This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The a2 Milk Company™. All opinions are 100% mine.
In Denmark where we grew up, milk is considered an essential part of children’s nutrition and all schools have milk freely available for the kids at lunchtime. Even most adults regularly drink milk. I used to drink at least a glass of milk daily until we moved to the US.
Drinking milk as a kid makes a lot of sense since milk is a great source of protein, calcium and potassium, all things a growing child needs. However, many people experience that they get less able to enjoy milk as they get older because they lose the ability to properly digest it, leading to bloating and gas after drinking milk.
I think this is a real shame, as consuming milk (and dairy in general) in moderate amounts is great for adults too. This is why we agreed to promote a2 Milk® on TheFitBlog with this recipe. a2 Milk® is a new brand of milk from cows that don’t have the protein (called A1) that causes some people discomfort when drinking milk, but only another type of protein (called A2) that is easier to digest.
In a normal herd, most of the cows produce milk with the A1 protein. What the a2 Milk® Company has done is simply to test the cows and create herds with only the A2-producing cows. It’s still completely ordinary milk, just without the A1 protein. IMPORTANT: a2 Milk® won’t make a difference for you if you are really lactose intolerant (meaning you are allergic to milk), but if you are one of the millions of people who just have a hard time digesting milk, give it a try. The a2 Milk® is also certified hormone, antibiotic and rBST free, so it’s a great alternative to regular milk, even for people who can tolerate milk.
a2 Milk® is available in half gallon cartons with an SRP of $4.49 throughout California in Whole Foods, Ralph’s, Sprouts, Gelson’s and more. Varieties include whole milk, reduced fat 2%, low fat 1% and fat-free. The company is diligently working toward nationwide distribution, and you can check their Product Locator for the most up to date information on where to buy.
Breakfast Crepes With Smoked Salmon
The a2 Milk® Company asked us to develop a series of recipes with a2 Milk®, and the first thing we thought of was using it for a classic Sunday brunch: Breakfast Crepes with Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs. This is something we make quite often because it tastes amazing and is a super healthy start to an active day. It’s also really easy and quick to make. A single serving has 420 calories, 41.2 g protein, 22.6 g carbs, and 18.5 g healthy fats. A fitness breakfast doesn’t get much better than that.
- Serves: 2 servings
- Calories: 411
- Fat: 18.4 g
- Saturated fat: 4.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 22.6 g
- Sugar: 7.5 g
- Fiber: 2.4 g
- Protein: 41.2 g
- 0.3 cup fat-free a2 Milk®
- 0.3 cup whole grain flour
- 0.3 cup egg whites
- 1 whole egg
- Snippet salt
- ½ cup fat-free a2 Milk®
- 4 whole eggs
- 5.25 oz. (150) g smoked salmon
- 1 oz. red onion
- Tomato (if desired)
- Whisk together the crepe ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Pour about ⅓ cup batter onto a hot small pan and cook the crepe for approximately 1 minute on each side. I got four crepes out of my batter.
- Set the crepes aside (the crepes will stay fresh in the fridge for several days)
- Whisk together eggs, a2 Milk®, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and pour on a hot pan
- Move the egg mixture around with a spatula while it cooks to make scrambled eggs. It should only take 2-5 minutes depending on how dry you want your eggs
- Slice the red onion finely
- Place salmon, onion and capers on the crepes and sprinkle with chopped chives.