Sometimes no matter what you feed your children, they just don’t gain weight. Children in the lower percentile could be light for many different reasons. Genetics often play a role, if you and your family tend to be tiny, then your kids might be more prone to be tiny as well. Sometimes low weight gain in children can be linked to food allergies like celiac disease, childhood diabetes, medications or stress. If you feel that genetics are the reason behind the low weight gain, that can be resolved by adding high calorie foods to your child’s diet. If you think that there is another underlying cause, you should make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician to better understand your child’s weight issues.
If your child is one of those tiny, skinny, boney kids you might think about giving them junk food just to gain weight. Of course, you probably know that is a bad idea…and you probably know that it doesn’t work, it just makes them unhealthy. My children are skinny for several different reasons, so I came up with my Nutritious High Calorie Shake for Skinny Children.
This shake is great for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert. This recipe serves two children and is actually great for adults as well as children and can be modified in several different ways to suit you or your children‘s taste. This is our family’s favorite version and is made in our household at least once a day, if not more.
Chocolate Banana Protein Shake: Serves 2 young children (or Adults!)
Ingredients you will need:
- Yogurt, vanilla or strawberry work best for this recipe (I usually buy the larger containers)
- 1-2 bananas, depending on size & preference
- Whole Milk
- Soy Protein Powder (I like to use the chocolate flavor)
- Wheat Germ
- Hershey’s Syrup
You will also need a blender.
Fun Ideas and Tips:
* Freezing the fruit overnight turns your shake into a smoothie!
* Adding Yo-Baby Yogurt will increase fat & calories.
* I love this shake too, but I don’t drink cow’s milk, I substitute whole milk with Vanilla Soy Milk or Homemade Almond Milk. The Vanilla protein powder also tastes great with orange juice instead of milk.
This recipe, as described here, contains in each serving (approximately):
11-19 grams of fat
42 grams of protein
This of course all varies depending on the specific types of fruit, milk & yogurt.
* This shake has been approved by my children’s pediatrician. If you have any concerns about this recipe or your child’s health it is best to talk to your child’s pediatrician.