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Why It’s So Important to Feed Kids Well During Growth Spurts

By Casey Seidenberg, The Washington Post, 12/06/18, 12:00PM CST

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Protein is the building block of all tissue such as muscles, bones, heart, lungs, skin, and hair. The average teen needs ½ gram of protein per pound of body weight.

Growing, growing, gone . . .

That’s what it feels like in my house. Every time I turn around I find a boy hanging on the refrigerator door looking for more food or a boy who can’t fit his feet into the cleats I just bought him.

The money I spend on food and new shoes won’t keep them home; when my boys’ growth spurts are over it will mean they will be gone, off to college, out of my refrigerator and technically no longer boys. So, while they are under my roof, how can I feed them to support their drastic development?