Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Quick Snack Idea

One of the hardest meal ideas for me is snacks. Since my daughter only eat a couple bites at a time I really want to be sure that everything she puts in her mouth is as calorie dense as it can be. That means no puffs, which is probably one of the most common snack ideas but most of them have less than a calorie each. Our favorites right now are stuffed fruit (I put a little cream cheese in each raspberry), ritz crackers and "Fatty Cheerios". If I'm giving her fruit it's alway tossed in olive oil (same with veggies) or has cheese on it. Basically nothing goes in her mouth "plain". She seems to enjoy each one and I feel better about her getting a couple extra calories.

Fatty Cheerios

3 tbs butter, melted
1 tbs worcestershire sauce
1 tsp seasoned salt
2 cups cheerios (any cereal would work)

Mix the first 3 ingredients and then stir in the cheerios, making sure to coat as evenly as possible. Spread them out on a baking sheet and bake them at 250F for about 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

You can do about any flavor combination that you want. I've tried this with butter and vanilla agave and it was fantastic as well!

Monday, May 25, 2009

The beginning

My daughter E is 14 months old and weighs 15 pounds. She was a 29 week preemie and has been a "slow grower" since she was born.
After months (and months) of worrying about my daughter's weight gain, or lack there of, and analyzing ever morsel of food she puts in her mouth, I've decided to start this blog to help other parents along their journey. Having a child with poor weight gain is beyond frustrating, and it hurts you to the core when you can't help your child with the one thing that usually comes so naturally. People expect babies to be fat and often wonder (out loud) what is wrong with a child when they aren't. Everyone is constantly telling us to feed her more, but that is easier said than done. I know the calorie content of every bite of food she eats. I have spreadsheets and charts and I constantly worry that she's getting enough calories and that she's also eating a well rounded diet. I can't not stress about it.
My goal is to be able to talk about some of the issues that kids and parents face and offer high fat recipes ideas. I've researched every food choice that I make for her. It's hard to want your child to have the very best in nutrition AND the highest calorie choices. I'm sure if I only fed her butter I might see some weight gain, but it's important to me that she also eat fruits and veggies. I've spoken with doctors and nutritionists and feel like I have a wealth of knowledge that I didn't have a year ago, and I want to share it. Worrying about weight gain is time consuming, as is meal preparation and I want to offer ideas that might be able to help you. I'm tired of people telling me to feed my child crap in order to gain weight. There has to be a way to eat high fat healthy foods and I'm going to explore it.