Protein is one of the hardest foods to get the right amounts into a special needs child. Here are some suggestions for protein sources for your child’s individual dietary needs.
|Protein||Serving Size||Total Grams Of Protein|
|Almond Butter||1 tbsp.||4g|
|Beans, refried||1 cup||16g|
|Beef round roast||3 oz.||25g|
|Black beans||1 cup||15g|
|Blackeyed peas||1 cup||13g|
|Cashew Butter||1 tbsp.||4g|
|Chicken – white meat||3.5 oz||31g|
|Coconut milk||1 cup||6g|
|Egg white||1 egg white||3g|
|Egg whole||1 egg||6g|
|Hot dog||2 oz||7g|
|Hummus||1 cup||12 g|
|Kidney beans||1⁄2 cup||8g|
|Mutton (Lamb)||3.5 oz||17g|
|Pea Protein Powder (Kirkman)||1 serving||7.5g|
|Peanut butter||1 tbsp.||4g|
|Pork roast (lean)||3 oz||21g|
|Rice – white||1 cup||4g|
|Rice – brown||1 cup||5g|
|Stir fry veggies||1⁄2 cup||2g|
|Turkey – white meat||3 oz||28g|
Some additional thoughts on protein :
- Many kids with autism have low zinc levels, which is a mineral helps process proteins. Check zinc levels in your child to learn if he/she is low in zinc.
- Buy all organic protein sources for your special needs child (and your family if you can!)
- AVOID additives, nitrates, and other ingredients that can upset your child’s stomach.
- AVOID Perdue brand poultry due to arsenic levels in their poultry. Many other brands of conventional chicken also contain arsenic.