10 Protein Powder Meal Ideas for Healthy Kids
Protein powder and kids make a great pair because protein powder makes supplementing easy. Many kids don’t get enough of protein, a critical macronutrient for growing strong and healthy, because they’re picky eaters. Picky eaters have been found to eat less protein, in addition to intaking fewer fats and total energy (calories) than their non-picky counterparts, according to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
If you struggle to get protein into the diet of your child—picky eater or not—protein powder is an excellent way to boost their intake. However, you don’t need to start serving your child protein shakes to enjoy the benefits. Add these healthy and nutritious meals into your repertoire to enjoy protein powder in muffins, oatmeal, pancakes and more.
Protein Chocolate Mug Snack
You don’t need to bake an entire batch of muffins for your hungry little one to enjoy this delicious snack. If you have a microwave and a mug, you already have what you need for this simple recipe from Melanie, of Clean Little Plates. The secret ingredient: Healthy Height Shake Mix!
“Thanks to my friends at @healthyheight, I was able to serve up a quick chocolatey treat, AND get some essential protein into my precious girl and her sweet little friend! This protein supplement is a dream come true for every mama of a picky eater! It is a kid approved flavour, it’s easy to incorporate, and it ✔️provides essential protein for their growth. I don’t believe in meal replacements for kids, but I am definitely okay with enhancing their real-foods-diet with wholesome supplements!”
Ready to give it a try? Grab the recipe here.
What’s better than yogurt? Chocolate yogurt! Get your child excited about breakfast or snack time with this simple meal. All you do is mix their favorite protein powder into their favorite yogurt. They can eat it as a meal or use as a dip for their favorite slices of fruit.
Healthy Height Amazon customers have even tested this simple idea: “My daughter actually drank it in a smoothie which for her is huge. I made pancakes with it and even put in her yogurt. Small steps but I already see changes.”
To make it a little more fun, add in other healthy ingredients. Try:
- Banana slices
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
Vanilla Cake Balls
Snacks keep your child fueled all day long, but a bag of chips won’t get them as far as a protein-packed option like Vanilla Cake Balls. Thanks to Hannah, of California Toddler, for this delicious recipe, created with Healthy Height’s Vanilla Shake Mix. These cake balls are also made with oats, almond butter and unsweetened coconut, so each bite is bursting with nutrition.
Give this recipe a try—just remember not to eat them all yourself!
Oatmeal is already a healthy meal choice for your growing kid, thanks to an abundance of nutrients like folate and choline. However, it could use a protein boost, with just 5 grams per cup of cooked oats. To give this healthy choice the protein it needs, mix in protein powder once the oats are cooked. If you cook oats from scratch, this is a great way to use less added sugar for flavor, while keeping it tasty enough for your little one.
Just like the yogurt, you can also take it one step further by mixing in other fun toppings like nuts, seeds, or fruit.
Homemade Toaster Waffles
Our friends at Milk and Honey created this delicious make-ahead breakfast and you can’t miss it. These waffles, made with Healthy Height’s Shake Mix and gluten free flour mix, were created to freeze ahead of time. In the morning, just pop one in the toaster. You’ll spend less time cooking and still ensure that your little one leaves the house with a nutritious meal in their belly.
Oatmeal Apple and Cinnamon Muffins
Muffins are an ideal on-the-go snack, and perfect to send to school with your child. When you add protein powder to the mix you get a lot more nutrition in eat bite. These delicious muffins are made with Healthy Heights’ Vanilla Shake Mix, whole wheat flour and old fashioned oats, so they’re hearty and filling. What’s more, there’s no added sugar, just chopped apples and vanilla extract.
Bake up a batch of these healthy muffins and tweak them for your little one’s preferences. For example, you could swap the apples for blueberries.
No Bake Healthy Brownie Bites
Brownies without the baking are the best kind of brownies. That’s why this will be your new favorite go-to recipe. Your growing kid can enjoy all the decadence of chocolate brownies, minus the sugar and unhealthy fat.
Since this brownie recipe is easy to make, bring your little one into the kitchen to help. They can stir and pour between nibbling on chocolate chips and sprinkling on the coconut coating.
Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Vanilla Cinnamon Icing
Breakfast just got healthier and more delicious with this tasty recipe that even the pickiest eaters will love. The pancakes are based in whole wheat flour and Healthy Heights’ Vanilla Shake Mix and get an added nutritional boost from the surprising star ingredient, Greek yogurt. Save the recipe to make these ahead of time, and freeze for later. Better yet, spend a lazy Sunday morning dancing in the kitchen and whipping up pancakes to order!
Protein Powder and Kids: A Perfect Match
Protein powder is a simple way to supplement this important macronutrient. Add these fun and simple recipes into your weekly cooking rotation to ensure your growing child is getting all the nutrients they need.