🍟 Have you ever noticed that kids often get a pass on healthy eating? 🍟
Their picky taste buds can make it hard to feed them healthy, nutrient-dense foods, so many parents are happy to get them to eat anything besides candy.
I know…I’ve been there, and it’s HARD!
But what if they could “have their cake and eat it too” – all while getting the nutrients their growing bodies need?
No, I’m not suggesting we feed our kids cake and candy, but I do have a super simple recipe for chocolate snacks that pack the protein punch our kids so desperately need!
They’re called Chocolate Bombs, and they are DELICIOUS! 💣 💣 💣
Not only that, but they’re also healthy! Yep, they are packed with a secret ingredient: collagen!
Now, you may have heard of collagen in relation to the benefits it can provide for us as we age. But did you know that dietary collagen is rich in amino acids with a wide range of benefits for our kids too?
My Top Benefits of Collagen for Children:
- It Keeps Them Fuller Longer.
This is by far my favorite benefit of collagen!
No more constant whining about being hungry!
Collagen is a protein that is composed of nonessential amino acids that many of us are lacking including glycine, proline, alanine, and hydroxyproline. Collagen protein is important because the body cannot make it on its own. You can think of it as a structural protein. It is the protein that is like glue that holds the body together.
Our skin, hair, nails, gut barrier, bones, connective tissue, cartilage, and joints all depend on ample amounts of collagen to stay healthy and strong. Some benefits of collagen protein are that it supports weight loss, maintains heart health, supports bone formations, helps detox the liver and increase liver function, improves joint health, improves the appearance of the skin, hair, and nails, and maintains a healthy gut barrier which is very important for our kids.
Collagen also helps keep kids fuller longer than their carb-heavy counterparts. A child’s growing body needs more protein to keep up with their growth, which is why we as parents so often hear them whine of hunger.
Most protein powders are loaded with sugar, chemicals, and other health-damaging additives.
Collagen, on the other hand, provides a clean, natural source of protein without all the other stuff. Just make sure you choose one that is from grass-fed animals and free of GMO’s, antibiotics, hormones, fillers, and other nasties.
- It Helps Kids Sleep Better (and Makes Them Calmer).
Yep, that’s right! SLEEP! How many of you would like it if your child sleeps better?
Good news: collagen is rich in the amino acid, glycine.
Popular for its ability to quiet the mind, glycine improves sleep quality by “turning off the noise” in the brain, so to speak, and by reducing anxiety.
That is good news for tired parents everywhere, right?!
- It Helps Stabilize Their Blood Sugar.
Say goodbye to “hangry” temper tantrums!
Children just know what they feel and act accordingly. That’s why bad attitudes, fussiness and temper tantrums often happen in between meals.
While the carbs in most of the foods marketed to kids spike blood sugar, the protein found in collagen helps stabilize blood sugars. In fact, collagen has been shown to help normalize blood sugar levels better than most other protein sources!
Researchers believe this is thanks to its rich glycine content, which stimulates the secretion of a gut hormone that regulates how insulin responds to glucose.
So now that you know how good collagen is for your kids, how in the world will you get them to eat it?!
Well, that part is surprisingly easy.
I have a few favorite brands of collagen I want to share with you today:
My friends at Paleovalley have created one of the cleanest, healthiest bone broth protein powders out there that is loaded with natural collagen, perfect for your little ones!
And, for a limited time, you can get 15% OFF your order through my exclusive link here: Get 15% OFF Paleovalley Collagen-Rich Bone Broth Protein
A couple of other collagen brands I love are Vital Proteins and Great Lakes.
Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. “There is NO way my child will drink bone broth or let me add collagen to their drinks!”
But don’t worry. Each of these collagen powders is nearly tasteless and easily disguised in baked goods, pancake mixes, smoothies, soups, and more, making it easy to sneak into foods they already love!
P.S. Here’s that recipe I promised:
💣 Chocolate Bombs 💣
- 1 cup raw organic cacao
- 1 cup organic unsweetened almond butter
- 1 cup ghee or organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp raw organic honey
- 1 scoop collagen rich protein powder
Melt on low heat and freeze in fun-shaped molds or balls! That’s it! Super easy, and SO delicious!
And as always, I am not a medical doctor and the above post is based on my experience. No information on this site should be relied upon to make a medical diagnosis, treat, prevent or cure any disease or medical condition.