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How much protein does your child need and what are the best food sources of protein?

Disclosure: I am happy to bring you this sponsored post today, thanks to Alberta Milk. All thoughts are my own.

Are you worried that your child doesn’t get enough protein? If you’re the parent of a young child, this is a common concern. Especially if you have a picky selective eater.

In this blog, I’ll discuss why your child needs protein, how much they need, where to get it and share a protein-rich breakfast recipe.

Why is protein important?

Protein is the building block of the entire body. Muscles, organs and the immune system all need protein.

It also helps to keep us feeling full, so it’s good to offer protein at each meal and snack.

How much protein does your child need?

To figure out how much protein your child needs, take their weight in pounds and divide by two. For example, a 40 pound child needs about 20 grams of protein per day.

For children of average weight, this works out to about 13 grams of protein per day for 1-3 year olds. And 19 grams per day for a 4-8 year old.

What does this look like in terms of food and meal choices? Read on:

Amount of Protein in Foods

Beef, 1 oz (1/3 of the size of a deck of cards) = 7g

Chicken, 1 oz = 9g

Eggs, 1 = 6g

Cooked Lentils, 1/4 cup = 4.5g

Hemp hearts, 1 Tbsp = 3g

Peanut butter, 2 Tbsp = 7g

Cow’s Milk, 1 cup = 8g

Cottage Cheese, 1/2 cup = 11.5g

Greek Yogurt, 70g (1 individual  container) = 17g

Cheese, 30g/1oz = 7g

Example Day of Food

I’ve broken down a sample day of 3 meals and 2 snacks for a young child, with estimates of protein.


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