Protein Smoothies for Children

by Maggie McCormick

Smoothies appeal to even the pickiest of palates, so if you're having trouble getting your child to eat high-protein foods, consider supplementing with a protein smoothie. From fruity tastes to creamy shakes, a protein smoothie packs nutrition in an easily portable cup. Experiment with adding protein powder, tofu, yogurt and other high-protein items in your smoothies.

Fruity Protein Blast

For each serving, mix 1 cup orange juice, three frozen strawberries and a handful of blueberries, along with a choice of extra protein, like 1/4 cup cottage cheese, a scoop of protein powder or a serving of silken tofu. Change the taste by using different types of juices as the base and adding different types of fruits. If fruits are frozen first, the smoothie will be creamier.

Soy Delicious Banana Shake

Blend 1 cup of chocolate or vanilla soy milk with a full banana and 1/4 cup cottage cheese. The result is a thick, creamy burst of protein to start your child's day.

Protein Milk Shake

If your kids love milkshakes, they'll love this healthy twist. Start with 1 cup of milk, a scoop of protein powder and one-third package of instant pudding mix. Add four to six ice cubes and blend together. You'll have a "milkshake" that packs more protein and has less sugar than the traditional blends.

Dinosaur Juice

If you have trouble getting your kids to eat their green vegetables, hide them in this delicious smoothie. Pour 1 cup of apple juice into the blender and add a banana and a scoop of protein powder. Then, fill the rest of the blender with leafy green vegetables, like spinach and romaine lettuce. When you blend it together, the juice will look green, but the banana overpowers the flavor of the vegetables.

Banana Nut Shake

Using milk as the base, add a frozen banana and 1 tbsp. peanut butter. This creates a banana milk shake with a hint of peanut taste. If your child prefers, you can add a bit of chocolate syrup to make it a chocolate shake.

About the Author

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.

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