Wednesday, December 14, 2011

High Calorie food and Nutritional Drink Ideas

I struggle daily with trying to find high calorie food so my son so that he can gain weight and get some height. Its frustrating and I can even exhausting!

At the age of 9 he had been diagnosed with Failure to Thrive (FTT) . Isn’t that the scariest word you have ever heard? Apparently all it means is “not gaining weight as quickly as s/he should”.

I want to share with you some things I used through the years that have helped my son. Some of the ideas were give by nutritionists some by his feeding therapist, some by other parents and I even came up with some myself. You eventually become very creative when you're doing this every day.

Calorie boosters like Duocal Powder, Polycose and Benecalorie - ReSource etc...
These products are not suppose alter the taste of the food or drink and I know of children who have done well with calorie boosters. Somehow my son always knew the difference!! The only thing I have been able to get away with was sprinkling Duocal Powder - on pancakes and telling him it was powdered sugar!

The following ideas are things I use to add to food to make them high calorie:
  • Olive oil, canola oil, Coconut Oil, flaxseed oil
  • Butter, margarines
  • Peanut Butter, Nutella, Almond Butter, Cashew butter, sunflower butter, etc…
  • Avocado
  • Gravies, (mushroom gravy, turkey gravy etc…) & Sauces (alfredo)
  • Syrups (maple, blueberry, caro, chocolate/strawberry syrup etc…)
  • Whole milk, heavy cream, half and half
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Creamy Salad Dressing for dipping
  • Powdered milk can be added to things like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and casseroles.
Nutrtional Drinks can also be helpful to get calories. For years my son was tube fed and for a while on Simply Right - Gentle Infant Formula - 48 oz. - Baby Formula with adding some Polycose and canola oil (note: this did make his reflux increase at times).
When he out grew infant formula he was put on PediaSure , he dropped in weight on this and that's when a friend told me about Boost Kid Essentials 1.5 He did well on this for quite a while.

Once we entered the ‘journey toward oral feeding’ we tried to get him to drink the Kid Essentials . He wanted nothing to do with it.

I even tried to mix it into smoothies. Nope wouldn't drink it.

We had some luck with Carnation Instant Breakfast for a little while but that wasn’t giving him enough calories.

At one of our nutrition appointments the nutritionist noticed the my son was drinking juice quite a bit and recommended Ensure Enlive! A Juice nutritional drink. She gave us some samples and it was a big hit. Its truly been a life saver for us. It comes in Apple and Berry flavors.

He will drink up to four a day if I let him. He has even gotten to the point where he won’t drink a typical juice box he specifically says “I don’t want juice I want Enlive! ” Great.

This can get expensive! So, I try to limit him to two a day.

Resource also has a verision of the nutritional juice called Resource Breeze,This comes in peach, berry and orange flavor.
Below is a recipe for high calorie pudding. My son loves this Recipe:

High Calorie Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup milk powder
  • 1 tbsp canola oil (or flaxseed oil)
  • 1pkg chocolate instant pudding mix
Combine all ingredients and stir well. Makes 4.5 cups300cals per serving. 9grams protein

High Calorie Hot Cocoa
  • 1 cup HOT whole milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cold milk
  • 2 tbsp puree banana (I sometimes would buy a jar of Gerber baby bananas)
  • Cinnamon
Combine cold milk, cocoa, sugar and banana. Mix well and add hot milk sprinkle with cinnamon.300cals per servings. 10g of protein.
For more information on high calorie foods check out Feeding Underweight Children.

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