Energy muffins fit for kids and their active lifestyle. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children need 20% of their total calories to come from protein. This can vary based on your child’s activity level. A safe rule of thumb is a half-gram of protein per pound of body weight. Carbohydrates are the other essential macronutrient for your active child. Without adequate carbs your young athlete will tire quickly and their athletic performance will suffer. Great carb sources include fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains.
As a protein company we are asked multiple times per day if our product is save for children and the answer is YES! We know you want to fuel your children with the best sources available while appealing to their snack preferences and often “picky” taste buds. Luckily our whey protein isolate and vegan protein is all natural, non-gmo, gluten-free, and lactose-free. About Time features the highest quality protein at 100/110 calories per scoop. By mixing powders with milk sources or water and adding some fruits many kids find smoothies a delicious treat. It resembles a milkshake, tastes like a milkshake, and packed full of nutrients.
The best advice when incorporating protein powders into your child’s diet is to remember your active children need to use shakes as a snack and should not replace their whole food meals. Our powders are a low calorie option leaving them plenty of room for full meals. You can even slowly test your children’s’ taste buds and digestion of shakes by using a half scoop of protein per shake.
Another option is cooking with protein powders. They are a great way to increase protein content of traditional high-carb recipes. ABOUT TIME protein powders are naturally sweetened with stevia so you can often reduce other sugar content in recipes and still maintain a sweet tasty treat that kids will love.
Here is a perfect high-energy, protein-rich muffin sure to please an entire youth league on a busy Saturday game day. Prepare them for pre-game fuel or post game celebration!
Blueberry Crumble Energy Muffins recipe yields 12 traditional muffins
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup old fashion oats
- ½ cup milk of choice
- 1 scoop of ABOUT TIME vanilla whey protein
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 4 oz unsweetened apple sauce
- 4 oz of greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
- 2 oz granola
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Recipe yields 12 traditional muffins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl combine apple sauce, Greek yogurt, 1 egg, vanilla extract, milk of choice, and maple syrup.
- Stir until blended smooth.
- In a medium-mixing bowl combine whole-wheat pastry flour, oats, ABOUT TIME whey protein, ground flaxseed baking powder, and sea salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl and stir until batter thickens.
- Add blueberries and stir until blended.
- In a non-stick muffin pan portion batter evenly among 12 muffins
- Sprinkle granola evenly among 12 muffin tops
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes or until granola clusters are golden brown on top
For more information regarding fueling your active kids here is an informative answer from the expert Physician Nutrition Specialist with CNN regarding protein shakes for children, their energy needs following and workout and hydration tips for your young athlete. — “Should I Give Protein Shakes to my 8-year old Daughter?”