Hopeful Protein

high protein yogurt drink, home made Danimals SmoothieMy child would be a vegetarian, except for chicken nuggets and turkey pepperoni. I know I’m not alone in this, but still, it’s disheartening.

Why? Vegetarianism is good, right? Yes. If you still consume the correct amount of protein. Tofu! you cry. He won’t touch the stuff, and he can smell even the silkenest of tofu in his food a mile away. Beans! you extoll. Nope, excepting every once in while, he will eat hummus with his baby carrots. Nuts? you wonder (assuming he has no allergy, which is true). He doesn’t like nut butters, and only eats the occasional almond, as mood or whim might strike.

Have I mentioned picky eaters make me insane? Not reacting like a hell-beast is a daily struggle.

He’s good about dairy and cheese, so we work those into his diet as much as we can, but some days it just isn’t enough. He likes edamame, but tires of them if we try to give them too him too often. I sneak flaxseed into baked goods sometimes, but it’s not a reliable source.

Pediasure, suggested the Doc, as a last resort. Upon hearing that, my wallet shriveled up and cringed in a corner of my messenger bag, hiding itself away amongst the dessicated fruit and crusty tissues.

So, I pulled up Google and researched home made Pediasure. Feh. He doesn’t need a high calorie meal replacement, and he eats whole grains, yogurt, fruits and veggies; he takes his vitamins. He just needs a protein boost. All the recipes I found called for ice cream, frozen fruit, liquid vitamin solutions, apple juice, and whey protein.

But wait! He loves those drinkable yogurts.

And so today, we got out the blender–because it’s all about the kitchen appliances–and made our own high protein drinkable yogurt. He tells me it goes great with a cheese sandwich on whole wheat, with a side of sugar snap peas.

Into the blender with a quart of Stonyfield Lowfat Strawberry Yogurt, 2 cups of 1% milk, and 2 scoops of Whole Foods 365 whey protein powder in Vanilla. He drinks it in 4oz servings, which by my quick calculations have about 7 grams of protein in them. He says it’s better than a Danimals “Smoothie,” with 3 times the protein, and a fraction of the cost.

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