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High calorie AND healthy snacks/additions? Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
1st Aug '13

Need more options for high-calorie but still relatively healthy foods.




My 2 year old is very small and underweight. Until recently she couldn't eat or gain weight because she was vomiting everything up, we were even considering tube feeding, it was that serious. We finally figured out and eliminated the allergent and she's doing much better, but we now need to play catch-up and get her up to a healthy weight. She needs high calorie but nutritious food so she can grow a little more.



So far we've got the typical fruits, veggies and lean meats (we do not eat red meat regularly) and she eats it all, but she simply cannot eat enough of those to gain weight on. Enter higher calorie foods. I don't want to just feed her junk though, I'd prefer she get most of her extra calories from nutritious sources.




She hates peanut butter (all varieties, natural and decidedly less natural), soy nut butter. Won't drink pediasure straight, I can sneak some instant breakfast or pediasure into fruit smoothies and milk but it's not a lot.



Right now we have nuts (pistachios, cashews, walnuts are her favourite), cheese (not too much, don't want to have issues with constipation), raw whole milk, breastmilk, and dried fruits. Sounds like a lot, but she will only eat a TINY amount of each thing at a time. Not sure why, but we do need more options.



Suggestions?

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23022 posts
1st Aug '13
Quoting Interrobang!?:" Need more options for high-calorie but still relatively healthy foods. My 2 year old is very small ... [snip!] ... a lot, but she will only eat a TINY amount of each thing at a time. Not sure why, but we do need more options. Suggestions?"


What's the allergen? Post and run for a bit...

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
1st Aug '13

I'd love to know the allergen before suggesting things, lol.



Can you use the pediasure in her oatmeal?

Nut ღ Meg Beverly Hills, CA, United States 40239 posts
1st Aug '13

Avocado and greek yogurt



What is she allergic to?

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23022 posts
1st Aug '13
Quoting TheNuge:" What's the allergen? Post and run for a bit..."


Other questions:
-what has been going on with her weight chart? Has her length/height tracked along the same percentile or no? How about her head circumference?

Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
1st Aug '13

Fish and shellfish. Avocado. Chocolate (intolerant - she can have things like choc milk or a little bit of milk choc but not pure dark).



Doesn't sound like it should have caused a big problem but we subsisted on fish as a family up until we figured out that that was what was wrong. Literally 5x a week



* We're still weeding out minor allergens but the fish was the big one.

Sugarhiccup LLC ; 5 kids; Lahaina, Hawaii 2825 posts
1st Aug '13

Avacado, avacado blended in cream cheese or greek yogurt with pretzels, yogurt with crushed nuts, toast topped with yogurt and banana. I have a bunch using peanut butter too bad she doesn't like it :(. Have you tried other nut butters? Smoothies amped up with 1/4 cup of oatmeal, pediasure, spinach, banana, honey,etc.



My oldest was the same way.

Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
1st Aug '13

She's in the 25-30th percentile for height, 3rd and below for weight, 3rd and below for overall BMI. Head circumference is normal.

Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
1st Aug '13

Forgot to say she won't eat yogurt, no cottage cheese either. She has fear issues about food because of her issues throwing everything up for so long, so she's extremely picky about textures.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23022 posts
1st Aug '13
Quoting Interrobang!?:" She's in the 25-30th percentile for height, 3rd and below for weight, 3rd and below for overall BMI. Head circumference is normal."


Has she "fallen" several percentile's? For example, was she 75th for height 6 months ago? How about her height?

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23022 posts
1st Aug '13
Quoting Interrobang!?:" Forgot to say she won't eat yogurt, no cottage cheese either. She has fear issues about food because of her issues throwing everything up for so long, so she's extremely picky about textures."


I'm asking as my degree is in clinical nutrition and I was a pedi nutritionist for about 5 years. I saw lots and lots of kids that were considered "failure to thrive."

NopeNotGonnaDOIt 6 kids; Cuba 3000 posts
2nd Aug '13

I was going to suggest Nutella but then you mentioned the chocolate intolerance. What about frozen yogurt? You can just call it ice cream. Other snacks we use are the pc organic cereal and rice bars, I spread nutella or pb on the bars. Does she like nachos? you can get pretty creative with those. My son has developed a food phobia as well, will not try anything new and seems to dislike anything cold or wet or mushy. It drives me insane! But he's gotta eat so we keep trying. Have you tried adding pb to her pancakes? I do that sometimes for him too. French toast too, just get real maple syrup.

Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
2nd Aug '13
Quoting TheNuge:" Has she "fallen" several percentile's? For example, was she 75th for height 6 months ago? How about her height? "


No, she's always been small. She dropped a little bit when she hit 12 months, but not significantly. Her issues have been constant since she was born, and when she was a newborn was about the only time she was ever "normal." Her doctor mentioned her small size when she was 6 or 8 months, but the mantra we've heard over and over is "as long as she's still growing and hitting her milestones mostly on time." And she has grown, just very slowly. She's hit her milestones around average time, each time, except the purely physical ones she's lagged a little. All things that we've been told to expect for a baby with a CHD and other problems.

Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
2nd Aug '13
Quoting Mama❍:" I was going to suggest Nutella but then you mentioned the chocolate intolerance. What about frozen yogurt? ... [snip!] ... Have you tried adding pb to her pancakes? I do that sometimes for him too. French toast too, just get real maple syrup. "

Frozen yogurt might work. I've tried hiding peanut butter in just about everything. Sadly the little bugger has my sense of smell, she knows it's there before she even sees the food, let alone tastes it.

Brittney O'Dell 2 kids; West Virginia 748 posts
2nd Aug '13

What about Frozen Pudding Pops? Grapes rolled around in jello mix? sense she isn't a big fan of peanut butter maybe get some Almond Butter or Cashew Butter?