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Protein – Ethan’s a BIG Fan

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Why have you gotten so complicated lately?  Things used to be so easy; meat and three veg, fish fingers once a week, toasties for lunch in the weekend, roast on Sunday, fish ‘n’ chips on Friday.  All good.  Right?

I think we’ve all gotten a little more clued up over the past couple of years and though I’m really (really) not into any exclusion diets there are certain changes we’ve made to our family diet that seem to be sticking around. 

  • The inclusion of WAY more fresh fruit and vegetables, we do this with smoothies in the morning – yummy fruit and lots of leafy, green veges.
  • Cutting down on processed grains by replacing white rice with quinoa, white bread for multigrain or just skipping processed carbs all together.
  • Increasing healthy fats, ramping up our consumption of nuts, seeds, avocado as well as a weekly meal of oily fish such as salmon.
  • Cutting out all drink options except for………..water (and wine!)

I’m lucky in that my boys are so ravenous all the time they will eat pretty much anything, but I’m super conscious of feeding them fairly nutritious meals that will keep them fuller (and out of the pantry!) for longer.

That means protein.

I’m no nutritionist, but high school biology set me in good stead and I’ve always remembered how essential protein is for muscle growth, energy and repair.  My pre-teen Ethan (almost 11) is a full-on sports fiend and carries a lot of muscle for a kid so young.  When you’re using those muscles constantly playing rugby, touch, swim training, riding bikes around the neighborhood and skateboarding with Dad, calories are pretty much just evaporating – I mean not literally but using protein for caloric intake seems to keep him going for longer.

I don’t send him out for the day with a rotisserie chicken or a champagne ham in his lunchbox so we start the day with eggs and add protein where we can.  Dinner is easy, it’s the school day lunch and daytime snacks that lend themselves to processed carbs and sugar.

Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Food BloggerTASTI’s new range of Protein Bars contain 10 grams of protein per bar which is awesome as the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation recommends Ethan needs at least 40 grams per day.  We can knock out a quarter of his daily protein requirement by taking a muffin out of his lunchbox and adding a TASTI Protein Bar!  Too easy.  I’m also going to be snacking on these as the flavours are amazing – Dark Choc Mocha, dark Choc Orange, Roasted Peanut and my favourite (Ethan doesn’t get these ones!) Salted Caramel.

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29 thoughts on “Protein – Ethan’s a BIG Fan”

  1. Protein muscle development is essential in young and us a bit older, my boys are into their protein. These Tasti protein bars are a great way to encourage them and taste great as well.

  2. my youngest is always hungry lol I ask him where do you put it ll and he laughs and says in my growing feet love tasti products and these sound delish

  3. These would be fabulous for my children. Id even have them because im always on the go, even better in salted caramel. Yum

  4. Genius, very well put. I have a twelve year old boy and am in the same predicament. Protein bars are the latest craze at the moment too. The roast peanut bars sound like a bit of us.

  5. I am such a firm believer of having protein in every meal as it keeps you going longer and these bars would be great for my husband to take to work for that in between snack or if he cannot stop for lunch.

  6. my daughter is studying personal training and tells me protein is an important part of our diets and to make sure i eat a decent amount of protein for muscle strength, recovery and energy. Would be great to win this pack.

  7. Protein is the BEST! I have more sustainable energy, am not snacking at all anymore and feel awesome…..15 kgs lighter too!

  8. I also buy Tasti products for the kids to snack on but I have not seen the protien bars these are a must try.

  9. Yum! My son is also a very active boy hes 9 and eats like a horse. The eggs for breaky is a good idea, i just struggle to find the time. Hes very keen on his overnight oats (oats, milk, chia seeds, maple and lsa mix) which seems to last him through til morning tea.

  10. yum these so tasty and my kids love them, great for the mind and body and gives them energy to help them throu the school day

  11. These bars are awesome, they are in our weekly groceries ? would love to try the new range as I know they do keep you fuller for longer!!

  12. Yummy and I love all the crunchy nuts, as well as all the bits and pieces that go in to making these delicious protein packed bars…:) x

  13. Oh my goodness yum! I’m sure my son will eat these tasti bars. He definitely needs the protein with all the sports and running round he does. Thanks for the read too, love info like this on nutrition for children as its so easy to get lost in what’s out there.

  14. I love these protein bars as well – I make sure I have one on me when I’m out on my bike, they’re a great treat when I’m feeling low and the protein is great for muscle development. Doesn’t hurt that I can grab a box for cheaper than just one bar from the competition!!

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