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Lentils: Another Homemade Blended Formula Recipe

Lentils and Peasphoto by photobunny

As a vegetarian, I’ve known about the wonders of lentils for a while. Not only are they delicious (especially in a soup or stew), but they also provide a powerhouse of nutrition high in protein, calorie dense and balanced out with a healthy dose of carbs. Armed with this knowledge, I decided to try a recipe for Jenna’s homemade formula using lentils. Here’s what I came up with:

  • 1 c. Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix  (green & yellow split peas, barley, lentils & vegi pasta)
  • 1/4 c. quinoa
  • 2 T raw honey (No children under age 1 should consume honey!)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 T ginger (read this, too)
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 4 c. coconut milk
  • 1 c. goat’s milk kefir and here
  • 1 c. powdered goat’s milk
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T Udo’s 3-6-9 oil (read here for benefits)
  • 2 T Hemp butter
  • 1 c applesauce
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 c. chopped spinach (dark, leafy greens are an often overlooked source of protein)
  • 3 T kelp powder read this also (especially for it’s iodine, iron & selenium)
  • 6 brazil nuts (for selenium)
  • 1 c. water

All my ingredients are organic from our local co-op.

Preparation is easy. I simmer the soup mix & quinoa in the 4 cups of coconut milk. While that’s simmering, I add all other ingredients to my Vita Mix blender and blend well. I add the mixture from the stove, blend very well (sometimes adding more water to achieve the desired consistency to pass through the feeding pump tubing) and pour into storage jars.

Nutritional info:

  • 2651 calories (30 cal/oz)
  • 112 grams of fat  (38% of total calories)
  • 90 grams of protein (14% of total calories)
  • 344 grams of carbohydrates (51% of total calories)

Good to know when making these calculations:

  • Fats have 9 calories per gram
  • Proteins & carbs have 4 calories per gram

I’d like to get the protein percentage a little higher and will probably do so by using more of the lentil soup mix the next time. BUT, even though the percentage of protein for the overall mixture is not as high as I’d like, I calculated what she consumes in a day and found that she’s still getting the 18 g/day recommended for her age and weight.

Happy cooking! Happy feeding!

 
 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Dream Pie

Ganache:

  • 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream

Heat in a double boiler, stirring constantly until melted & smooth. Pour into 2 small graham cracker crusts and chill until firm.

Filling:

  • 1 lb. cream cheese
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/8 c. melted butter

Mix cream cheese until smooth and add sugar. Next mix in butter and finally, add peanut butter.

  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 oz. vanilla

Whip until soft peaks form and fold into peanut butter mixture until smooth.

Pour filling over ganache and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Do NOT think about the calories & fat involved and ENJOY!!

Note: You can make one larger pie, but make sure you have a large crust. The ganache will be thicker & you’ll have a lot of the peanut butter filling left, but it’s yummy to eat on it’s own, like a mousse.

(Sorry about the poor photo quality, but really NO photo could do justice to the deliciousness that is this pie!)

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Random Fun, Recipes

 

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Whiskey Slushies Recipe

frozen margaritaphoto by aliciagriffin

By popular request! We attended a birthday party for Jenna’s buddy Benjamin last evening, and Benjamin’s mama served whiskey slushies to the parents in attendance. I’m not a whiskey fan by a long shot, but these were tasty and refreshing! Following is her recipe.

(The photo above is not a whiskey slushie, but it’s pretty much what they looked like. She served them in margarita glasses, and some sugar on the rim would be a tasty addition!)

Whiskey Slushies:

1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 (12 oz) can frozen oj concentrate (could use limeade or any other flavor)
1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice
2 C strong brewed tea (steep 6 tea bags in 2 C hot water for about an hour)
1 C sugar
3 C bourbon whiskey or vodka
7 C water
1-2 liters gingerale
lemons, limes, or pineapples cut into wedges or slices for garnish

In a large plastic container combine all ingredients except for ginger ale and fruit wedges. Mix well and freeze for at least 24 hours (mine wasn’t in the freezer that long and it was like a pond in winter…the edges were frozen but the middle not so much). When ready to serve, take out of freezer and as it’s thawing, scoop out into glasses and add ginger ale to taste. Stir and garnish with fruit wedge.  It’s yummy to have in the freezer all summer, refreshing and fun to have it for anytime.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2011 in Random Fun, Recipes

 

Update

 

I think an update is long overdue. Somehow, the hours of the day always seem to get away from me, and even though I’ve been meaning to post, the words just keep piling up in my head and never quite make it to the computer. Thanks for being so forgiving!

