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. Protein is essential for the body to build, maintain, and repair cells as well as improve the immune system. Protein intake will vary among ages, sizes, and activity levels but 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 they are consuming a proper amount of protein try these protein smoothie recipes:
Almond Butter and Banana Protein Smoothie
1 frozen ripe banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter (Source of Protein)
1/4 cup cottage cheese (Source of Protein)
Orange Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt (Source of Protein)
1/2 cup frozen mango
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup ice
Oatmeal Breakfast Protein Smoothie
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats uncooked (Source of Protein)
1/2 medium banana
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (Source of Protein)
3/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 milk of choice
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 such as:
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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