At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Headlines Read,...

Toddler develops taste buds on fingertips

Taste by touch? 

Perhaps not, but our Mr. Isaac majestically refuses any food that he deems to be 'gooey' or 'sticky' or just doesn't pass his teeny tiny fingertip touch test.

For us that translates to NO ketchup on his McHappy meals.

Not that hamburgers and fries make up the extent of Isaac's diet, but with his 'sensory issues' - we do find ourselves scrambling to find healthy alternatives to meet his particular 'sensory' criteria.

Unfortunately the adage: 'kids will eat when they get hungry' -- doesn't apply when dealing with children with sensory processing issues, because his aversion is not the result of defiance, but part of his challenges in 'processing' the sensory input.

Offering a variety of foods, including gooey and sticky foods, is part of Isaac's therapy, unfortunately most of these foods have not yet been able to cross his 'sensory' boundaries, which are guarded by his discriminating little fingertips.

So what is a mommy to do to make sure her little one is getting adequate vitamins?

A supplement would be a great alternative, but Isaac isn't open to the taste or smell of liquid vitamins, he has issues with soft foods, so I can't slip them into yogurt or applesauce. Such a little guy with still developing teeth, he's not quite ready to try chewable vitamins and I am not sure if 'gummy' vitamins will pass his fingertip test.

But, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve: whole wheats breads, cereals and pasta, mashed banana slipped into his oatmeal, which fortunately he will eat with a spoon. Aside from a McDonald burger and fries treat, the alternatives that Isaac is offered - are healthy or healthy  - he can take his pick which healthy food he wants to eat, the orange slices or sunflower kernels. Also smoothies with frozen bananas and V8 splash have been a hit and have helped cover the vitamin C gap in Isaac's diet when we run short on oranges or strawberries.

Vitamin A is my biggest concern in Isaac's dietary needs.

I wish sweet potato fries had worked, that's a great source of vitamin A, but Isaac just gave me a funny look when I offered him some, although he will eat sweet potato 'chips' and dehydrated veggie chips, but they are expensive and a tad too salty for daily consumption.

Chasing vitamin A, I scored big time with: Pumpkin Cookies.

Nice and dry and not too sweet, because Mr. Isaac does not have a sweet tooth, these nutritional cookies passed our little guy's fingertip test.

I baked the cookies yesterday afternoon and last night, Isaac unknowingly consumed an adequate serving of vitamin A, and bunch of other nutritional 'goodies' I slipped into the recipe - including: protein, omega 3, calcium, potassium, iron, and fiber.

Pumpkin Cookies:

1 15 oz can pumpkin
1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup butter or margarine (I used Smart Balance sticks)
2 cups sugar
1 tbs black strap molasses
1 tsp salt
3 cup whole wheat flour
2 cup whole oats
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs
4 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar. Add pumpkin, bananas, eggs, flax, chia seeds, molasses and blend. Add flour, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and combine into a dough. Fold into the dough: oats, raisins, almonds, cranberries and chocolate chips.

Not having a lot of time, I spread the cookie dough onto two cookie sheets. I forgot to time how long they baked, it was probably about 15 minutes,...or maybe even a little longer.

With a base recipe, I can add a variety of different dried fruits, nuts and seeds to keep these cookies interesting and nutritional and that for us and Isaac that is great headline news!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

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