Protein is one macronutrient we must adequately offer to nourish little bodies that are growing quickly. Here’s a few ways Silvia gets plenty of protein throughout the day.

Visitor Question: How do I incorporate high protein foods into my toddler’s diet?

Protein is one macronutrient we must adequately offer to nourish little bodies that are growing quickly. Here’s a few ways Silvia gets plenty of protein throughout the day.

First – I do almond milk for Silvia instead of cow’s milk because she’ll drink it, it doesn’t cause her to have a runny nose (which cow’s milk sometimes does) and has great nutrients.  It isn’t as high in protein but still has some.

Second – I serve meat with condiments to entice her to eat it.  Chicken with mayonnaise to dip it in, pork with sour cream, hamburger with ketchup, and so on.

Third – I do a lot of beans and serve them with rice to make them into a complete protein.  I’m a huge fan of making a big pot of beans at the beginning of the week to eat for the coming days.  We do beans & rice with veggies on the side, bean quesadillas, and beans as a side dish to whatever else we’re having.

SIMPLE BEAN POT RECIPE

Choose a good heirloom bean to begin with.

Soak the beans, well covered with water, for a few hours or overnight.  Then discard any floating beans.

Drain and cover with fresh water and at least a teaspoon of salt.

Bring to a rolling boil then reduce heat and simmer for 2-4 hours, testing after 2 hours but assuming it will take closer to 3 hours.

You can add sautéed onion, garlic, or bacon, fresh sage, red pepper flakes, or even an entire (unpeeled) head of garlic into the pot.  But beans are also quite delicious on their own.

Once they’re done cooking, simply refrigerate the beans and eat them in various ways throughout the week.

I also freeze large portions in glass jars so I can have them on hand during weeks when I’m unable to cook a fresh pot.