Jenna celebrated her birthday and now proudly tells anyone she can that she’s FIVE! It’s amazing what a difference one number can make. When she learned her dentist appointment was approaching (routine exam & cleaning), she started crying and whining but then caught herself. She took a deep breath and said softly to herself, “I’m five now. I can do this.” and she DID! With no crying or freaking out. I was so proud of her.

She’s now 44″ tall and weighs in at 43 pounds. She’s right smack on the “average” line on growth charts now. Quite an improvement from not even being on the curve! The blenderized formula is going phenomenally well, and we will soon transition to including her overnight feeding in this switch. At that point, all of her feeding will be with homemade formula. Yay! My main hurdle for this is step is finding a way to keep the calorie count up, but make the formula thin enough to feed through her pump overnight. We still run into trouble with the pump when we try to push homemade formula through. Our other option is to move all of her feeds to when she’s awake, but this means 5 feedings during the day. When you consider the fact that she wakes at 8 am, naps from 1-5, and goes to bed at 8 pm, there aren’t a lot of waking hours left to squeeze 5 feedings in! She’s awake a total of 8 hours and there are a lot of other things she (and we!) would like to do besides sitting still for a feeding. *Sigh* We’ll figure something out!

On the homemade formula side of things, I’ve started branching out to more than just my basic recipe that I posted before. It started when I was in a pinch one morning. She needed fed, and I didn’t have all the ingredients for my recipe (sorry to disappoint you if you thought I was perfectly organized all the time – ha!). This led to me looking around at what I had and essentially throwing things together. That morning, it was some oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, kefir and hemp butter. I realized that I would be thrilled if she ate that by mouth, so it should be fine to feed her by tube! Since then, I occasionally just “throw” things together that are handy. Having the core knowledge of fat, protein and calorie content helps a lot. I just try to throw in things that are balanced with the goodness she needs. My base recipe is still my staple, and I usually simply tweak that a little with different fruit & veggie additions, but every now and then, I mix it up with a few leftovers from dinner the night before, or something I have handy in the pantry. We haven’t had any problems with her tolerating anything (I still stay away from cow’s milk, since it upset her stomach in the past). It’s nice to have the added flexibility, and she seems to be maintaining or gaining weight just fine.

We’re still not having much improvement with oral eating. She nibbles, and she’ll occasionally try new things, but there aren’t too many calories being consumed that way. Suggesting to her that eating by mouth will mean no more tubes and pump is only met with extreme distress. She WANTS the tube to feed her! She NEVER wants her “special button” to be taken out. I think part of this is due to her thinking that taking it out permanently will hurt, but I think most of it is simply due to the fact that it’s all she has ever known. It’s kind of a part of her. Taking it out is the “unknown” and the unknown is usually scary. Our one bit of leverage is that she HATES having a new gastronomy button placed every 4 months. With a passion. She’s a little more receptive to the idea that eating by mouth means that we don’t have to keep changing the button, we just refrain from mentioning that there would be a one-last-time removal of the button along with that. The bottom line is that I think she just has to do this in her own time, when she is ready. I think we just have to stop trying to push our schedule. Always easier said than done.

We have basically hibernated through the winter and are feeling a little spring-feverish. We’ve worked on PT and OT here at home (though not as rigidly as if we had attended appointments), and we see improvements in lots of areas. She still really struggles with holding anything to write or draw with for an extended time. She fatigues very easily, and gets frustrated when she can’t make straight lines. Because she has no measurable grip strength, her lines all look very shaky and uneven. It’s a lot of work for her to control her muscles and a pencil or crayon. It’s hard for me to see her get so frustrated. She LOVES anything art-related, and loves to work at her easel, but she quickly fatigues from standing in one place. I finally found my way to an IKEA store (I had never been in one before) and found a Mammut stool that is PERFECT for her to work on at her easel. Sitting is hard for her to do for very long, too, but this makes it easy for her to stand for a while and then sit for a while.

Side note: I thought she might be struggling with some hyperactivity issues because she constantly shifts and fidgets when she’s sitting. She frequently slides one leg off the chair so that one knee remains on the chair while the other leg stands. I asked our therapist about this and she adamantly said that it’s NOT hyperactivity, it’s incredibly low core strength. She said that sitting still in a chair requires much more core strength than most people think and it’s very wearing for CP kiddos. So, really, ANY position for extended periods of time is tough for her, since she has low muscle tone everywhere.

