suggestions for healthy snacks?

Lyndsey - posted on 01/05/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Hi, everyone. My name is Lyndsey and I have a son, Xander, who is almost 20 months old and has CF. He has done really well with gaining weight so far (he takes 5 Creon 5s with every meal)...but I feel like we aren't getting enough healthy AND fattening foods into him. Does anyone have any ideas for some healthy and fattening meals/snacks for toddlers? He doesn't really like crunchy stuff, so veggies and dip are out. Thanks!



P.S. I am so glad that I found this site!

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Bri - posted on 05/01/2009

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Hey Lyndsey,

I have an almost 8 month old and one thing that my son loves is yogurt. We share a container of it for snack time about everyday.

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Christy - posted on 10/10/2009

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My son is 3 with CF and we started Avacado at Xander's age, and he loved it. Great fats and calories.

Kelly - posted on 08/12/2009

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as far as making the scandi shakes I mix 4oz whole milk, 4 oz heavy whipping cream, and a packet of carnation instant breakfast ( I will also add ice cream too) mix well and drink about 700 - 800 calories my son drinks 2 a day

Kelly - posted on 08/12/2009

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yogurt, oatmeal (add brown sugar and apple sauce) also cook in milk instead of water,

Amanda - posted on 08/11/2009

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check out the toddler cafe book, it has a lot of fun recipes that my guy loves. including Globe balls which are peanut butter balls that you can substitute almond butter. I also use agave syrup instead of honey usually.

Katrina - posted on 05/10/2009

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Hi, I have a 4yr old WCF. She is a very picky eater and I really struggle to find much that she'll eat. I put some cream in with her breakfast cereal and she has milkshakes every lunch time. She loves pizza, unfortunately, not with veggies tho. If you can get Xander to eat soft, cooked veggies on pizza, that could be good. She also has yoghurt everyday and still has milk before bedtime. Oh, she likes mini pitta bread stuffed with cheese, for lunch. Unfortunately, not eating much seems to run in the family, with myself, my Mum & Grandma all the same as children. My Mum & I really discovered food in our teens, so I'm hoping Katie will too........ sooner would be better tho!

Good luck. Katrina.

Joy - posted on 05/09/2009

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I didn't even think of yogurt! Now that you mention it, my mom used to give us yogurt all the time! hehe Great idea, Bri!

Joy

Joy - posted on 04/11/2009

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Hi!  I'm not a mother OF any CF kids, but I am a SISTER of 3 CF kids!  It was very tough growing up with them because sometimes they were sick and scared us all and other times, you couldn't tell they had anything wrong!  As for snacks that help with weight and health, my mom always gave my sisters and my brother "Cheese and Trees"...broccoli and cauliflower and cheese sauce.  They loved it...wouldn't eat the veggies fresh or without the cheese, but didn't think they WERE veggies with the cheese!  hehe  Another thing we always had in the house was instant breakfast.  It isn't a chew-it-up snack, but it is packed with vitamins, minerals, and carbs, so they can get a lot of their nutrition and some fats from it.  My mom always made some muffin mixes, but if you are on a restricted budget, it might be easier to buy ingredients in bulk and make them from scratch.  I'll check back in a couple of days and see if you want any of my recipes.  Also, there's another "Circle of Moms" for healthy snack recipes that I am a part of.  I just signed up, so I'll need a couple of days to add to it.  My kids love my muffins!  I have a 7 year old that insists that I need to make them every time I tell her I feel like baking and don't know what to make!



I hope this is helpful!  I'll also ask my mom what else she used to do to help my sisters and brother gain weight.  My youngest sister, with CF, is now 25 1/2, so I'd say my mom did a pretty good job so far! 



Look me up on the other apps!  I hope you enjoy them!



Joy

Kristi - posted on 03/29/2009

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I found the best way to fatten up my son (when he was little, infant to toddler age) was to add 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream into his milk twice a day. It adds the extra pounds without loading him up on the sugary junk foods.  & I still made him eat his vegetables!

Paula - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi Lyndsey, my name is Paula and I have just joined. My son is 17 and when he was little we used to give him the cheese wrapped in plastic. We live in Australia so not sure where you live or if you can get them. They usually come in 6 or so in a packet. Be careful with Cheese as it can cause constipation. Jacob also used to put on a good amount of weight by adding a couple teaspoons of powdered milk powder to his milk drinks. You can also give them things they like fruit and add things like cream, custard or ice cream to it, which helps to add the calories. We used to add gravy, cream, ice cream, custard & powdered milk to different things to add the extra calories. Also quiches are very good snack foods as you can make them yourself and add whatever you like to them, for example adding some extra bacon, powdered milk powder or cheese and even some vegetables cut up very very finely. My kids have always love my zuccini quiche. Hope some of these ideas help.



Blessings



Paula 

Anna - posted on 01/30/2009

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We give our daughter who is 20 months as well powdered milk in her regular milk and we add coconut oil to her food when cooking. We have had really good results with this. We do pbjs, and almond butter/ nutella too. We use smart balance "butter" which adds lots of healthy fats and calories. She loves carnation instant breakfast, which is sugary but we use it as her dessert, and she'll drink a whole one in milk while riding in the car.

Patty - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi,  how about cheese & crackers.  My son used to love just cheese.  My son also takes Creon (Creon 10), and my care center was able to get a free sample of Duocal to help with weight gain.  It's a powder that you can mix in juice, milk, mac & cheese, just about anything they eat.  The powder is flavorless and mixes easy.

Donna - posted on 01/08/2009

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Bridget like chicken quesadillas with cheese, ranch dressing and a little sour cream. I just throw some chicken on a tortilla and cheese and microwave it. She also loves LIttle Debbie fig bars.

Lyndsey - posted on 01/07/2009

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Thanks! I'll give these a try. We don't have the ScandiShake, but I can just try regular icecream. His nutritionist says that she wants to keep the powder for if/when we have problems getting him to put on the weight. So far, we've been pretty lucky.

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I have always like cottage cheese and fruit...lately it has been cottage cheese and applesauce!



Does he like peanut butter and jelly? There's a way to fatten it up by putting the sandwich together and then buttering the outside and grill it like grilled cheese....grilled peanut butter and jelly! That has been one of my favorites for years....it has the calories, protein, fruit, and fat!!

Charmaine - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi my daughter also suffers from cf and is aged 6 and with the whole healthy eating options in schools now myself and school has come to an agreement for her to eat cheese snacks for break times fattening and healthy perfect.

Janet - posted on 01/05/2009

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We made milkshakes (high protein and to add weight) for our son using ScandiShake powder, ice cream, strawberries or other fruit and blended it up into a "milkshake".  He loved them.  The Scandishake powder has lots of vitamins and good stuff the CF kids need also.  You can check on getting it thru the CF foundation.  Hope this helps.

Gretchen - posted on 01/05/2009

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Hi Lyndsey,
My son Thomas is 12 and we do struggle to get him to put on weight, he is also lactose intolerant which makes it even harder. He is about 63 pounds and we were thrilled last year when he finally past the 60 mark but it is very slow going. Anyhow... what about peanut butter or nutella? You can put them on almost anything, they are healthier than junk food and also good at putting on weight. We make a lot of pasta salad and mashed potatoes and he will eat them after school too. Also do you get the scandi-shakes?

Take care.
Gretchen

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