Getting kids to eat healthy is a constant struggle for parents today. Many of us here at the tera’swhey® face this struggle on a daily basis and would love to offer a few ideas that might help you add a little extra nutrition to your child’s diet. Yes, you guessed it…it starts with including tera’swhey® as a part of your child’s healthy eating regime.
Protein is an important part of a child’s diet. It has been shown to aid in the growth and development of many vital biological systems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 to 35 percent of a person’s daily calorie intake should come from protein. With that in mind, it recommends that children ages one to three consume 13 g of protein per day, ages of four and eight, 19 g, ages 9 to 13, 34 g and teenagers from 46g to 52g (female – 46 and male 52).
With those facts in mind, you are probably thinking, “there is no way I am going to get my picky eater to gulp down that amount of any type of protein, let alone a protein shake.” Have you tried our Organic Fair Trade Dark Chocolate whey protein flavor?! The taste of real dark chocolate is heavenly! While we would respectfully argue that your child might actually enjoy a tera’swhey® protein shake, there are many other ways you can incorporate whey protein into your child’s diet.
Perhaps your child is a pancake lover….why not add some tera’swhey® grass fed organic plain protein powder to their pancakes? Stir in some dark chocolate chips…and you have a breakfast that is high in protein, calcium and a host of other important nutrients and even more important, it is delicious! Does your child love muffins? Add tera’swhey® to the dry ingredients of their favorite muffin recipe. They will thank you in hugs and kisses, while you rest easy knowing that your child is getting a protein boost from a most unlikely source.
In the end, tera’swhey® is all about offering healthy alternatives that can be incorporated into a diet balanced with other nutritionally sound choices. Continue to encourage your child to try a variety of food choices…and when in doubt add some tera’swhey® to their favorites until they develop a palette for all the delicious foods this world has to offer.
Here’s a recipe you can try:
Banana Chocolate Chip Power Muffins
1 scoop tera’swhey® Organic Plain or Bourbon Vanilla Protein Powder
1 large ripe banana
1⁄2 cup applesauce
1 cup oats
2 cups oat flour
4 egg whites
1⁄2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 cup chopped dark chocolate pieces or dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line muffin tins. Using a potato masher, mash bananas until they are an even consistency. Add egg whites and yogurt, continuing to mash until incorporated. Add oats and oat flour and mix thoroughly. Add all remaining ingredients and blend together until the batter is a gooey consistency. If it is too thick add a small amount of water and remix until desired texture is achieved.
Add two heaping spoons of batter to each muffin cup (cups should be about 1/3 to 1⁄2 full). Bake muffins for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Yields 12 medium sized muffins.
For more delicious ideas using tera’swhey® visit our recipes page.