We all have our go-to recipes, don’t we?
I share the easiest banana smoothie in the world all the time on webinars and in conversations but I have never actually blogged it (because it seems too easy!).
However, I’ve recently found a way to pimp it and I KNOW how much we mums need simple go-to recipes that stop the nagging from hungry children…
So I’m bringing it to you.
Here’s the thing, my son is not great with protein. For some reason, he just doesn’t do meat. And that’s cool. I’ve found a few ways to get around it – you can see my blog is filled with creative ways with meat – crumbed chicken, patties, meatballs, sausages. But it’s hit and miss.
He loves his eggs, but he gets over them – which is totally fair enough.
So I started to look into protein powders. I’m not huge into supplements. For $$ reasons and also common sense. I’d like to get most nutrients from food.
But sometimes it’s really hard.
So I’ve experimented with a few different brands and found one that gets the tick of approval from peeps in the know and that we all really enjoy!
It’s actually a bit embarrassing, but I never really understood protein supplements. So I steered clear. I was scared that they were too artificial. But what I’ve discovered are companies out there doing really awesome things.
I asked the lovely Kim, a Nutritionist and mother of two kids, at The Healthy Little B about the difference between pea and whey protein and whether it’s cool for my kids to eat it. Here’s what she said:
“Protein as a supplement can come in a few forms, Whey + Pea being the most popular. Isolate is a more ‘pure’ form of the protein and has less lactose.
Whey protein is a ‘complete’ protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids), whereas pea protein is an ‘incomplete’ protein. Whey is an animal protein (a by-product of the production of cheese)
Pea is a vegan source of protein; great for those with dairy allergies, intolerances or who are simply avoiding dairy. Although it is a not a complete protein, it is still a valuable source of protein. To make it a complete protein, you could have it (say in a smoothie) with a nut butter, tahini + almond or rice milk plus all your other goodies.
When supplementing protein with children, for example if you are concerned about their protein intake, growth or development – a good guide is to use half the adult dose and to supplement every other day for a set amount of time.
We need approximately 0.75gram – 1 gram of protein per kilo of body weight (obviously this changes with activity levels etc and would be closer to the 1gram/ kg of weight). I wouldn’t supplement under 4 or 5 years of age. RDI for up to 8 years is 20g/ day. Eight – 13 years is approx. 40g/ day. Putting this into perspective, a single sausage has approx. 10g of protein, a little cube of yellow cheese, 4 grams, ten mixed nuts, 3 grams.
Whey or Pea Protein? The choice is yours really, but if you are on a dairy-free diet, obviously a pea protein would be the way to go. Whey could favour those who are wanting to fuel or build muscle as it is fasting acting. Pea protein is probably easier to digest for most.”
The brand I am digging is 180 Nutrition. Especially their Coconut Protein Superfood. Sooooo good!
I’ve added this blend to my Choc-Chip Cookies instead of LSA and also my Bliss Balls (and reduced the amount of nuts). I’m really digging this stuff. Not in an over the top add-it-to-everything way, just in an ‘I’m-glad-I-found-this-stuff” way!
Here was me using it in my super simple smoothie this morning (excuse the fart – it wasn’t me!!)
Lisa’s Go-To Banana Smoothie
(Serves 3 kids)
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 1 avocado
- 1 cucumber
- Large handful of baby spinach
- 1 Scoop of 180 Coconut Protein Superfood
- Two glasses of water
It’s really nice to have something on hand to give an added protein boost for my growing boy. And also when I want that benefit of added protein in a smoothie or snack to help balance my blood sugars and keep me fuller for longer.
You can check out more info and some brilliant ideas for kids lunch boxes at the the 180 Nutrition website.
If you’ve got any questions, please let me know!
This is a sponsored post. My first one actually! Peeps have contacted me in the past and not much gets past me. You know I wouldn’t share anything I didn’t 100% trust.