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)
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