheat toast or a bagel.” – Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN, author of Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging: Stay Younger, Live Longer and Contributing Editor, Woman’s Day Magazine

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Thursday: Simple Protein Pancakes

“As a mom of three, morning is a very busy time.  If I want my kids to leave for school well-fueled with a nutrient-rich meal, I need to make sure it’s easy to eat and ready-to-go. That’s why these protein-packed pancakes are a favorite in my house.  They are a balanced blend of fiber-rich carbohydrates, high-quality protein, and loads of vitamins and minerals, all mixed up into one healthy meal. I double the recipe below and freeze them in plastic bags, making it easy for the kids to have a quick, nourishing meal before school. They just have to grab from the freezer, heat, eat and go.” – Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CEO/Nutrition Consultant at Nutrition CheckUp and author of Fueling Young Athletes

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Friday: Artichoke, Spinach & Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip/Spread

“I’m in love with cream cheese! But I realized it needed a face-lift in protein, especially if I wanted my morning to start right. So, I decided to add Greek yogurt, which keeps me productive and satisfied. Best of all, I find myself reaching lunchtime without any sweet cravings.” – Jonathan Valdez, MBA, RDN, CSG, CDN, CCM, ACE-CPT, owner of Genki Nutrition

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Visit our recipe section for more delicious breakfast recipes to start your morning off right, and click here for a fun way to whip up a nutritious breakfast, either at home or on-the-go.