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Protein Smoothies for Kids: Proper Protein Consumption for Young Athletes

Protein Smoothies for Kids: Proper Protein Consumption for Young Athletes

Dec 17, 2020

Protein smoothies are convenient, nutrient-packed, and are the perfect solution to make sure your kid on-the-go is getting the necessary amounts of protein. Undoubtedly, protein is essential for the body to build, maintain, and repair cells as well as improve the immune system. As a result ,protein intake will vary among ages, sizes, and activity levels. A general rule of thumb is that kids need about half a gram of protein for every pound that they weigh. For example, if I child weighs 90 pounds they should be consuming about 45 grams of protein each day. For children that are very active, they may need to consume more protein than this average.


Protein Smoothie Recipes

To ensure athletes are consuming a proper amount of protein, try these protein smoothie recipes:

 

Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen ripe banana

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese (Source of Protein)

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (Source of Protein)

 

Orange Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut water

  • 1 cup ice

  • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt (Source of Protein)

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango

  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate

 

Oatmeal Breakfast Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats uncooked (Source of Protein)

  • 1/2 medium banana

  • 3/4 cup frozen mango

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (Source of Protein)

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries

  • 3/4 milk of choice

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Other Sources of Protein

Protein smoothies are great, but it is important to make sure your child is also consuming protein from other protein-packed foods.  For example:

  • Meat

  • Fish

  • Beans

  • Nuts

  • Milk

  • Cheese

  • Eggs

  • Tofu

  • Yogurt 

 


Physical Activity and Food Consumption

Ensuring a healthy, well-balanced diet for your young athlete is very important. Integrating protein, vitamins, water consumption, and carbohydrates into their diet will encourage strength and proper development.  

 

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Share your favorite protein smoothies, pre-game snacks and meals to feed your young athlete via the chat feature in the TeamLinkt app. Accordingly, using TeamLinkt's sports management app can enhance lines of communication, increase knowledge and improve team morale. 

Read more nutrition advice for your young athlete below:

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