While in the hospital after Parker’s Nissen I was fortunate enough to meet with a nurtritionalist who gave me an outline for a blenderized diet to replace the 5 cans of Pediasure a day Parker had been receiving.
The diet is based on The Homemade Blended Formula Handbook.
I can’t say enough good about this resource.
For a kid requiring 1200 calories a day, your ‘recipe’ would look something like this:
- Grains: 4 one ounce equivalents such as 1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta or oatmeal.
- Vegetables: 1.5 cups vegetables.Â Choose a wide variety of colors for best nutrition.
- Fruit: 1 cupÂ Choose actual fruits over fruit juices.Â Again, choose a wide variety of colors.
- Milk or Milk Substitute: Milks, yogurts, soft cheeses.Â (We are using organic goat milk and whole fat cow milk and homemade yogurts.)
- Meat, Beans, Nuts: 3 one ounce equivalents such as 1 T nut butter, meat, poultry, fish, nuts, or 1/4 C cooked legumes.
- Fats: 4 teaspoons of healthy oils such as olive, canola, or flax.
(This is truly just the bare basics.Â You’ll need to purchase the book for the entire scoop.Â And, nope, I don’t get any kick backs for purchases made.Â I purchased my own copy of the book.Â Parker will also be followed by the FUN clinic at PCMC.)
I do a variety of fresh and frozen fruits and veggies. And I choose to scrounge up the extra cash for organic with Parker. My kids joke that Parker gets the really great stuff and they get stuck with the powdered milk we buy in bulk from the LDS cannery.
And to be perfectly honest, the only way we are going to be able to maintain this diet for the long haul is for me to start growing as much of it as possible. I’ll be setting out my cold frames as soon as I can so I can start growing our own greens, etc.
Our local Smith’s carries a pretty decent selection of organic fruits, milk, and veggies. And they run about 10-20% less than the health food store.
What I REALLY wish I could find is a organic co-op that went year round.
I roasted some veggies and threw them into the Vita-Mix and blended them up.
My Vita-Mix is my BFF.Â Seriously.
Then I put individual serving sizes into plastic container and stuck them into the freezer for use later in the month.
I was so fortunate to have received some amazing organic beef and chicken from Greensbury Market to use this month for Parker’s blenderized diet.
( While I did receive both steak and chicken, I was NOT paid for any review. If this stuff would have been awful I would have told you exactly that. )
I snuck some of the steak as soon as it was cooked and it was delicious. I was surprised at how tender it was, and how good it tasted with no seasonings what. so. ever.
Then I used half of the chicken in a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup for the entire family. My kids were arguing over who got the most chicken. Ahem. This stuff was good.
I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, I might be able to work out a blog sponsorship deal with Greensbury Market so that I can continue using it in Parker’s homemade formula.
(Whadda ya say, Greensbury Market?)
Finally, it was recommend that we include a vitamin in Parker’s diet. I just chose a good quality children’s chewable and throw it in the VitaMix with everything else.
I’ll admit.Â It’s a bit of extra work.Â But, I truly believe that a good diet will make a huge difference in Parker’s quality ofÂ life.Â Â And I’m willing to be closely followed by the FUN clinic.Â I’m keeping a record of each day’s recipe which I will then show the nutritionalist at each FUN appointment.
Now, off to email the good folks at Greensbury Market!