Happy Way and Children
One of the most commonly asked questions reaching our Happy Way in-house nutritionist is regarding the use of our protein powder for children. Now, we know you would love nothing more than to be able to whip up a delicious morning smoothie to share with your entire family (dad included) and the good news is that you can. With many of our customers being busy mums, we have created an all-natural range which is suitable for children over the age of 5. Pure, clean and most importantly free of fillers, the Happy Way range offers the perfect treat to be shared with your little ones.
Now… to get down to the finer details.
YES - our protein powders are suitable for children over the age of 5, however they should not be used as a meal replacement. And as with any supplements, we do recommend that you speak to your trusted GP before introducing it into your children’s diet’s. But now that we have that out the way…
Protein and children, what you should know…
When it comes to development, protein plays a vital role in the brain function of young children. Not only does it help aid in development, it is essential to children’s ability to concentrate and complete cognitive tasks. Beyond brain development, protein plays an important role in promoting a strong immune system, to organ function, tissue repair and overall growth. An inadequate or low intake of protein has been shown to lead to decreased muscle mass, a weakened immune system, and in severe cases, stunted growth.
So how much protein should children be having?
The RDA for children between the ages of 4 to 8 is 19 grams of protein per day, with the number increasing significantly for children between the ages of 9 to 13 which stands at 39 grams per day. For children between the ages of 14 to 18, the RDA is 52 grams for girls and 56 grams for girls.
Sources of Protein
The American Journal for Clinical Nutrition suggests that children reach their protein needs through a combination of both plant and animal based sources. Protein-rich plant foods include beans, nuts, nut-butters and brown rice. Animal based sources of protein include eggs, yoghurt, organic poultry, fish and grass-fed beef. These sources of protein also ensure your child receives a healthy intake of Vitamin B12, calcium, zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids.
Why you may consider protein powder for children
We all know that children can be fussy little eaters. Perhaps they aren’t fond of meat or don’t love their eggs and legumes. Natural protein powders offer a fuss-free and delicious way off adding more protein into your children’s diets. Why not add a scoop into your pancake mix, muffins or into a delicious morning smoothie? Involve your children in the process and they will love the food prepared even more.
Vegetarian or Plant Based Diets
While it is possible to obtain protein from a plant based diets, reaching the desired quantity is not always easy and does not provide all the necessary amino acids your body needs. The Happy Way vegan protein powder range combines rice and pea sources of protein powder to offer a complete protein profile and all the essential amino acids.
What makes HAPPY WAY the choice for your children?
The Happy Way range is free from additives, gluten, artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours or preservatives. This means no blood sugar spikes, unnecessary fillers and ingredients which may be tough on young tummies.
Packed full of natural and whole-food ingredients, HAPPY WAY was designed to nourish the entire family and to provide all the necessary amino acids needed for optimal health.