Monday, July 20, 2009

tea sandwiches

I'm headed to England tonight and in honor of my trip I thought I would tell you about the wonder that is a tea sandwich. Pepperidge Farms thin sliced bread is perfect for toddler sandwiches. It's just thin enough that they can actually get 2 pieces + filling in their mouth in one bite. Our favorite sandwich is filled with veggie cream cheese... it's high in fat and actually has nutrients. You can buy the cream cheese ready made, or make your own.
Making your own is super easy. Start with the veggies of your choice. I use whatever I have on hand but peppers, broccoli and carrots all work very well. Process about 1/4 cup of veggies in the food processor until it's very finely chopped and then add about 1/2-1 cup of full fat cream cheese. Process it until it's mixed and enjoy! It keeps for about a week in the fridge and it makes a great sandwich for on the go (it's much easier to eat than PB&J). You could also add fruit to the cream cheese to make a sweet treat.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Drinkable Meals

Smoothies are a great way to get calories into your child if they are choosing not to eat. My daughter always prefers to drink so if she doesn't eat great during the day I'll make her a smoothie before bed to make sure that she gets all the nutrition that she needs. The great thing about smoothies is that you can put ANYTHING in them.
I like to start with whole fat yogurt and add cream or coconut milk (you could also add oil if you really need fat), nestle nido or formula powder, and any combination of fruits AND vegetables. Yep, that's right... veggies. Remember that your child doesn't know yet what is a "weird" food combination so anything goes. Kale and spinach are really easy to pop into a smoothie and they don't taste very strongly (so you can put them in yours too!), I've also done broccoli and sweet potato... anything that you feel your child is missing.
My basic recipe:
2 oz whole fat yogurt
1 oz cream
2 tbs nido
splash of juice or milk to thin it out
multi-vitamin (optional)

The calorie content will vary based on what fruits you use but on average a 4oz serving has around 250 calories, 18g of fat, 8g of protein. If you use formula instead of Nido it will contain about 180 calories.