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Protein is a nutrient that is referred to as the building block of our body. Protein is part of every cell. Our enzymes, hormones and immune system are also based on protein. Proteins are made up of smaller building blocks called Amino Acids. It is the amino acids that rearrange themselves to make up the proteins your body needs.

Protein is found in all animal foods and some plant foods. Protein from animal foods has all the amino acids your body needs. Plant sources of protein are usually lacking one or more amino acids. However, vegetarians can get all the amino acids by eating different types of plant proteins over the day, it is not necessary to combine proteins at each meal..

Most Australian children, like adults, already eat more than enough protein usually from meat. Encourage your children to eat a wide range of protein foods. Including a protein food once to twice a day for children and adolescents will give them adequate protein. Keep serving sizes small for young children, 60g raw or 45g cooked meat or chicken is a sufficient serve for preschool kids. Nutritious protein foods include:Most Australian children, like adults, already eat more than enough protein usually from meat. Encourage your children to eat a wide range of protein foods. Including a protein food once to twice a day for children and adolescents will give them adequate protein. Keep serving sizes small for young children, 60g raw or 45g cooked meat or chicken is a sufficient serve for preschool kids. Nutritious protein foods include:

  • Meat, poultry and fish. Choose lean meat and skinless poultry. Try to choose unprocessed meats most often
  • Legumes (e.g. lentils, chickpeas, baked beans).
  • Eggs.
  • Dairy foods (e.g. milk, yoghurt, cheese).
  • Nuts, seeds, wholegrain breads and cereals.

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