What are in the Best Protein Shakes for Kids

If you are like most moms have a kids who is a picky eater, you will also be on the hunt for options to make him or her eat better. It seems that for most kids, a meal consists mainly of milk, french fries, macaroni, and cheese or chicken nuggets. These may be good for the body, but they need much more than this in order to grow.

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A very important nutrient responsible for growth, strength and brain power is protein. One way to look at it is by imagining the body made up of several parts, and one of those parts are body tissues. Proteins are what builds, maintains and replaces those tissues in your body. For kids, they need more proteins to keep their body growing. When are injured, proteins are essential to repair those tissues as well.

Protein is also responsible for making hemoglobin which is what delivers oxygen throughout the body. Safe to say, without proteins, your body will not have any oxygen! Oh no!

The good thing is that you are no stranger to protein. In fact, a lot of food you have in your pantry or refrigerator are good sources of protein. Some examples are peanut butter, cottage cheese, oatmeal, turkey,  chicken breast, lean beef, eggs, edamame, tuna(canned or fresh), salmon, Greek yogurt, sunflower seeds, almond, black beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and milk. The only thing you need to do is be creative enough to feed these to your kid.

For most of the foods above, you can combine them and make soup. Others you can puree and add to pancakes, which are favorites among kids. Another way to make kids eat a good dose of protein is by making smoothies! Smoothies are fun and flavorful. To make it more exciting, let your kids help you in making them or as them what ingredients they want in their smoothie. This way, they will be more excited to drink the smoothie rich in protein and other vitamins and minerals. What are in the best protein shakes for kids, here are some ideas!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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A strawberry banana smoothie can have proteins too! Start with your frozen strawberry and a frozen banana to make a creamy smoothie. Then, add a base of water or milk and a little sugar. You can also use fruit juice instead of milk and water to add a little natural sweetness. Then, to make your smoothie protein-rich, add silken tofu and cottage cheese. Your kids will not even taste the tofu at all. For the cottage cheese, it will just add to the creaminess of the smoothie. This drink will turn pink once blended. The color, though, can be attractive your kid. Another option for this smoothie is to use blueberries which will make a purple drink instead of a pink one.

Papaya Smoothie

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Papayas are generally sweet and very likable for kids. A good papaya smoothie will include frozen papaya, pineapple, and coconut extract. To add proteins, add flax seed and Greek yogurt. This will make an orange drink that is again a delightful color for kids. Serve it by putting sliced papaya on the rim of the glass or cup. Instead of using pineapple, an option is to use oranges.

Banana Smoothie

Frozen bananas are very good for smoothies. They turn out just the color of milk, so the adjustment to the color is not a lot. Obviously, you would want to stay away from too much sugar as much as possible, but in this case, using vanilla yogurt will add to the taste and flavor of the drink. You may also add some flax seeds for a little texture. 

Avocado Smoothie

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Although you want to stay away from anything green since your kid will likely associate green with veggies meaning…yuck! Avocado smoothies are great. You just need to add some Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and sunflower seeds to make it protein rich. Then, add fresh fruit juice for natural sweetness. If you prefer not to use fruit juice, you can add milk and honey as a sweetener. This drink will turn light green and will be very creamy just like ice cream!

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