The Healthy Parent’s Guide to Protein for Kids

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Protein is important for children. Strong, healthy bodies need protein to grow. Constant activities, sports, and play require protein for repairing and building muscles. And all the movement needs energy.

That’s why your child wants to eat constantly. Growing children eat six to seven times a day, refueling for their constant learning and developing. According to HealthEating.SFgate.com, with adequate protein, children pay attention better, retain information longer, and experience less injury and illness. What parent doesn’t want that?

So that’s why they need plenty of protein. It is tempting to let them grab a cookie or even an apple every time they need a snack, but young bodies need more. Give them the protein they need for their vigorous day of challenges by stocking up on these quick and easy protein treats.

Tuna Dip

Mix a can of tuna with light mayonnaise, pickle relish, and shaved carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. The tuna dip keeps in a covered container for several days. Enjoy it with sliced vegetables like celery or broccoli, or serve with whole grain crackers or toast squares.

Chicken Quesadillas

Keep some shredded chicken in the refrigerator, or slice some leftover chicken for a tasty, cheese snack. Simply warm a tortilla with shredded cheese and chicken in a skillet until cheese is melted and tortilla begins to crisp. Serve with salsa for dipping.

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is a childhood favorite by itself, but it is even more fun with fruit. Dip apple or peach slices in cottage cheese, or serve a small bowl with pineapple on top. This is a great way to satisfy a craving for sweets while keeping young tummies satisfied longer with protein.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Keep a dozen hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator for a quick grab-and-go snack. Change the pace once in a while by chopping up the egg, mixing with light mayonnaise, and serving with pita chips.

Chocolate Milk

Next time your child asks for soft drinks with dinner, mix some chocolate into his milk instead. Milk provides valuable calcium for his strong bones in addition to a boost of protein. It’s a tasty treat that makes a great snack on the way to sports practice, too.

Peanut Butter Drizzle

Next time your child wants an ice cream treat, add some protein and some fun with this delightfully delicious topping.

Protein Bars

Replace the snack bags, cookies, and cereal bars with a healthy supply of delicious protein bars, instead. Yummy enough for dessert in school lunches and satisfying enough for a pre-game snack, protein bars pack a powerful supply of energy for growing bodies.

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