Protein Powder for Kids

Does my child need a protein shake after they workout? At H2T we hear this question all the time, and it’s hard to give a yes or no answer. There are a few variables to take into consideration. Today, we are going to dive into the world of protein powders and look at whey vs isolate vs getting protein from your diet.

What is Protein powder:
What was once only for bodybuilders has now become mainstream for any gym enthusiast or athlete. Protein powder is a dietary supplement to help aid in muscle recovery and building. It's easy and convenient. Just add water, shake and go!

Whey Protein:
Whey protein powder helps maintain a healthy body weight and helps keep those pesky hunger pains at bay. Whey protein goes through a process where most of the fat, lactose and carbs are removed from the powder, leaving behind about 80% of pure protein. This form takes longer to digest keeping you fuller for longer. This is ideal if you are looking to lose weight.

Whey Isolate:
Whey Isolate goes through a more vigorous process removing even more fat, lactose and carbohydrates, giving the consumer the most purest form of protein coming in at 90%. This product is easier to digest and breaks down faster. Isolate is also ideal for lactose intolerant people as there is only 1% of lactose or milk left in the powder. Whey Isolate is the purest form of protein. It contains all the amino acids that our bodies require to repair and build muscles after intense workouts.

Natural Protein: 
Here is a list of protein based foods to incorporate into your children’s diets.
• Chicken
• Milk/Yogurt/Cheese/Cottage cheese
• Turkey/Beef
• Nuts/Seeds
• Eggs
• Fish
• Spinach/Green peas/Kale/ Broccoli/Brussel Sprouts

There are lots of options out there to help us make sure our little ones get their daily intake of protein so that their little bodies grow healthy. But what happens when you have a picky eater? Or an elite athlete that works out everyday? Or a child that needs to watch his/her weight? This is what I meant by there isn't a yes or no answer. Each child is different, and each situation is different. 

Now, I claim to be no expert that is for sure, but depending on the situation, ideally our children should  get their protein from the food they eat. But, when they can’t meet their daily requirements, a protein shake is the next best thing.

As always, parents you are in charge. What you buy, what you cook, what they eat - that’s all on you. So next time you go grocery shopping, be sure to add a little extra protein in that cart. Strong muscles and strong bodies equals happy children!

From all of us at H2T, Stay Fit - Stay Healthy.  Until next time!

About the Author: Sue Forberg is the Director at H2T Elite Dryland Training Inc. H2T is a multi-faceted state of the art dryland facility specializing in children the ages 5-16. A gym for kids you say... absolutely. Their primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for young people through exercise and proper nutrition. H2T has created a fun age appropriate dryland program that gives every child what he/she needs from a developmental standpoint. Find out more at

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