Shake up your child’s breakfast!
A recent survey conducted by a leading natural health magazine in Canada reported that over 50% of people began their day with a smoothie. They are fast and convenient and can be loaded with nutrition. Unfortunately many are missing a critical component and that is protein. A smoothie made of fruit and juice may energize you initially but within hours your blood sugar will dip and you will be reaching for anything to give you a boost. Adding a high quality protein powder to your smoothie creates sustainable energy and supports the whole body. This is especially important for children as a high sugar breakfast leads to concentration issues at school and a predisposition to weight issues.
There are plenty of protein powders on the market but deciding which one is right for you can be difficult. Vegan protein is an ideal choice versus dairy or egg protein which many are allergic to. That said some vegan protein powders are better than others. The first consideration is taste, especially if children are going to be using it. Vegan proteins have come a long way in terms of taste however look for one that is naturally flavorued and sweetened with xylitol and/or stevia instead of sugar or chemical artificial sweeteners like sucralose. The next consideration is the source of the vegan protein. Common sources are soy, hemp, rice, pea, and cranberry. Many health practitioners are steering their clients away from soy and rice protein for various reasons. A new trend is a grain-free blend of proteins like FitSMART Vegan Protein Shake by Renew Life. Blending an assortment of proteins (hemp, pea, chia and cranberry) allows for a nice texture and taste. FitSMART Vegan Protein is not only grain-free but it is also gluten free, soy-free and GMO-free. It delivers 20 grams of protein per serving and has a taste that children will enjoy.
Another thing that children need is fibre. Constipation is the most common digestive health issue for children so it is important to make sure they are getting enough dietary fibre and a smoothie is a great way to do this. In order to figure out how many grams of fibre per day your child needs use this simple calculation: age of child + 5 = amount of fibre required per day. For example, a five year old child would need 10 grams. With children, as with adults, it is important to ensure they are drinking plenty of water so that fibre can do its job. FitSMART Vegan Protein shake has a whopping 10 grams of prebiotic fibre in each serving. Prebiotics help to feed the good bacteria in the gut. Speaking of which, we can’t forget probiotics in the quest for good digestive health. FloraBABY is a probiotic powder that can be easily mixed into smoothies. Don’t let the “baby” in the name fool you, this formula is perfect right into teenage years! Last but not least, round out that healthy breakfast with omega-3 DHA for healthy brain function! Norwegian Gold Kids DHA offers children a delicious tiny chewable softgel that packs beneficial levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA along with vitamin D for strong bones.
A smoothie made with water, low sugar fruit like berries and a vegan protein shake mix is a great start to the day. Try these delicious recipes that the whole family will enjoy!
Fresh Berry Blast
1 cup of filtered water
½ cup of frozen mixed berries
1 scoop of Vegan Protein shake mix (Pomegranate Berry or Vanilla flavour)
Blend until smooth and frothy.
Chocolate Nut Delight
½ cup of filtered water
½ cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop of Vegan Protein shake mix (chocolate flavour)
1 tablespoon of peanut or almond butter
Blend until smooth, serve over ice.