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MARYLIZ54120 Posts: 286
11/15/13 6:25 P

Great way to get the needed protein, but I wouldn't give my kids one every day. Choose a brand that's all natural.

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,383
11/15/13 5:42 P

Protein bars and granola bars are usually really high in sugar so we don't eat them.

I make my kids something I call breakfast brownie for breakfast and snacks sometimes because they aren't big egg fans and I think they are a nutritional powerhouse. They love it and will eat half the pan in a sitting and they don't realize they are consuming 2 whole eggs in a sitting.

1 mashed very ripe banana
4 eggs
1/4 cup ground almonds (almond flour) You could use all purpose flour.
1/4 cup ground chia seeds
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda

Mix it all together and bake in greased 8x8 pan at 350 for 15-20 minutes until knife comes out clean.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,960
11/15/13 12:38 P

I'm not sure why he has to be careful with dairy, but if it is due to lactose intolerance he may be able to have greek yogurt. It has a good amount of protein and is very portable.

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11/15/13 10:32 A

I don't think there is wrong with giving protein bars to kids. Just be wary about the sugar. So it is best to still do it in moderation.

ALHOOVER81 Posts: 278
11/15/13 9:39 A

to answer your question yes kids can have protein bars. My daughter is 6 and has eaten them for years, and her doctor approved it. I do agree with making your own so it is not full of sugar.

OMENDER Posts: 216
11/15/13 9:37 A

This isn't an answer to your actual question but my kids like peanut butter, too, and cannot bring it to school so I use sunflower seed butter instead. It has the same fat and protein as peanut butter. The brand I have found does have added sugar where my peanut butter does not, but the ingredient list is still very short and works for us.
I have seen cliff bars for kids but I have not used them.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,660
11/15/13 7:47 A

I would think that one serving daily of the higher protein bars, would be fine.
For your younger son, offer it as an after school snack with a glass of soy milk.

Other high protein snacks include:
soy cheese and crackers
soy yogurt and fruit
trail mix with nuts
fruit smoothie made with soy yogurt
1/2 a deli meat sandwich
hardcooked eggs and crackers
hummus and veggies to dip
tuna, chicken, egg salad on toast


Becky
Your SP Registered Dietitian



SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,876
11/15/13 7:42 A

Depends on what kind of Granola bar. It can be loaded with sugar, preservatives,fillers and high in sodium. I don't consider them a good choice for children or adults. Maybe search for a recipe for a healthy...make your own bar.

Eggs and oatmeal are a good source of protein, aw well as, chicken and turkey baked or grilled without the skin, beef with the fat trimmed off and fish. Beans and nuts are also good choices of plant-based proteins. Experiment with grains such as quinoa and kasha which are extremely high in protein. A pork loin chop has protein, Pork offers plenty of protein without too much fat and can sometimes be leaner than chicken. Beef jerky....Barley has soluble and insoluble fiber and barley soup is a good source of protein. Maybe try lamb, lentils, lobster, crab and tuna too. A turkey sandwich with low fat cheese, tomato and lettuce can be an excellent lunch. If your child does not eat animal based products, you can combine different types of plant proteins to ensure that he will get all the amino acids that he needs.

Gouda is a good source of protein and cheese like Cottage cheese, mozzarella, parm and romano have protein. For the older child......Yogurt has protein ....Sunflower seeds have protein & almonds are particularly high in protein.... Pepitas (already shelled pumpkin seeds 1 ounce has 8 grams of protein, pistachios, walnuts, almonds

Hope I helped in a small way.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (76,390)
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11/15/13 7:42 A

I personally avoid commercial granola/protein bars because they contain preservatives and are usually loaded with sugar. It's easy to make your own, I believe Sparkrecipes has quite a few "natural" recipes. Watch how much sugar you add.

There's plenty of other sources of protein; legumes, seeds, tofu, eggs, low fat cheese, yogurt even whole grains will contain more protein than refined grains.

Children up to 8 years old only need 1 serving of meat and alternatives a day. They do not require as much as us adults. If he's older than 2 servings. There is a pretty good chance that he's already getting enough protein in his diet.

I find most children are not fond of meat and that's fine because they don't really need all that much. All three of my children go through phases off and on of snubbing meat or certain types. None of my children really care for eggs but they don't mind if I dip their French toast in it.

Basically, if you give your child a serving of peanut butter (2 tbsp.) as a snack after school (and two eggs if he's older for breakfast), he'll have received his recommended meat & alternatives serving.

Keep serving meat in small amounts and keep encouraging him to try it. Try serving it in different ways; different methods of cooking it, different recipes.

I hear you though. My son is only 5 and nearly as tall as his 5'2 mom (his dad is 6'4) and that kid is non-stop eating around the clock. I give him 2x the food as his sisters for meals. He gobbles it up and 30 minutes later wants to eat again! He's skinny and packs more food away than I do! On top of that he is one of the most pickiest and fickle children ever when it comes to food. He wants to live off PB sandwiches. Luckily, he loves his veg; brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower... weird.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/15/2013 (07:52)
JUNKDRAWER Posts: 1,079
11/15/13 7:19 A

I have one younger child who is not a meat eater, and needs to be careful with dairy products, he is also not allowed nut products at school due to a classmates allergy. It's been a challenge finding protien sources for him. I was wondering if a protien bar, or some of the granola bars that hype their protien content would be ok?

I also have a child that is as tall as me, growing like crazy and always hungry. He has a super busy schedule and it's a long time until dinner for him some nights with sports practices. I'm looking to keep him fed with something satisfying that he can grab quickly.

Are protien bars ok for kids, or is there something in them that would be considered best for "adults only"?

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