Our Issues with Weight

With all the talk about childhood obesity you would never know that there are parents out there who actually need to put weight on their kids and I am one of them.

This past winter my kids stopped gaining weight and started losing weight. They had one stomach virus after another. In fact they lost so much weight that they started wearing clothes that they had previously outgrown. These were some of the worst weeks of my life. Had it not been for the fact that they were developmentally on target in every other area, I would have been lying in a ditch somewhere.

It also didn’t help that two of my three kids were incredibly picky eaters and refused just about everything we gave them. Then three things happened to turn things around for us. One, the winter season passed and so did the stomach viruses. Two, my kids got older and became more interested in food. Three, a nutritionist provided us with a list high calorie foods which for the most part have been a hit with my kids. She suggested the following:

• Egg salad (1/2 mayo/1/2 ranch dressing)
• Grilled cheese (on tortilla)
• Risotto
• Chili
• Smoothies
• Liberte Yogurt (270 calories! 110 calories from fat)
• Pizza
• Oatmeal cooked with banana
• Ground Flaxseed
• Grits
• Julian’s Recipe Waffles (310 calories! 130 from fat
• Hummus
• Banana bread w/ ground nuts and dark choc chips
• Crab cakes

She also said some other ways top add calories to food is to add:

• Oils (Canola, flaxseed, olive, etc)- (1 tbsp- ~120 calories)
• Butter or margarine (1 tbsp- 100 calories)
• Grated cheese
• Condensed milk (1 tbsp- 55 calories)
• Wheat germ (1 tbsp- ~65 calories)
• Heavy cream (1tbsp- 55 calories)
• Cooked egg yolks (~55 calories/egg yolk)
• Ricotta cheese (1tbsp- 25 calories)
• Avocado (1 medium- 275 calories)

According to experts, kids need about 1000 calories a day to grow and she recommends 5-6 small meals a day. She also said skip most toddler snacks. They are low in calories and have almost no nutritional value. Read labels :) !

Notoya Green is a New York City mom of three adorable triplet toddlers – Eva, David and Samuel (identical twins). In her blog she talks about her life as a new mom, life as a triplet mother and everything in between. Keep up with her over at Triplets in Tribeca.

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  1. I can only imagine what a challenging time that must have been for your family. So glad to hear things are heading in the right direction. Thanks for these tips, too. We haven’t had any issues with weight or eating (knock on wood!) but your list gave me a few new ideas if I ever need to use them.
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  2. That is a good post. Great tips! Things to help babies gain weight and things for mommy to stay away from! :). Thanks!
    Mary recently posted…Is this the harder part you told me about?My Profile

  3. This is still a huge issue for us at age 6. We already incorporate a lot of these foods and are still drinking whole milk. I wish my girls would like avocado, but alas, they don’t 🙁 They’re going through a growth spurt and eating tons right now, so they’re more willing to try new foods.
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  4. It must have been a challenging time for your family indeed, but all in all there is a lesson I have learned, about the things to do to help kids gain weight.
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  5. Very well versed! So glad ou were able to get some great information to encourage wight gain the healthy, and natural way for your babies!

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