Nutrition for Kids

A few weeks ago I received an email from one of my former players. The purpose of her email was to ask if I was aware of any good nutrition books for kids. My first thought was to say that there was no such thing. My second thought was to recommend some “adult books”. No, not those adult books.

My friend was not looking for books on nutrition for a child to read but rather for books about nutrition for children. What I had to explain to her was that kids are really no different than adults when it comes to nutrition. The basics of nutrition don’t change much based on age. The big exception is that it is tough to get kids to eat quality protein. Kids eat for taste, even more so than adults, and will have limited palates.  Protein deficiency is even worse among young females. My wife and I actually use protein shakes with our kids, particularly in the morning to try to get protein into our kids.

Kids are bombarded with cereal ads and because they are so susceptible to advertising they think that cereal is a good breakfast. I read a quote that said the line “cereal can be part of a good breakfast” is one of the best advertising lines ever. The writer said the next line should say “if you eat a bunch of other very nutritious food with the cereal”. My favorite breakfast for the kids is a protein shake and fruit. It beats all the other breakfast crap.

Unfortunately, I don’t think there are any good “kids” nutrition books. The Zone and The South Beach Diet are both very good basic nutrition books. I love UltraPrevention and UltraMetabolism also. However, if you want to practice good nutrition with kids follow the same rules as with adults.

8 Responses to “Nutrition for Kids”

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  2. I have to agree.

    It is also now known the children’s taste buds start to form during pregnancy and their later food preferences are partially related to maternal eating habits during this time.

    The point I guess is that the old “eat whatever you want because you’re pregnant” philosophy needs to be seriously revised. I find it strange that smoking during pregnancy is frowned upon, but filling the body with junk food is completely accepted and encouraged.

    If we want to affect our kids’ future we have to start early.

  3. Mike I have a great idea, we turn off the TV so they don’t get bombarded with cereal ads, use that time to shop, prepare and cook a meal with our kids. This way we teach kids to respect whole foods and respect what they put into their body.

    Is there any research on what the ingredients in a protein shake will do to a kids hormonal system?

    INGREDIENTS: Protein blend (milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate (with colour annatto), glutamine peptides, hydrolyzed whey protein isolate), carbohydrate blend (trehalose, wheat fibre), flavourings, conjugated linoleic acid from safflower oil (cla), thickeners (xanthan gum, carboxymethylcellulose), emulsifier (soy lecithin), anti-oxidant (extracts of tocopherols), stabilizer (di and poly-phosphates), anti-caking agent (silicon dioxide), medium chain triglycerides, salt, lactose, magnesium oxide, choline bitartrate, potassium phosphate, sweeteners (sucralose, acesulfame-K), zinc gluconate, ascorbic acid, ferrous fumarate, di-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, niacinamide, magnesium sulphate, copper gluconate, calcium d-pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, beta-carotene, chromium chloride, vitamin-A-acetate, folic acid, sodium molybdate, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, cholecalciferol, cyanocobalamin.

  4. I have read something interesting on ‘Metabolic Typing Diet’ by William Wolcott. It goes into detail about how each invidual has different nutrition needs. He breaks down into 3 types called protein, mixed, and carb which all have a different emphasis. All three of these types need healthy meats, veggies, fruits, and nuts.

    A protein type needs more meats that are dense in protein and healthy animal fat. Think Salmon and Beef. They react better to a select group of veggies and fruits such as cauliflower, mushrooms, celery, apples, pears, bananas, and some more. They tend to feel unsatisfied unless they get some meat.

    The carb type places a heavier emphasis on fruits and veggies. That’s where they get most of their energy. They still need protein and fat just not as much as a protein type and the meats are usually lighter meats such as chicken, turkey, and ostrich. They tend to feel full without eating much meat.

    Third is a mixed type which is somewhere between a protein and carb type. They can handle most meats, fruits, and veggies. However, they need to balance things.

    I know ‘Take Control Of Your Health’ by Dr. Mercola has a shorter and simpler explanation of the metabolic typing, but they make some tweaks to it and call it ‘Nutritional Typing.’

    In those books, they explain why certain diets work for certain people. For example, the Atkins Diet which is kind of similar to how to a ‘protein type’ worked for some people while other people failed miserably. Some people react well to the ‘Zone Diet’ which is similar to a mixed type diet while others gained weight.

    My dad tried the zone diet and lost 60 pounds, but my mom didn’t lose a single pound while doing the exact same things. She also tried the ‘Atkins Diet’ and lost 40+ pounds. Considering this, I strongly believe that each person is unique with their nutritional needs and these books explain it.

    I believe my mother and I are protein types while my father is a mixed type.

    The Metabolic Typing book even goes as deep as saying that these metabolic types can be rooted in our ancestry. For example, humans that lived in the north (Eskimos) adapted and react better to meats, because veggies and fruits could not grown year-round, so they became protein types. Some who lived in forestry areas that did not have as much meat ate more fruits and veggies, because that was easier to gather. Think carb type. However, they still say each type NEEDS some meat.

    Personally, I think if you follow basic nutritional guidelines of eating healthy meats, fruits, veggies, and nuts, you’ll be healthy. Just tweak things by paying attention to how you feel after you eat. Through this, I figured out that onions and too much beans get me tired. More than 5 oz of meat tends to make me feel groggy. I do much better with smaller meals as well and eating 5 times a day. These are just personal things I have noticed. I believe everybody is different.

    As Socrates said, One man’s medicine may be another man’s poison.

    Just some FOOD for thought. Yeah. I know I’m a dork.

  5. very nice share much appriciated

  6. Hey Coach – Dr Chris Mohr presented at the IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association) Summit last month, and provided some excellent information regarding nutrition for kids. He has created a great DVD titled “Fuel Like A Champion.” I highly recommend it. The link to Dr Mohr’s website is here:

    (This isn’t an affiliate link – it’s just a product I believe in.)


  7. Hi hi! You are absolutely right – cereals are not nutritious as they really are. We’ve been brainwashed to accept lies as truths! Sad state of affairs!

    Anyway, you can compare the standard American diet to simple and healthy foods that require lesser time to prepare. See the difference:

    Kids’ nutrition isn’t very much different from an adults – may be only the portion of food wld be different as they have smaller stomachs.

  8. Great article, Coach. I have three young children and we try to eat healthy – I never stopped to consider how much protein nor the quality of the protein they are injesting daily. I’ll be paying better attention from here on.

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