Tonight, we had success again. Well, sorta. Iñigo was asleep before 8 P.M. while Vito followed at just before 9. We still got them to sleep within that 8-9 frame so I'm going to relish this achievement. Now I'm researching on how much protein my boys should be eating.
My boys eat a lot. In fact, their weight is normal. But they eat mostly a carb-heavy diet—rice, pasta, noodles, bread, cereals. Rice is usually with mashed veggies like squash, pasta is with tomato sauce, noodles with a meaty broth, bread with Nutella. They eat a lot but as you can see, there's hardly any protein in their diet.
|Gourmet chicken nuggets. Vito likes chicken actually.|
|Iñigo eating chicken empanada.|
Protein can be found in meat (beef, pork, chicken, fish), eggs, dairy (milk, yoghurt, cheese), beans and soy (tofu, taho, soy milk). How much protein should they be eating? Well, according to lots of sources, 2 servings of protein a day is what a toddler needs.
How big is a serving? For kids, it's half an ounce. An ounce of meat is the size of a domino, so half an ounce is half a domino (see illustration below). Wow. That's not a lot! That's like a thumbnail-sized chicken, beef, fish! Half a tablespoon of peanut butter! Isang tokwa! I have no excuse! If I can't get my kids to eat a mere half-a-domino-sized piece of chicken, that just makes me a lazy mommy.
For vegetarians, here's a great guide. Just half the serving for your kiddos!
Okay, mommies, that's the second stage of my Make the Kids Grow Taller Campaign. First, make them sleep by 8 P.M. Second, make them eat protein-rich food. Third, get them to exercise more. Exercise is good for growing bones and muscles. Let's see how this goes. I hope to get better news at the next pedia visit!