Her sensory processing issues are much, MUCH better overall. She still hates loud noises and will cover her ears and complain, but at least she doesn’t immediately meltdown or scream in terror. She is still very sensitive to bright sunlight, but as long as we always have her sunglasses along, she manages without melting down. She has much more tolerance for touching a variety of textures and will now even play with her “slime” or in sand without freaking out and resisting. She still has definite sensory seeking or sensory avoidant days, but we’re getting used to her signals and learning how to adjust to what she needs. We were having a lot of trouble with her settling for sleep, but then remembered her weighted blanket (thanks, Jenn!). It makes a world of difference, and she’s been sleeping with it every night. Her other big hurdle was her oral fixation and the tendency to put fingers and objects in her mouth. Her chewy necklace has really helped with this. I actually ordered the Kid Companion necklace for her, and she hated it. Boo. She said it was “too hard.” She loves that the teether is more “squishy” and has more give when she bites. The good news is, I kept the lanyard from the Kid Companion and used it to solve our necklace problem. Perfect! She does get a few weird looks when she’s wearing a teether in public, but who really cares?

She struggles a lot with shortness of breath and wheezing. It’s frustrating for her when she’s around other kids, because she wants to run and chase like they are, but when they are just getting wound up, she is exhausted. She frequently has to announce that she needs to rest and sits down, gasping for breath while the other kids continue obliviously. It’s hard for me to watch because I feel sad for her. Our pulmonologist appointment is coming up in May, so we’ll see what he has to say at that point.

We thought we had escaped the dreaded crud of cold and flu season this year, but yesterday she started with something the doctor thinks is viral. She’s completely congested, running a fever (101 this morning), and coughs whenever she lays down, which makes it really hard to sleep. We’re pushing lots of fluids, trying to make sure she gets lots of rest and starting Rynatan to hopefully dry up all the mucus before it moves to her lungs. We’ve had a lot of success over the last year if we start Rynatan at the first sign of any cold/flu congestion. It’s such a relief to have something that helps us dodge pneumonia and hospitalization.

We’re heading to FL for a couple of weeks in just a couple of weeks. The sunshine and warmth will be good for us all. Jenna’s uncle is getting married down there, and between a wedding, seeing her grandma and grandpa and the fact that we’re renting a PINK cottage, she couldn’t be more excited.

I’ll try to do better at posting more ideas for home therapy and maybe a recipe or two now and then. Until then, if you have any questions about where we’re at or what we’re doing, please feel free to ask in the comments or email me at psychmamma1 {at} gmail.com.

 

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Natural Deodorant Redux

homemade deodorantphoto by lorigami

Time to update my findings on my search for a natural deodorant! I’m sure you’ve been in suspense since I left you hanging at the last post.

After researching online, I found that it looked like it was pretty rare to have an allergy to cornstarch or coconut. BUT, apparently, many people with sensitive skin don’t tolerate baking soda. Who knew?? With this knowledge, I decided to try the previous recipe with half the amount of baking soda. Here’s the adjusted recipe that I’ve been using for 4 days now:

  • 5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (I added more cornstarch for a thicker consistency since I decreased the soda)

The best news? Absolutely NO rash. Yay! I still love the soft coconut scent, and I haven’t noticed any stinkiness. I do feel a little more wetness, but I haven’t noticed any wetness or residue on my clothes. It seems like more cornstarch would combat the wetness, but maybe the soda helps even more with this. Our bodies need to sweat, so I don’t mind a bit of wetness as long as I don’t stink and can avoid the aluminum and synthetic chemicals in commercial deodorants. If the baking soda doesn’t bother your skin, you might stick with the recipe in my first post for the best effectiveness, but if you have sensitive skin or develop a rash with the first recipe, I can assure you that this one works wonderfully.  I’ll be sticking with this one for now and will update again when summer hits with all its stifling humidity. That will be the REAL test.

