We get asked this question many times over: Can I give a meal replacement shake to my child? Well, here’s what I think.
We all know that kids can be picky eaters. Heck, I was a picky eater when I was a kid and extremely skinny because of it. Giving a meal replacement shake to a picky eater is a great way for that child to get the nutrients that they need, while drinking something that tastes good. For this reason it is crucial to pick the right shake.
Always choose a shake with minimal additives and as many nutrients as possible. It’s often best to avoid soy at all costs, especially for children. It is also best to avoid muscle building shakes and weight gaining shakes, because of the added supplements that may be harmful to growing bodies. Additionally, looking at the nutritional label and seeing sugar listed as one of the first few ingredients is always a bad sign and I would strongly suggest you find another shake.
Protein is important to look at while determining what shake is best for your child. Children don’t need as much protein as adults so it is important to be aware of how much protein per serving is in the shake. Plant based, non-GMO, and gluten free are all things to look for on the label as well.
Giving your child a shake for breakfast is probably the best time to do it. Adding fruits or veggies for an extra nutritional and delicious kick is a good idea (see our blog article on best add-ins for meal replacement shakes).
Meal replacement shakes can have many positive attributes when given to children, but finding the right one is key!