Nutrition and Preschoolers
There is more to life than just donuts.
Although donuts are a break through for Isaac,...he's resisted sweet and sticky foods consistently since his arrival three years ago.
If Isaac thinks too long about the sticky glaze and powdered sugar, those textures do get to worrying him and he wants washed off and quick,...but at least, he does taste and eat them,...and that's a step forward for a little guy that doesn't have a sweet tooth.
Don't get me wrong, we don't encourage a sweet tooth!!!
Actually we actively limit Isaac's sugar intake, he has enough energy without throwing fuel on the fire, but we bend the rule occasionally, as in the case of these donuts which were a special treat for Isaac's big brothers who were in the midst of taking final exams at the university.
With preschoolers, especially a preschooler with special needs: all is fair in love and nutrition.
Thankfully Isaac has no eating challenges: aside from learning to use his utensils, sit at the table (he's a grazer), and be open to a more varied diet,...ie: veggies.
Like any other preschooler Isaac will practically eat any vegetable that has been coated and fried such as these fried okra - he's chowing down on. But that's not exactly practical or nutritious for daily consumption.
So we get a little sneaky,...it's fair.
Bananas are a no-no on Isaac's radar,...too sticky icky. He gives me an 'ARE YOU KIDDING ME' look when I offer him bananas - straight up - which I do on a regular basis. I just smile, turn away and smash the banana into his oatmeal, which he gulps down without a qualm.
Score 1 for Mommy.
Spagetti squash has worked like a charm, Isaac LOVES noodles.
Score 2 for Mommy.
Also, Isaac likes apple slices and I did have success by slicing a yellow squash in rounds and placing it with his apple slices - he ate most of them along with the apples, until he ran out of apples and caught onto my game - the rest of the squash were left on his plate.
Score 1 for Isaac.
Any type bean, kidney, garbanzo, black bean, red bean, purple hull,...Isaac will consume and consume in great quantities,...which is a huge nutritional score, protein, fiber, iron, ect.
I've had success with carrot or zucchini muffins and pumpkin cookies, but it's hard to make a good tasting baked good without sugar,...sorry but it is,...and we do limit Isaac's sugar intake,...but when I do make a baked good, I make sure it is spiked with either, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, ect...
Protein is not a problem with Isaac, aside from legumes, he willingly eats, turkey burgers, ham, chicken, eggs, and especially fish,...he LOVES fish,...and nuts as we have no allergies.
Bread is also not a problem for Isaac.
Note: we did try gluten free for a while, but we didn't see any results, for us, I know it does help some, but Mr. Isaac doesn't seem to have any problems with gluten, although we did find several non-glueten recipes which are soooo much better than wheat we're glad to stick with our new finds.
But back to bread. Isaac likes toast and waffles, oatmeal, cereal, noodles, and a bowl of rice is never safe in his presence,....he'll gobble every single grain,...then help everyone else with their portion of rice as well,...so beware the Rice Gobbler.
Fruit, aside from bananas, Isaac will readily consume just about any fruit, although he has expensive tastes and has a liking for organic strawberries, raspberries and grapes.
It's just those veggies,...we're still struggling with,...he likes corn, peas, and fried anything.
Still Mommy has one last trick up her sleeve.
Or rather a Mud Milkshake.
Sounds yummy and with its river mud like consistency and appearance it looks every yummier,...but looks can be deceiving,..because I spike the chocolate milkshake with fresh spinach and frozen bananas.
Score 3 for Mommy.
Milkshakes and Smoothies are a new break through for Isaac,...as yet, he's still never even eaten any ice cream,...too sticky-too cold,...but he likes what I blender-up in our blender at home.
This, of course, is just your basic 'green' milkshake,...it's kinda new to us,...Isaac hasn't been on the milkshake bandwagon that long, and I am usually leery of fads, but green milkshakes aren't a fad, it's a great way to sneak some nutrition down your little one.
Unfortunately I am just not a measure type cook,...I guess and go,...so these directions are just approximations.
For two servings Mud Milk: 1 frozen banana, 8 oz soy milk (or whatever type milk you consume), dash nutmeg (I grate whole nutmegs), dash ground cinnamon, 1 heaping tsp dark chocolate cocoa, handful spinach, (I guess 1 cup or 1 1/2 cups), handful of ice, sweetener (whatever you use.)
Step One: add sweetener, spices, chocolate, soy milk and spinach in blender and blend until spinach dissolves into tiny pieces.
Step Two: add frozen banana and ice into blender and blend until thick.
Note: there is no right or wrong here,...if it's too thin add more ice cubes or perhaps another chunk of frozen banana,...if it's too thick,...thin with milk,...if it's not sweet enough,..add more sweetener,...make it your own,...just for myself I like a dash of instant coffee,...play with it,...
Step Three: enjoy,...Isaac loves this stuff,...he can't get enough and is constantly signing: MORE.
I did not offer a picture of Mud Milk, because it truly,...truly,...truly looks like greenish river mud,...taste great though,...you can't taste the spinach at all!!!
Isaac is a very boyish-boy so drinking mud is no problem for him, but if a little one had a problem with the looks you could try offering the milkshake in an enclosed container with a straw,...out of sight,...out of mind.
Like I said these green milkshakes are new to us and I am excited about them as the possibilities seem endless....
Of course, I know every combination I try won't be potable, ie: taste good, but Mud Milk has been a great success!
In the future, I am looking forward to trying different veggies as we attempt to hit all of our nutritional markers with our little one,...after all: all is fair in love and nutrition.
Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!