Protein
is an essential nutrient; it promotes muscle growth and provides the
amino acids necessary for a strong body and mind. Unfortunately, many
children are protein-deficient with their diets, namely because they
don’t like eating high-protein foods.
It is
advised that children and teenagers get at least ½ gram of protein
for every pound that they weigh – if you are having trouble getting
your child to reach the recommended daily amount, try using these
recipes.
Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Peanut
butter and jelly, peanut butter and banana, peanut butter and fluff,
peanut butter and Nutella – the list goes on and on. Kids love
peanut butter, which is good because it is rich in protein and
healthy lipids. Serve on whole wheat bread for added nutritional
value.
Daily Dose of Dairy
Dairy
(especially that of the low-fat variety) is not only plentiful in
calcium, but protein as well. Kids can get their daily dose by
washing down those peanut butter sandwiches with a glass of milk or
snacking on a cheese stick or a cup of yogurt.
Beef Jerky
Besides
being absolutely delicious, just one piece of beef jerky can boast up
to 7 grams of protein. Snacking on just a few pieces of beef jerky
per day could have your child well on their way to an adequate amount
of protein.
Shakes & Smoothies
There
is no denying it – kids have a sweet tooth; satisfy their craving
with a healthy smoothie or shake. Combine fresh fruit, milk, and
yogurt in a blender for a sweet snack that is also high in protein.
Adding in a scoop of whey protein can also increase the protein
content by up to 25 grams!
All the
protein in the world is still no good without physical activity. Kids
in Connecticut can get their daily exercise at Insports Centers.
Located in Trumbull, we are home to the area’s largest indoor turf
field and multiple hardwood courts. We run leagues and instructional
programs year-round for athletes of all ages and sports; learn more
by visiting our website.