The Importance Of Protein For Child Development

Protein has long been considered an important nutrient in the human diet. It is regarded as the building block of vital tissues. Consuming protein in the right quantity helps repair and maintain vital tissues. Regular intake of protein in the right amount is crucial for the growth of all organs, bones, and muscles. According to a Montessori expert, Proteins are very important nutrients for the overall mental and physical development of a child.

Researches on children show that 1 child in every 7school-going children lacks an adequate amount of protein intake, though this macronutrient plays a vital role in the development of a child. The primary reason behind the slow growth of a child is an inadequate supply of protein in the body. Many sources of protein also provide other important nutrients like vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc, iron, and magnesium says a nutrition research scientist in a Montessori school in Anaheim Ca. She also added that children who lack protein intake, suffer from various health issues like fatigue, poor concentration, slow growth, joint pain, bone pain, delayed wound healing, low immunity system, and so on. But with proper protein intake, one can easily get rid of these problems. Take the help of the pediatrician if the situation gets complicated.

In most of the Montessori in Anaheim CA, they provide protein-rich tiffin to their children and also encourage parents to make protein-rich breakfast, lunch, dinner, and mood enhancer snacks. Three Protein rich recipes are given below by the dietician of a primary school in Anaheim Ca.

Chickpea salad:

Chickpeas are such a great source of protein and they will keep your children full until lunchtime if you give it to their lunch. Take a hand full of soft-boiled chickpea. Slightly smash it with the help of a spoon. Add scrambled tofu or scrambled egg on it. Sprinkle salt to taste. Add boiled potato, chili flakes, chopped cilantro, lemon juice, and other ingredients according to the taste of your children. Mix well and serve this protein-rich salad to your children for breakfast.

Chili pinto bean:

Boil some pinto beans till they get soft. Add some oil to a pan. Add minced garlic and finely chopped ginger in it. You may add some chopped green chili if your kid likes the hot taste. Add bluntly cut onion, bell paper dices, and thin slices of carrot in it. Add boiled pinto beans, salt to taste, and some chicken stock. Mix everything and cook for five minutes. Before removing it from the pan add some dark soy sauce and chopped cilantro. You can serve this dish with bread or steamed rice for lunch or dinner.

Lentil Spinach soup:

Both lentil and spinach is a good source of protein. Boil some lentils in chicken or beef stock till they are soft. Mash it very well and strain the liquid. In a pan add this liquid, a little amount of garlic powder, and salt. Add chopped fresh spinach and cook for five minutes. Remove it from the pan when the soup get thickens. Serve it hot. You may add a spoon full of butter to it. Serve it at any time of the day.