Even the best chef can become overwhelmed dealing with fussy eaters. Mothers know it’s hard to please everyone at the dinner table, especially children. Kids can be the toughest food critics of all. In fact, small children may refuse to try a new food based solely on its appearance, smell or texture. Dinner time can become more like a war zone with parents battling the picky eater who keeps insisting, “I’m not eating this!”
Vegetables can be an especially hard sell. Vegetables are important for a child’s nutrition because of the nutrients, vitamins and protein. So if you live with a young person who refuses to eat his or her vegetables, don’t worry. There are several creative ways to ensure that your little one is getting the proper nutrition.
First, learn the facts about the important role of protein in your child’s development. Teach your child the nutritional facts as well, so that he or she will understand why you are making such a big deal about it. Over time, they will learn the importance of eating a healthy diet that includes vegetables. Be consistent and keep reminding them of the nutritional benefits of eating healthy foods.
So, What Are the Facts?
According to Baylor College of Medicine, healthy children between the ages of 1-3 need 0.55 grams of protein per pound of body weight. The RDA’s for older kids are 0.5 grams of protein per pound for 5 and 6 year olds, 0.45 grams for children around the ages of 8 and 13, and 0.4 grams for teenage boys 18 and younger. Once girls and boys are over age 18, they require the same amount as adults.
Sources of protein are found in dairy products, grain and vegetables as well as animal products. But again, what if you live with a fussy eater who won’t go for these protein sources?
Protica Research Provides another Alternative
Protica, Inc. developed a protein drink called Profect. Profect liquid protein comes in a variety of all natural flavors that would entice most finicky eaters. There are great tasting flavors including Blue Raspberry Swirl, Grapefruit-Mango, Citrus Berry, Cool Melon Splash, Passion Fruit, Orange Pineapple, Ruby Melon Twist, and Fuzzy Peach Nectar. Your little food critic won’t even know it’s good for him but will appreciate the great taste. You will appreciate the protein benefits of supplementing your child’s diet with Profect liquid protein.
Why Protein Shakes are Good for Children
Children are constantly on the move. A child’s growing body requires protein to support his body organs as well as providing additional energy for burning off those bicycle rides around the neighborhood. Protein is critical for building their immune systems, controlling metabolism, repair of muscle and tissue growth, as well as providing energy when carbohydrates are not available. A protein drink such as Profect is a delicious addition or supplement for your child’s growing body and healthy lifestyle.
A fussy eater may be hard to please, but it’s possible to implement substitutes and alternatives to provide good nutrition. One way to be sure your child or teen gets enough protein in his diet is to introduce him to protein drinks or shakes. Proasis or Profect is a delicious all natural drink that tastes great, is good for you and provides protein for your diet. For pleasing your teenager or your fussy toddler, Profect or Proasis is a great choice for helping you sing a happy tune when feeding members of your family.
Coming Back from Anorexia: A Case Study
Madison started worrying about her weight at twelve, tearing pictures of models out of magazines and plastering them on her walls at home. She started skipping meals the following year after a comment about her burgeoning figure in a bathing suit. Maddie was briefly bulimic, but found that she really could not stand to throw up after a binge. Her parents, both busy professionals, often did not notice that Madison did not go into the kitchen if she could avoid it and that she rarely was seen with food at all. By the end of the winter, the then fourteen year old weighed in at 85 pounds on a 5’6 frame. Even in the summer days, she kept to baggy sweat pants and heavy tops, always complaining of being too cold.
The family finally noticed when they rented a cabin for the week. After arguing and fighting with her to do so, Madison put on shorts and a tank top to come out by the water’s edge. Her parents were shocked by her appearance and took her to the doctor when they returned home.
While she promised to listen to her counselor and follow the plans that were set up for her by the doctor, Madison slipped up several times. However, after collapsing and being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat, she is focusing on getting healthy and strong once again.
She eats small meals, each between 100 and 400 calories apiece, so that her body can get used to having food to process once again. One of the things she has added to her daily routine is a protein supplement called Profect, from Protica, which gives her 25 grams of protein per 100 calorie serving. She is slowly regaining some of the weight that she lost and will continue to see her counselor once a week until she gets to and maintains 100 pounds.
Madison no longer sits around and stares at the stick thin magazine models, choosing to find more positive role models in her life.
Diane E. Papalia, Sally Wendkos Olds and Ruth Duskin Feldman. A Child’s World: Infancy Through Adolescence Eleventh Edition McGraw Hill Publishing Company. Boston, MA 2008
About the Author
About Protica Research (http://www.protica.com) Founded in 2001, Protica, Inc. is a nutritional research firm specializing in the development of dense nutrition in compact forms. Protica manufactures Profect (http://www.profect.com), IsoMetric (http://www.isometric.com), Pediagro (http://www.pediagro.com), Fruitasia (http://www.fruitasia.com) and many other brands in its GMP-certified, 250,000 square foot facility. Copyright – Protica