Why you should cook with some packaged foods—and how a once maligned fat is staging a comeback.
Frozen-milk cubes will change your morning.
Thrifty cooks freeze everything from ginger
—but milk is where many of them used to draw the line, since the dairy tends to separate when it thaws, and isn't ideal for drinking. But milk that's been frozen does not lose any of its nutritional value
—which is why smoothie enthusiasts pour milk they know they may not finish before it goes bad into ice cube trays. Then, they pop a few blocks out and add them to a blender with fruit; the frozen milk keeps the smoothie cold and thickens it nicely.
Make an egg scramble instead (and not just for the protein).
You've probably heard that even whole-grain cereals can have hidden sugars, but we were shocked to learn that such a seemingly good-for-you food can have 5 teaspoons of sugar (and milk adds another 2). The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than about 6 teaspoons a day of added sugar
, so you could be over the suggested amount before you even get to lunch. You're better off with a few over-easy eggs and turkey bacon, or scrambled eggs with broccoli florets. These options aremuch lower in sugar and have the added bonus of delivering protein, which will help keep you full longer.