Dr. Rosen's Protein Shake for Kids

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Protein Shake for Kids

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Makes servings

8 ounces almond milk (or rice milk if allergic)

½ scoop Vega Protein Smoothie powder (available in a variety of flavors, $21 for 12 packs, myvega.com)

1 bunch kale, chopped

2 cups berries

1 banana, sliced

1 teaspoon nut butter (peanut, almond, or sunflower seed, if your child is not allergic)

With the popularity of protein shakes among adults, many parents are wondering if they should also be adding protein powder to their child’s drinks. While Lawrence Rosen, M.D., the holistic pediatrician behind KIWI’s Ask Dr. Rosen column, recommends eating real food to maximize protein intake, he acknowledges that it can be difficult for fussy eaters to get the amount of protein they need that way. This easy-to-make shake combines a small amount of protein powder and nut butter with nutrient-rich berries and kale to add protein and vitamins to your child’s diet—and it tastes great too!


1. Combine almond milk, powder, and nut butter (if using) in a blender.

2. Add kale, berries, and banana to taste. Blend until smooth and enjoy!