Protein Shakes for Kids

Read on for protein shake recipes for kids.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani Mar 10, 2019
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When it comes to protein shakes for kids, health experts have different opinions. According to them, the average American diet contains more than sufficient amounts of protein. Hence, serving protein shakes or protein powder is not at all essential for children. Otherwise, the excess proteins in the body will be converted and stored in the form of fats.
In the true sense, active children and those having problem of malabsorption will benefit from these shakes. They not only contain protein, but they are also rich sources of vitamins, minerals, essential fats, and many other nutrients.

Recipes

As childhood obesity is on the rise, responsible parents should plan their child's diet properly. The daily protein requirement for children depends on their age, body weight, and activeness.
Based on the age, the daily requirement for a 1-3 year old kid is 0.55 g per pound body weight; whereas for age groups 4-6 years, the requirement is 0.50 g per pound body weight. If you think your child's diet lacks this nutrient, and your child needs high protein diet, here are some recipes for kids, which you can try out.

With Milk

Ingredients:
  • Ice cubes - 1 cup
  • Milk (or soy milk) - 1½ cup
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries (rinsed) - ½ cup
  • Unsweetened yogurt - ¼ cup
  • Whey protein - 1 scoop
  • Wheat germ - 1 tablespoon
  • Honey - 2 teaspoons
  • Ice cream - 1 scoop
  • Fresh fruit slices - as required
Preparation:
  • First, start with crushing the ice cubes in an electric blender.
  • Add some water to the ice, and blend for a few minutes.
  • To this, add milk or soy milk (for pure vegetarians). You can substitute ½ cup milk with water for reduced calorie count.
  • After mixing for 2-3 minutes, add strawberries and unsweetened yogurt to the liquid mixture.
  • Stir in the wheat germ and whey protein, and lastly, add a scoop of ice cream to add a smooth texture.
  • For imparting a sweet taste, add honey to the protein shake.
  • Decorate with fresh fruit slices, and serve in a tall glass with a straw in it.

With Fruits

Ingredients:
  • Banana (peeled and diced) - ½ the fruit
  • Orange juice - of 3 medium oranges
  • Ripe strawberries or blueberries (washed) - 4-6
  • Ripe mango (peeled, pitted, and diced) - 1
  • Good quality protein powder - 1 scoop
Preparation:
  • Gather the given ingredients, and prepare them as stated.
  • You can change the fruit items as per your kid's choices, except that the flavors should be matched.
  • In a clean electric mixer, add the fruits, juice, and the protein powder.
  • Blend for 4-5 minutes, or until you get a smooth concoction. Pour in glasses and serve.

With Honey

Ingredients:
  • Soy milk - 1 cup
  • Ripe banana (peeled and diced) - 1
  • Protein powder - 1 scoop
  • Honey - 1 teaspoon
  • Almond butter - 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract - 1 drop
  • Ice cubes (optional)
Preparation:
  • In a mixer, add ice cubes (if you are using them), soy milk, and banana.
  • Run the mixer for 3-4 minutes, till you get a consistently thick mixture.
  • Stir in protein powder, honey, almond butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix well and serve.
If you are thinking of preparing homemade protein shakes for kids to gain weight, remember to keep a note of the daily calorie intake and diet menu. A practical solution is to consult a dietitian and seek advice about the daily calorie intake required for optimal growth.
That way, you can have a brief idea whether serving these shakes is required or not. If the response is yes, then go for it. Prepare them in different flavors, and they will surely love having them.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
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