To address a couple issues that came up after my last post:

  • Coconut oil solidifies at temperatures of 60°(F) or less. For easier mixing, you can warm it to an oil in a pan of hot water or briefly in the microwave
  • During the summer (or for readers in hot climates), you may want to refrigerate your mixture to keep it the thickness you desire.
  • I use unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil from our local co-op. You can find it online at Tropical Traditions.
 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Going Green, Health, Recipes

 

Make Your Own Natural Deodorant

homemade deodorantphoto by lorigami

Alternate titles considered: “Going Native” or “To Stink or Not to Stink”

Hehe!

In all seriousness, I truly AM making an effort to go a little more native in areas dealing with purchasing/consuming synthetic chemicals. I’m guessing true natives didn’t worry too much about deodorant at all, so I’m not quite going all the way. BUT, I’ve started making my own foaming soap that I use for dishes, hand washing, showering, bathing, shampoo, and even general cleaning! I’ve even started making my own laundry detergent. I hope to post on both of those products at another time.  I’m making these changes in an effort to limit the number of synthetic and potentially toxic chemicals that I’m not only absorbing through my skin, but also adding to the environment and the world’s water system.  {Side note: The key, active ingredient in commercial antiperspirant/deodorants, for example (along with many other synthetic chemicals), is aluminum. We’re rubbing it into our skin and the sensitive lymph tissue frighteningly near our breasts. Yikes!} I’m also making a concerted effort to minimize the amount of waste I produce (especially plastic), and hand soap dispensers, laundry detergent bottles, and deodorant containers are items I was frequently discarding with very little thought. Ugh. Shame on me. Finally, I’m pretty happy that those changes also tie in to a pretty significant savings in the area of our checkbook. You can’t beat that!

Today, I made the switch to homemade, natural deodorant. I held off on this step longer than the others for one fairly obvious reason. I don’t want to stink. I’ve tried MANY natural deodorant alternatives over the years, and I’ve just never been impressed. I always felt like I ended up with at least slight body odor (if not SERIOUS BODY ODOR) that was often mixed with a weird herb-y smell. Eww. Just…..Eww. Since having a baby and a hysterectomy, I swear that body odor creeps up on me faster than it used to, so this is a serious concern. If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a researcher at heart. I’ve read all kinds of recipes for natural deodorant as well as a plethora of reviews. I finally found this one that many people swore by who had gone through many years of trying other natural alternatives and feeling frustrated.  Here’s the recipe:

5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch

That’s it! I’m not sure it could get any easier! When mixed, it has a pasty, gel-like texture like what you see pictured above. I simply spread it on with my fingertips the same way I would any lotion. If you want to add a scent, you can add a drop or two of the essential oil of your choice, or even a squeeze of lime! I’ve considered a drop of tea tree oil due to it’s antibacterial qualities (bacteria are what create the stink) but am slightly concerned that it might be too drying. I didn’t add any scent to this batch, and the coconut oil has a very soft, unobtrusive scent of its own.

I’m giving it a seven day test and will update this post each day with my general level of activity, how sweaty I felt & how stinky I got. Hehe! I’ll end with my overall satisfaction with the switch and let you know if I plan to stick with it or not. If you want to join in, please leave a note in the comments and let me know what YOU decide!

Here’s the post where I originally found the recipe. Fingers crossed for no stinking!

  • Day 1: Moderate activity (vacuuming, light exercise, yoga, & usual Mommy stuff). No stink! Didn’t feel sweaty! Like the slightly coconutty scent.
  • Day2: Big test = no shower today. DID re-apply deodorant in the a.m. Ran errands & got very hot in winter coat, due to spring thaw in progress. Worried about stink. Guess what? NO STINK! Color me impressed.
  • Day 3: VERY active day. Laundry, therapy w/J (I do steps & squats, too!), yoga, exercise bike, cooking, & errands. NO. STINK.
  • Day 4: Good news & bad. Good news: still no stink, I LOVE the soft coconut scent, no residue/oils on clothes (commercial deodorant is MUCH worse), and I really think it works. Bad news: I developed a rash today. Ugh. I am TOTALLY bummed. I love everything about this stuff. Except the rash. I’m guessing that it’s a reaction to the cornstarch, so I’m going to abort this test and make another batch. I’ll substitute arrowroot powder from our co-op for the cornstarch and see if it makes a difference. Hoping to get some arrowroot powder to have a new batch mixed tomorrow or Saturday. Will do a new post & a new 7-day test from there. Sorry to leave you hanging!

