Do you know that a lot of yogurts only have 4% fat?
Gippsland Dairy is better, they have 6.5% fat. Ski Divine has 7.8% according to their website. Danone is even better – less sugar than Gippsland and Ski and 8% fat. But Farmer’s Union Greek Yogurt has a total amount of 9.7% fat and no sugar at all.
Unfortunately the lack of sugar makes it almost unpalateable for Evelyn, unless I add things to it, which negates the fat percentages. If half the yogurt eaten is actually applesauce (made from pure apples, high in vitamin C, containing carbs and energy, but not enough nutrition to live on), then it’s less beneficial than 4TB of plain Danone yogurt.
This is not a sponsored post. This is just where my head is at lately, while keeping a food diary for Evelyn and trying to add Pediasure to all the things. This morning I made whole egg custard because Evelyn both enjoys the taste and can swallow it. I added Pediasure to the end product and voila, there was three tablespoons of highly nutritious food for morning tea.
I cheered because she managed 5 tablespoons (FIVE, count them, FIVE) of thin porridge with yogurt and pediasure this morning for breakfast.
Why yes, I am going a little insane, obsessing over everything Eve puts in her mouth. But that’s my job. I’m her mother and a toddler cannot live on breastmilk alone as our (new, lovely) dietician pointed out to me the other day. So I’m keeping a food diary, writing everything down and trying to replace day feeds with pediasure bottles.
You wish you were me right now, don’t you.
Mothers of toddlers everywhere are attempting to get their special snowflakes to eat sandwiches at lunchtime. I’m feeding my child ice-cream and custard. It’s a big perspective shift for me, who originally felt that toddlers should survive on everything that isn’t sweet, unless it’s fruit and then, go for your life.
Welcome to Reality, Veronica. Here, have a cookbook, a list of fat percentages, and a can of nutritional supplement. YOU’RE GOING TO NEED THEM.
We’re lucky. Evelyn enjoys food still. She likes to taste everything, even if she cannot swallow a lot of it. This is a good thing, I’m told. She’s just as likely to eat a piece of steamed cauliflower, as a spoonful of ice-cream (even if the cauliflower doesn’t have nearly enough fat), and she adores cheese cubes (better) and rice crackers (eh, practically empty nutrition).
So here we are.
Bottles of partially tasted supplement litter my kitchen sink and I’ve taken to wondering if syringe feeding pediasure would be easier than giving bottles. I make them up in 50ml lots now and throw out 45 ml when after two hours Evelyn has had three sips. Maybe it’s the bottle, maybe it’s the taste, maybe it’s that Evelyn doesn’t seem to get hungry.
Until something changes, I’m making custards, ice-cream and bottles in equal measure.