I never thought I would actually be searching for recipes with extra fats, good or bad, but my skinny little girl has had a tough time bulking up. It took forever to get her to reach 30 lbs, only to drop almost 2 of them from severe constipation (sorry TMI). It was pretty intense, involving an xray and blood tests, now leaving us to figure out how to keep her diet balanced and prevent this from happening again. That is, once she is healed, which could potentially take some time. As the Mama, what can I do besides give her the medicine? I need to be proactive, I need to find some way to keep this pain and discomfort, not to mention embarrassment from incontinence, from happening again. I also want to make sure that weight gets back on her bones.
I’ve always loved the following recipes for protein smoothies, and they are now becoming my go-to solution when needing to nourish and fill. They are also really great pregnancy foods, to which I can attest.
Berry Smoothie with Almond Meal
1 cup milk
1 cup strawberries, hulled, roughly chopped
½ cup frozen berry mix
½ cup low fat yogurt
¼ cup oatmeal
2 tbs almond meal
2 tbs honey
Soak the oatmeal and almond meal in the milk for 10 minutes to soften. Add remaining ingredients and blend. Enjoy!
Almond Milk Smoothie with Orange Flower Water
1/2 cup almonds, blanched and peeled
1 1/2 cups cold milk
3 to 4 tablespoons sugar
splash of orange flower water
4 or 5 ice cubes, optional
Place the blanched almonds in a blender, and process until the almonds are a fine powder. Add the milk, sugar and orange flower water, and blend on high speed to mix well. If desired, add ice cubes while the blender is running to chill the drink even more.
Avocado Banana Smoothie
1 ripe avocado
1 cup milk
1 tbsp sugar (adjust to taste)
Mix all ingredients until smooth.
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