Update: Have been doing some research and am learning that allergies to any of these ingredients are VERY RARE. Hmmmm. So why do I have a red rash?? I think I’m going to delay my next batch a bit longer and do some skin testing with each individual product to see if it causes redness. My other thought is that my rash is possibly heat/moisture related. Since there is no antiperspirant involved, I’m sure there’s some sweating going on, and the coconut oil itself kind of creates a perpetually moist environment. If that’s the problem, I’m not sure how to solve it. Will research more, do some testing, and keep you posted.

Update #2: Everything I’m reading seems to be pointing to the baking soda as the rash culprit. Who knew?! Apparently, sodium bicarbonate can be irritating to sensitive skin. I think I’m going to try cutting the baking soda in half and see what happens. If the rash is from moisture, & possibly fungal realted (Eww!), tea tree oil might help, but essential oils can be irritating, too, so I think I might try the soda solution first.

 

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Going Green, Health, Recipes

 

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Homemade Blenderized Formula for G-Tube

*Update: I just got a call from our dietician from the GI team telling me she reviewed my recipe and Jenna’s stats over the last month and was thoroughly impressed.  She said my nutritional content almost EXACTLY matches what she was getting with Boost 1.5 and that Jenna’s doing great.  I swear the GI team totally thought I wouldn’t be able to do this, that Jenna would lose weight and that we’d be back on formula within a month.  I love surprising them. 🙂

We decided to make a big switch in Jenna’s feeding routine.  We’re moving toward all organic, homemade blenderized feeds instead of pre-packaged formula.  We did NOT make this decision lightly.  I did a ton of reading and researching, and we, of course, talked to our GI specialist and nutritional team.  There is no doubt that this change requires much more time, attention and diligence on my part.  I would have loved to do this long ago, but, quite frankly, I know without a doubt that I wouldn’t have been able to manage it well earlier in Jenna’s care.  Her weight issues were very serious, and added to her other medical concerns and requirements, I don’t think I would have had enough time or energy to focus on this as required.  I’m telling you this to make sure that you understand that I’m not in ANY WAY saying that this is what everyone should do.  Every situation is different, and only you and your medical team can determine what’s best for your family and your kiddo at this point in your journey.

Our main reasons for deciding to make the switch were based on health and environmental concerns.  We’re hoping it also equates into some financial savings.  Health wise, we wanted to get away from her pre-packaged formulas that were primarily corn and soy based, due to our concerns with heavy pesticide use and genetically modified crops.  (Watching the movie King Corn served as somewhat of a catalyst here).  Additionally, the health benefits of whole, organic foods over pre-packaged, processed foods are pretty much undisputed.  There are some theories supporting the idea that using whole, “real” foods also encourages eating behavior and helps the child transition from tube feeds to oral.  As the food is prepared, the child smells and sees the food and can even help with the preparation.  As the child digests the whole, blended foods, they burp and experience the tastes and flavors of the foods, increasing curiosity in a variety of foods (a little gross – I know – but that’s the way it is).  We’re willing to give it a try!

Our environmental concerns largely centered on the phenomenal amount of waste we were producing daily with formula boxes and feeding bags.  Once we make a complete switch, we will only require a few 60 mL syringes and extension tubes for bolus feedings and administering medicine.  We’re fairly certain that even with buying all organic ingredients, we’ll see significant cost savings by eliminating these costly supplies.  Formula and feeding bags alone cost approximately $2400/month!!  Eeeep!  Finally, making this switch will enable us to move away from reliance on a feeding pump (and the electricity it uses) and the need to take it with us everywhere along with its backpack.

In preparing for this change, two of the first things I did were to purchase a book called Homemade Blended Formula Handbook (HBFH), and a Vitamix blender (pictured above).  The cookbook is an invaluable resource full of nutritional information/requirements & recipes, and I cannot say enough good things about my Vitamix blender!!  I did a LOT of searching, and that book is the only one like it that I could find out there.  If you know of any others, please let me know!  Our GI specialist didn’t even know of any others available.

Through the Oley Foundation, I learned that special pricing is sometimes available for those requiring a Vitamix blender for medical reasons such as primary feeding.  I contacted Frank at the Vitamix corporation, and he was a joy to work with.  As soon as we provided a doctor”s statement of medical necessity to him, he got the ball rolling.  His service was quick and professional.  We received a significant discount on a refurbished unit that includes a full 7-year warranty and a wonderful book of recipes and usage tips.

