By Kate Horney
I know the value of protein shakes for moms, but what about protein shakes for kids?
This was a big question I had when my boys hit their “picky eater” stage. I breastfed both boys past their first birthday. From there, I transitioned them to healthy toddler friendly foods and it went smoothly. But somewhere out of the blue…
BAM!! All aboard the train to picky-ville.
My fear was that my picky eaters might not be getting the the proper amount nutrition that they need – both micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (proteins, carbs and fats). As a nutrition coach and fitness professional, I know that protein is essential for healthy kids to grow and develop, so I began a hunt for a kid-friendly nutritional shake.
According to the latest standards for Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs), the amount of protein required by young children and teens may exceed that of adults. Children and teens need extra protein to support rapid growth. The amount depends on factors such as age, body weight and activity level. However, children and teens should get 10 to 35 percent of their total daily calories from protein in order to support normal health, growth and muscular development.
With that said: protein + nutrition is important.
But I know that adult protein shakes are not right for children on a daily basis. High levels of protein intake for kids can may lead to dehydration, kidney damage, and increased excretion of calcium, which puts kids at risk for kidney stones. So if it was something we’d use regularly, we needed something that was designed for THEM.
My search for protein shakes for kids landed me here: KidzShake!
Why do we love it?
1. Great energy booster
2. Jam packed with nutrients to make your kids healthier
3. Boosts your natural immune system
4. Full of disease fighting antioxidants
5 Fast and easy
For breakfast, you can replace sugary cereals with a delicious and nutritious shake! You can do the same for snacks – replacing potato chips or crackers with a vitamin-packed KidzShake! It is a healthy snack that can boost the nutritional intake of everyone in the family, and it’s 100% kid approved. Moms – I promise, both you and your kids will love it. You’ll feel fantastic knowing that they’re getting 100% nutrition in their daily diet. Created by a pediatrician (a mom herself), Dr. Rach wrote: “As a doctor and a mother, I couldn’t think of a better and easier product for my children. KidzShake gives kids all the vitamins and nutrients they need in one easy and delicious shake. By using KidzShake for breakfast and as an afternoon snack, I can significantly reduce my kids’ sugar intake and improve their health”.
Looking for a super healthy alternative to traditional chocolate milk, KidzShake is perfectly yummy with just water in a shaker bottle or in a blender, but here is a fun recipe to get some extra whole foods into your kids “chocolate milk”.
- 4 scoops of chocolate KidzShake
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 1 cup of chilled water
- Blend on high for at least 60 seconds to get really frothy!!
- Serve immediately
- Organic Grass Fed Whey Protein
- 17 Essential Vitamins & Minerals
- Added Probiotics, Enzymes, Omega-3’s, & Fiber
- Zero Sugar
- Kid Approved Taste
Warren loves his straight from a bottle, and Jackson is super proud (big boy status!) when he can mix his own protein shake up in his cup!
- 4 scoops of Chocolate KidzShake
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- ½ medium banana
- 1 cup of coconut water (can be replaced with water or milk)
- ½ cup of crushed ice
- Blend on high for 30-60 seconds.
- 4 scoops of Vanilla KidzShake
- 1/3 cup of cherries, fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup of strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 handful of leafy greens
- 1 cup of water
- Blend on high for 30-60 seconds
- garnish with unsweetened coconut and chia seeds
P.S. Need more healthy kid- friendly recipes? Here are a few of our favorite.
Note for mamas: To help boost your child’s protein and nutrition intake, look first for ways to help them improve their diet. I see protein shakes for kids and other nutritional supplements as small rocks – things that should be used to supplement a diet.
Supplements are not designed to be replacements. Use protein shakes for kids as a supplement while you’re dealing with picky eaters, but continue to focus on whole foods and teaching your kids healthy habits that will last them for life!
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