Did you know that toddlers should be consuming 35-50% of their daily calories from fat? I have been making an effort to add more fat to Baby Babe’s diet, but not my own! Here are some tips for keeping the whole family’s diet balanced.
I first started learning about fat in a toddler’s diet because Baby Babe’s pediatrician recommend the FATTY diet. I have been familiar with the BRATY diet for years, so this new idea threw me off! We had been dealing with tummy troubles for more than two weeks when the pediatrician recommend the fatty diet. Please be sure to discuss any health issues or questions about your child’s nutrition with their pediatrician. They may have different advice specific to your little one’s needs. We were advised to offer lots of fatty foods in hopes that we would see more solid diapers. The idea is that the fatty foods take longer to adjust allowing your baby’s belly to get back on track. This plan also recommends no fruit except for banana and no juice. We served almond butter, cheese cubes, olive oil on veggies, butter on muffins and noodles, chicken nuggets, full fat yogurt, meat, peanut butter, mayonnaise, avocado, coconut oil and full fat cottage cheese. We also added an infant probiotic once per day. After several days I noticed an improvement!
Full fat cottage cheese with olive oil, pb grahams, turkey sandwich with mayo. I mix the powdered probiotic with water and use a syringe to make sure she got the full dose.
All of the fatty things on the menu had me wondering about Baby Babe’s everyday diet. Was I offering enough fat? Now that she’s almost one she is getting a lot more of her calories from food and less from breast milk. I want to be sure I am serving foods that will help her grow and stay full between meals. After researching the topic, I decided to increase the amount of fatty foods at each meal and I decided to serve less fruit. I had been serving fruit at every meal, now I’m doing fruit at breakfast and one snack.
Easy Ways To Add Fat:
- blend coconut oil into a smoothie
- spread mayo on a sandwich
- melt butter on a muffin
- serve a spoonful of straight almond butter
- toss veggies with olive oil and stir fry
- add butter to pasta dishes
- layer mashed avocado in a cheese quesadilla
- shop for full fat dairy, not reduced fat
- stir cottage cheese into eggs before scrambling
This morning I stirred in 1 TBSP of coconut oil into her cinnamon banana oatmeal. She loved it!
salmon, broccoli steamed and tossed with coconut oil and 4% cottage cheese
I am not a fish person. 🙁 I really wish I was! I know all of the wonderful health benefits but I just don’t like it. I like smoked salmon but our smoker is too big to fire up for one small piece of fish. I hope that I can help Baby Babe have a good attitude about seafood even though it grosses me out.
freeze dried strawberries from Target
OK, this snack has zero fat but it is such a yummy snack for on the go! The ingredients listed, “strawberries”. These melt in your mouth like a puff or yogurt bite. I tried the mango but the pieces were too crunchy and jagged for Baby Babe so I HAD to eat the whole bag all by myself. It was like guilt free candy. Soooo goooood!
lentil sweet potato cup
Here’s my new recipe for an egg free, dairy free, vegan toddler cup!
Lentil Sweet Potato Cups
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 lb dry lentils
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 pinch of dried thyme
- 4 c of water or chicken/ veggie stock
- 2 baked sweet potatoes
Warm the oil over medium heat. Cook onions until soft then add the garlic. Stir in the dry lentils, curry and thyme. Toss to coat and cook for a few minutes. Add water or stock and cook over medium high heat with a cracked lid. Let the lentils cook until tender and liquids have cooked away. Mash the sweet potatoes and mix into the cooked lentils. Scoop into muffin cups and bake at 350 for about 15- 20 minutes or until slightly golden. Cool completely then freeze on a baking sheet before storing in a zip lock. Lentil sweet potato cups will hold together but have a soft texture when reheated.
My husband made this awesome slow cooker Mediterranean stew that has lots of different veggies in it. We added chickpeas for some protein. We serve it over rice with a side of Naan. It’s a great way to change it up! He prepared all of the ingredients then froze it all in a ziplock bag that way all we had to do was pop it in the slow cooker. To up the fat content for Baby Babe, we stirred in some olive oil.
Med Stew ingredients ready to freeze
pomegranate is an ongoing favorite for snacks they are packed with nutrients and so delicious!
philly cheesesteak stew
I used ground beef for this Philly Cheesesteak Stew recipe to make it more budget friendly. It turned out really good and the entire family enjoyed that dinner. There were no leftovers so next time I’ll double the recipe!
toddler sized stew
Check back soon for more ideas for adding fat to your toddler’s diet. I have some fun ideas for next week in the works!Share it!