Once we were set up for action and our GI team approved our switch, I started putting together a base recipe using existing ideas in the HBFH and organic ingredients that I knew I would have access to.  Here’s the base recipe that I came up with: *

2 cups chicken broth (I use free range/low sodium)

1 cup sprouted quinoa

1 T olive oil

ginger

cinnamon

1/2 cup applesauce

4 T almond butter

1/2 cup powdered goat’s milk

1 cup goat’s milk kefir (see link for benefits)

1 T hemp butter (see link for benefits)

1 large egg hard boiled (Again – free range)

1 large banana

1 T Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil (Click here for benefits/why)

1.5 cups water (or more – depending on desired thickness)

Cook quinoa according to package directions with chicken broth (instead of water), olive oil, ginger, and cinnamon.  Ginger aids and soothes the digestive track and decreases inflammation (see the highlighted link for more information).  I use fresh when I have it, and dried/ground if not.  Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium, boosts the immune system, may help decrease inflammation & joint pain, and has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antiseptic properties (see the highlighted link above, or try this one for more information)!!  Wow!  I’m generous with both the ginger and cinnamon- add what you’d like.

While the quinoa is cooking, I add all the other ingredients to the VitaMix.

When the quinoa is done cooking, I simply pour it into the VitaMix with all the other ingredients and blend!  Start to finish, the entire process takes me about 20 minutes.

This recipe yields approximately nine 150mL servings.  Each serving has:

206 calories

11 g fat

7.3 g protein

I find all of the ingredients at our local co-op.  If you don’t have this wonderful luxury, try health food stores or online shopping.  Many of them can probably be found at a standard grocery store.

We flush her extension tube with 30mL water before starting and 30-60mL when finished.  We also supplement with Poly-Vi-Sol and D-Vi-Sol daily, and recently added Miralax to help with bowel regularity.

When I first made this, I used cow’s milk (powdered and whole) and Jenna complained of a tummy ache after every feed.  I switched to goat’s milk and she hasn’t complained since.  If your kiddo tolerates cow’s milk, that would obviously be easier to find.  Now that I’ve determined that Jenna tolerates this formula with no problems, I plan to use it as a “base” and tweak it by adding other ingredients or flavors.  I’ve already tried adding blueberries to the mix, and the possibilities are endless.  I’m thinking spinach, kale, pears, strawberries, beans, broccoli, etc.

You could substitute the water with fortified soy milk, almond milk, etc. to add more calories/protein/fat, but you need to make sure that your child is getting enough additional water throughout the day to meet their hydration requirements.

When we started this switchover process, Jenna was receiving three pump feedings – one in the morning, one during her nap, and one (the largest) overnight.  Our first step was to replace just the morning feeding.  We carefully watched for any signs of discomfort or allergic reaction.  Due the timing of the holiday season when we started, we ended up prolonging this stage for almost a month.  We then switched both of her daytime feedings to homemade, blended foods.  We’ve been doing this for almost two weeks now.  During this process, Jenna maintained her weight with no vomiting.  She hasn’t gained weight yet, but that always takes her some time.  It’s also notable that for two and a half weeks, she had a respiratory virus, and she’s previously always LOST weight when she is sick in any way.  Maintaining her weight throughout her sickness is a wonderful sign.

For the formula feeds that we’re still giving her (now, only overnight), we switched to an organic formula option, called PediaSmart.  PediaSmart is free of lactose, gluten and corn and contains no genetically modified ingredients.  Jenna made this transition with no problems.  Once we’ve made the transition to all homemade, blended foods (hopefully with no overnight feedings), we still plan to keep some of the organic formula on hand for times when homemade, blended feeds are inconvenient or impossible, such as when we travel and refrigeration isn’t available, or in case of power outage.

I’ll keep you posted with our progress, any new recipes I find that work, and hopefully, more precise calculations of our cost savings.

Please let me know in the comments if you have additional ideas, experiences, or your own recipes or sources!  I always love hearing from you.

Other resources for blenderized formula, tube feeding, and pediatric nutrition:

Ainsley Rae

Praying for Parker

Gaining & Growing

Lucy’s Real Food for the Tube

Oley Foundation Discussion Forum

Contemporary Nutrition Support Practice: A Clinical Guide

Handbook of Pediatric Nutrition

*As always, this information is not intended to replace you doctor’s recommendations.  I’m simply sharing our own experiences.  Always check with your doctor before making any changes with diet or scheduled feedings.