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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.
- 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!