Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Typical Blended Meal

Everyday is different, just like you and I eat different things everyday. But...how is it done, and what is somewhat typical to blend?

Well, it depends on what is on sale or what I feel adventurous on trying to steam and blend. I have made puree's out of the average stuff. Carrots, bananas, and green beans. I have also ventured into puree' kale, mustard greens,  spaghetti squash and plums.

FYI: plums DO NOT  blend well. Not impossible, but would take a lot more work than I'm willing to put in. Maybe one day I will try again. They need to be de-seeded and peeled. The skin just does not fully blend, leaving tiny pieces which clog the tube line. A commercial blender might do the trick, but that's not what I have to work with right now. Oh, and the seeds won't just break loose so you can pick them out. Even a standard blender will grind them quickly, which you will never be able to fully pick out. It's like trying to pick glitter out of a glass. Good luck with that.

His breakfast blend is typically the same menu, just a different fruit each day. It consists of a fruit, infant cereal, probiotic, and milk. Sometimes I will scramble an egg to throw in.

Recipe I came up with:

4-5 oz of puree' fruit
1/4 cup of infant oatmeal or other infant cereal
1 scrambled egg (optional and not fed everyday)
1 cup of milk
water as needed to thin down the blend

John's lunch and dinner blend is usually a blend that is large enough in volume to go the rest of the day. This blend will be a meat and two vegetables, avocado or pecan oil, and a juice.

Recipe I came up with:

4-5 oz of puree' vegetable
4-5 oz of puree' vegetable
1 2.5 oz jar of baby food meat
2 tbsp of oil (I use either avocado or pecan)
1 cup of juice (I often use vegetable juice, but change up between apple, orange and grape juices)
water as needed to thin down the blend

This works for us. Some days when I need to do more puree'ing and stocking the freezer I will only use one puree' vegetable. This is hit and miss though, also there are days where I might blend a soup for him instead. That may only last one or two feedings though. My goal is to provide John's body as much variety as any other kid would get. He probably gets better variety than any other kid since I bypass the taste buds and the "ew that looks gross" obstacle.

It is a lot of work, but my once failing to thrive baby is now a fat baby/toddler. His reflux is so much better than it used to be. Even with several medications, we used to deal with frequent vomiting. Now he rarely vomits, and he's nearly weaned off of one of his GI medications.

Is a blended diet better than commercial formula? I'd say the proof is in the pudding.

Take care until next week.

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