These days, “healthy eating” seems to mean “eat all of the protein, with some protein powder sprinkled on top.” This can be super stressful for parents who worry their kids aren’t big fans of meat or beans (or protein powder!). And it really messes with pregnant ladies’ heads, as if eating isn’t tricky enough during those months. We cut through the marketing hype and misinformation to share some solid info on how much protein you need…and why this is actually one thing we can relax about.
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How Much Protein Do We Really Need?
The average toddler only needs 2 servings of protein per day and a serving is 1/2-1 egg, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of milk…which means that your little kid is probably getting as much protein as they need without you even trying! And us adults need just one source of protein with each of our meals—not triple digit grams every day! (Unless you’re an endurance athlete of course.)
Best Sources of Protein for Kids
One of my most-requested posts is this one [LINK?] about kids and protein. It has a handy chart protein that breaks down amounts in common sources of protein, which may be useful if you’re worried your kids aren’t getting enough. We also love adding hemp seeds to smoothies. But remember that you don’t need to overdo it—if your kiddo is drinking 2-3 servings of milk a day, or is having some cheese, yogurt or peanut butter with each meal or snack, they’re likely getting enough.
Pregnancy and Protein
There’s a kind of Internet urban legend out there that pregnant women need to eat 100 grams of protein per day—which we both found to be mostly impossible! (Especially if morning sickness has turned you off meat.) We did some digging and can’t find an original reputable source for that figure anywhere. Which has us wondering how it came to be…and why women are getting one more thing to obsess over during an already stressful time of life. Thoughts?
Cheesy Meat Buns!
Seriously people, these—which are basically a roll with cheesy meat inside—are so good! (See above.) And are an excellent way to serve meat to kids who otherwise have a hard time chewing it since they are super moist and soft.
The Best Flavor of Rx Bar
We talked about who Rx Bars were designed for (hint: Not toddlers!) and Virginia had some very strong feelings. I do like the Chocolate Sea Salt and Blueberry flavors, and often have one in my bag in case I’m out somewhere and am suddenly starving. But I’ll acknowledge that I find the Kids Rx Bars too darn chewy for even older kiddos.
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