Healthy Protein Sources for Kids

Go beyond chicken nuggets to find the best protein sources for your kids.
By: Frances Largeman-Roth, RD

Power Up Young Bodies with an Ancient Grain
Photo: Randy Mayor

Power Up Young Bodies with an Ancient Grain

Quinoa is the "it" grain these days and for good reason: It’s versatile, quick cooking (15 minutes!), nutty, and delicious. It's one of the few plant foods that provide a complete protein, and it's also high in heart-healthy potassium, immune-boosting zinc, and iron. Plus, it’s gluten-free.

Kids will love the tangy apricots and crunchy pistachios in this quinoa salad, which serves up 10 grams of protein and nearly 11 grams of fiber per serving. Because the grains are so small, they can be tough for little hands to pick up. Try wrapping this salad up in a small whole-grain tortilla or filling mini pitas with it.

View Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Apricots and Pistachios

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