If your child refuses to eat meats, don’t worry you are not alone! Many toddlers may refuse to eat meats for a number of reasons. Either they are exerting their control over foods or maybe they just don’t like the texture. Either way, as a concerned parent it can be very frustrating since you know that protein is an important nutrient in their diet and essential for growth.
A little bit about protein…
There are basically two types of proteins
Beans and legumes
This includes peas, beans, lentils and peanuts.
Sometimes when I mention whole grains as a great source of protein, people are very surprised. Whole grains are usually a great source of protein and other important nutrients such as iron. Amaranth, barley, buckwheat, flaxseed, millet, oats, quinoa, rye, sorghum, spelt, wheat are all examples of whole grains.
Protein: The Breakdown
Here is a list of foods with their protein content. I love this list as it helps me to pick new foods for my son that are rich in proteins. Additional nutrient information.
|Food||Amount of protein||Other great nutrients (these foods contain more that just these nutrients mentioned)|
|Greek yogurt||8g per 1/2 cup||Calcium|
|Black beans||8g per ½ cup cooked||Iron, calcium, fiber|
|Peanut butter||8g per 2 tablespoons||Manganese|
|Almonds||8g per ¼ cup||Calcium, vitamin E, magnesium|
|Peanuts||9g per ¼ cup||Iron, copper, manganese|
|Pumpkin seeds||8g per ¼ cup||Magnesium, zinc|
|Soy beans||14g per ½ cooked|
|Amaranth||7g per ¼ cup uncooked||Calcium, iron and zinc|
|Barley||5.75g per ¼ uncooked||Soluble fiber, iron and niacin|
|Buckwheat||5.75g per ¼ cup uncooked||Calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron.|
|Flaxseed||7.75g per ¼ cup uncooked||Omega 3-fatty acids, fiber|
|Millet||5.5 g per ¼ cup uncooked||Iron and Magnesium|
|Oats||6.5g per ¼ cup uncooked||Fiber, B vitamins, iron|
|Quinoa||5.5g per ¼ cup uncooked||Highest quality of protein—more than any other grain|
|Brown rice||3.75g per ¼ cup uncooked||Iron, niacin|
|Rye||6.25g per ¼ cup uncooked||Fiber, vitamin E, calcium|
|Spelt||6g per ¼ cup uncooked||B vitamins and fiber|
|Wheat||7.5g per ¼ cup uncooked||Fiber, iron, B vitamins|
Protein packed recipe ideas:
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Lisa Johnson says:
November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm
We love eggs, beans and greek yogurt!!
Jessica Nunez says:
November 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm
My little guys loves garbanzos and black bean soup, as well as almonds and peanuts!
Marybel R. says:
November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm
My twins love beans & broccoli
Dana McGowen says:
November 2, 2012 at 12:06 am
Brown rice and peanut butter are two of our favorites!
Lindsay Swab says:
November 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm
My little man LOVES his peanut butter with whole grain waffles.
November 2, 2012 at 12:41 am
Frozen greek yogurt as a treat.
November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am
My son loves yogurt!
November 2, 2012 at 1:22 am
My 2yo son loves beans and yogurt. My 4yo son is loving the pb&j.
November 2, 2012 at 3:22 am
My daughter enjoys yogurt,cheese,and goat’s milk…
Tanya White says:
November 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm
My childrens favorite source of protein is peanut butter
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