As a mother of 14 month old twins and a 4 year old kids nutrition is very important to me. Kids nutrition is based on the same principles as nutrition for adults. Everyone needs the same nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. Kids needs different amounts of nutrients at different ages.
Nutrients are substances in food that our bodies process to function. Nutrients are influenced by age, and growth stage. Today there are so many nutrient poor foods available for kids. The foods do not contain much nutrition that your body needs to work properly. The foods are filled of energy but are not nutritional, your kids will be able to function but they are not getting nutrients needed to sustain them.
William, one of my twins, is an amazing eater. He loves his berries and vegetables and healthy meats. Robert and Timothy on the other hand could live on pizza and french fries if I let them! There are some tricks I use to sneak veggies and fruits in to meals. I add frozen peas and carrots to mac & cheese, blueberries to pancakes, finely chopped spinach to eggs and roasted broccoli with baked french fries.
I recently came upon a brand called Orgain. Orgain is a clean, organic nutritional shake. They really focus on organic, wholesome nutrition and the vital role it plays in supporting the body in times of stress. I learned through Orgain that most nutritional shakes are anything but. They contain a long list of artificial ingredients, corn syrup, genetically modified soy, hormones, and antibiotics which are not good for aults or kids. Orgain wants to provide the best and most delicious nutrition to help each and every one of their customers gain health, energy and gain the most out of life.
Clean protein is the main ingredient of all Orgain’s products. In the kids nutrition and dairy shakes they use grass fed whey and milk protein concentrates. They don’t use any hormones, antibiotics, pesticide or herbicides to ensure great taste. The company uses high quality ingredients, and one of the best things is that the products are all made in the US. All of their products are convenient to drink. We all want food that provides great nutrition for our kids. Orgain is healthy, organic food on the go or any time of day.
One of the best things about Orgain is that they work with Feeding America to provide starving kids food . I am very involved in kids charities and believe no kid should ever have to go hungry. Orgain tries to give back to the community whenever possible.
Kids Protein Shake:
The Orgain kids protein shake provides complete organic nutrition for growing kids and picky eaters. The shake provides a delicious and healthy alternative to other nutrition shakes like PediaSure that contains genetically modified soy, artificial flavors and preservatives. The shake comes in three flavors: chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. My boys like the vanilla the best. The twins like to put the straw in the box which can be very messy sometimes. When I was taking photos, there were many spills because they both wanted to drink the shake!
The shake has 8 grams and protein and 21 vitamins and minerals as well as fruits and veggies. My kids love the shake and I love that it holds up to mom standards. I like to give my oldest a shake when he gets home from school as a snack and the twins a little bit of a shake when they wake up from napping.
I also like to drink Orgain shakes with my kids. My twins especially want anything I have, so this makes it easier when I know the shake is good for them.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried any protein shakes or supplements with your kiddos. Let me know in the comments below!
*This post was sponsored by Orgain but all of the opinions are my own.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!