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(Posted on ChesterCountyMoms.com - June 19, 2013)
If you have picky eaters on your hands, you may worry about whether or not your kids are getting the nutrients they need. Protein is one component you definitely don't want your little ones passing up - protein is important for growth and development during childhood. Just how much protein, though, do your kiddos need to grow big and strong? You'll find out here along with some tasty ideas that might just have them crying, "More, please!"
Proteins are the building blocks that repair and maintain a healthy body. A balanced meal of lean protein, fiber-rich fruits and veggies along with unsaturated fats will provide long-lasting energy and keep your kids feeling fuller longer.
How much protein should children have each day?
Chances are, they're getting enough protein in the foods they already eat. If your kiddos turn their noses up at any type of meat, they are more than likely finding protein in other food sources. Dairy foods, grains and veggies are good sources that you may not think of as traditional proteins.
According to KidsHealth from Nemours, a 70 lb. child should have about 35 grams of protein each day. So, how much is 35 grams? Here's how your little ones can add it all up:
Check out these protein-packed foods and see if your kids are on the right track:
But my kids are picky...VERY picky.
I've never met a kid who didn't like chicken nuggets - while nuggets may not be the absolute healthiest option, the protein power in chicken is something to be grateful for. Here are some ideas for protein-packed meals all day long:
If you think you have a child who is still not getting enough protein, check with your pediatrician. Protein is a necessary nutrient for all age groups, so having your children learn to enjoy protein-filled foods at an early age is important. Remember, don't be afraid to get creative with your approach - if you have to be sneaky, your kids may never find those mashed up cannellini beans mixed into their mashed potatoes.
Last Updated: 6/20/2013