Here is a question that is often asked…
“Should children drink meal replacement shakes?”
And my answer is, “It depends”
“On what“, you ask?
- The reason you’re giving them the shakes – is it for weight loss or general health? If for weight loss, ask yourself if a meal replacement shake plan is the BEST option for your child at their age. Do your research & due diligence!
- What’s in your shakes – are the ingredients something you feel CONFIDENT feeding your child?
- What your doctor says – more on that below…
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Now, I am NOT a physician, so I am NOT giving a “professional” recommendation here… just my own personal view & opinion as a fellow parent, and based on my personal experiences.
Having said that…
Personally, I’m not so much about what the doctor says because parents, myself included, give (or used to give) our kids a whole BUNCH of crap that we don’t go and check with the doctor about.
Don’t you agree?
SIDE NOTE RANT: That’s what really burns my buns about when people first get introduced to health products, period… we will consume or allow our children to consume soda pop, candy, chips, cookies, fast food, and won’t bat an eye.
But let something with all-natural, healthy ingredients get introduced and it’s…
“What’s in it?”
“Oh I need to ask my doctor”
SIDE NOTE RANT OVER
But I digress. I am giving the “talk to your doctor” disclaimer HERE in order to keep my rear safe!
Not only that, but most meal replacement shakes will say the same… I’m gonna assume to keep THEIR rears safe as well.
So basically, “Mom” or “Dad”…
USE YOUR OWN DISCRETION!
Personally, I DO allow my (now) 13-year old son to drink them. No, he isn’t doing two shakes a day. He honestly isn’t even doing ONE shake… more like 1/4 – 1/2 of a packet because he gets really full off of it and he’s already typically not very hungry upon waking up at 6:00 a.m.
Initially, I caught him skipping breakfast a couple of times and said, “Oh no, no, NO you don’t! You’ve got to eat SOME-thing!” And his response was, “But I’m not really all that hungry in the morning!”
So most mornings, instead of eating cereal, he requests having a shake – he loves how I make it with peanut butter and banana!
In my parental opinion, it’s GOTTA be good for him since he’s getting his calcium, protein, and a lot of other important nutrients.
Sometimes I even “sneak” some liquid multivitamin in the shake and he doesn’t even notice it 😉
I’m not sure if there are actual meal replacement shakes JUST for kids, but I feel pretty confident in giving him the ones I drink.
If that one product they advertise on TV (you probably know the one) can tout how it “helps kids grow“, although the second flippin’ ingredient is SUGAR…
There should be nooo problem giving your child a healthy, wholesome meal replacement shake!
No, I don’t necessarily recommend the whole, “2 full shakes a day to replace two meals” thing, BUT…
If your child does need to lose weight and you’re looking into doing shakes for that purpose; check with your child’s Pediatrician.
And again, use your own parental discretion & intuition.
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