Good Food, Good Mood
Have you ever been "hangry"? It's the total irritation at everything simply because you need to eat. Let me tell you, the "hangry" of Hank is awful. He gets whiny and he cries and if we let it go too long before getting food in him, he's too mad to eat.
It's a terribly vicious cycle.
One of the difficulties we face with feeding, one of the many difficulties, is convenience.
Hank cannot feed himself. So we have to think about when and where we are going and plan how he'll eat around that. Hank eats like a newborn, every few hours he needs something. What he eats doesn't have high calories so they are gone rather quickly, leaving him to need another meal within a couple of hours.
Hank's smoothies are a higher calorie base than his regular baby food so they are the most important meals. We make sure that he gets at least 3 a day, which gives him a base caloric intake of 2275. His fat intake runs around 155g and 160g of carbohydrates. We have worked very diligently over the last year or so to make sure we are meeting and exceeding his needs.
One of the most common questions I'm asked, by all parents, is "how". I get messages fairly frequently asking what we use in our smoothies. A child's pediatrician will recommend Pediasure and I cringe at the thought. There are so many more options, better options, to get calories and nutrition into our little ones, even the picky ones.
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We have been using a Ninja blender for the last few years to make Hank's smoothie. The large blender holds 72oz which we found to be too much so we are utilizing the smaller 64oz one. We toss all the "ingredients" in and the smoothie lasts 2 days. I do not recommend keeping it for more than 3 as it separates and can start to congeal. If your little one is not drinking it all in that time span, try making smaller batches.
Our base is Kate Farms, the Pediatric Peptide 1.5 in Vanilla. This is the part where I tell you to please consult your child's physician before using our blends. What works for Hank is not always the answer for each child. Protein intake is something to be discussed with a medical professional familiar with your child. These are simply suggestions you can take with you to guide you to the right smoothie blends. Hank was previously on Pediasure and along with not gaining weight, he simply quit eating by mouth. He was constantly bloated, gassy, fussy, and hungry. I made the call to take him off and find a better solution. Kate Farms has been part of that for over a year now.
Along with Kate Farms we use the following products: Nested Naturals for kids BetterBody Almond and Avocado Oils Greek Gods Vanilla yogurt Mooala Coconut Oatmilk and Almond Milk
A typical recipe looks like this: 1 scoop of Nested Naturals 3 Tablespoons of Almond Oil 3 Tablespoons of Avocado Oil 1 Cup of Yogurt
1 Cup Coconut Milk
1Cup Almond Milk
3 Cartons Kate Farms
All of these go in the blender and blend to smooth.
For Hank, he drinks about 12 oz, 3 times a day. That recipe meets and exceeds his nutritional goals. It has helped with weight gain and I can see a difference in his mood as well. A well fed child is a happy child.
These again are just what works for our family. Please consult your child's doctors to establish guidelines for nutrition goals. Be the advocate and look for the healthiest options. Remember, your child doesn't control their diet. It is up to you to make sure they are getting the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients their little bodies need to be the best they can be.
Light and Love,