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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Blended recipes for g-tube feeds

We give Joey a mostly blended diet of fruits and veggies thru his g-tube vs using pre-made nutritional supplements. 

Here is two recipes I came up with

Fruit:

2 4oz containers of Mixed Fuits and Oatmeal baby food = 140 calories
1 container of Benecalorie= 330 calories
2/3 cup apple juice = 47 calories
 1 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt- 224 calories
6 tablespoons of Happy Bellies Organic Oatmeal= 120 calories (contains 120% RDA of Iron!)
1 tablespoon heavy cream= 50 calories
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all that equaled about 21 oz of food and 911 calories.  I divide that into 3 oz container so its about 130 calories per container.


I change up the fruits each time I make it.  I usually do fresh or frozen fruits- blueberries, cooked applies, banana, peaches, and a mango once.  I do applesauce sometimes and some baby food fruits.  Some fruits are just easily to use baby food, WAY less work for me! 

Veggie:

1 cup cooked mixed veggies= 90 calories
 1 container of Benecalorie= 330 calories
2/3 cup apple juice = 47 calories
 2/3 cup Greek Yogurt- 112 calories
3 tablespoons of Happy Bellies Organic Oatmeal= 60 calories (contains 60% RDA of Iron!)
1 tablespoon heavy cream= 50 calories

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all that equals about 15 oz of food and  689 calories.  I divide that into 3 oz container so its about 138 calories per container.

I do mostly frozen veggies, mixed veggies are great!  As for fresh veggies, I usually do carrots, sweet potatoes and Avacado.  I have done pumpkin in the fall.  I do some baby food veggies from time to time.


Joey get's 4 containers per day thru his g-tube, so just from food alone he gets about 536 calories!  In addition to what little he'll eat by mouth.
 

He also drinks a milk mixture I make:

8 oz of Elecare Jr concentrated to 30 cal/oz comes out to 9.5 oz)= apx 280 calories
24 oz of Almond milk= 270 calories
1 packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast= 130 calories
3 tablespoons of heavy cream= 150 calories
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that comes out to about 34-35 oz and is 830 calories.   Joey is lactose intolerant but the small amounts of dairy from the carnation instant breakfast and heavy cream doesn't seem to bother him.  I suspect because its divided up into what he drinks so he is only getting small amount each time. 

Right now he gets about 1366 calories per day.  His GI wants us to increase is calories 100 per month. So at 12 month we started out at 1200 calories per day and now he is almost 14 months old so we are close to 1400.  It does vary depending on which fruit/veggie I use and how much he drinks on his own.  Some days is more than others just like any other toddler!  We also give 20cc's of water after each "meal" just to help keeps his kidney's healthy.  He will drink some water by mouth but never more than a oz over a 24 hr period.  

Calories is what he needs not only to gain and grow but to heal his wounds as well.  Extra protein and iron are also important in those with EB as well. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey Sara. If you like making juice and smoothie recipes you might like BlendedRecipes.com. They've got a bunch of tasty video recipes.

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