I Hated Milk Until I Tried This Hack from Katie Lee

Berry milk has totally changed my life.

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For as long as I can remember, I've never liked milk. As a kid, I tried skim, whole, low-fat, soy — nothing appealed to me. As an adult, the only beverage I drink with milk of any kind is coffee. (Seriously, don't even think about putting milk in my cup of tea.) I've probably had one bowl of cereal with milk in my entire life and I always make my oatmeal with water. Nothing has changed my habits in close to three decades, but 2020 might be the decade that I make some concessions when it comes to milk.

Recently, I watched Katie Lee's Berry Banana Grain Bowl class on the Food Network Kitchen app where she made a homemade berry milk to top her warm breakfast grain bowl. For the first time in my life, I found myself interested in giving milk a try.

Berry Banana Grain Bowl, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.

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"Berry milk" is a simple combination of two cups of mixed berries (fresh or frozen and thawed) to one cup almond milk (or another milk of your choice). The two ingredients are blended up until smooth, creating a beautiful berry-colored liquid the same consistency of milk, but with a way better flavor. It's slightly sweet, a little tart and more drinkable than a smoothie. Katie says you could make this milk ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to four days, or freeze it until you're ready to use it again.

While I don't always have time to make a grain bowl in the morning, I am excited to try using berry milk to top instant oatmeal or even as the liquid in overnight oats. A glass would also make a great afternoon snack when you need a little pick-me-up.

The one thing this milk can't do? Flavor my morning coffee.

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