I recently took Tanner to a specialist for Down syndrome. One of the things they were most impressed about was the fact that neither of my children with Down syndrome suffers the classic bowel problems that most of their peers do. Especially since neither of them are celiac. Also, I’ve been able to get weight on my kids without the help of those popular nutritional supplement drinks.
Now, I am not against those drinks. They are useful for many people. However, those mainstream drinks are full of ingredients that are less than stellar. I work hard to keep A&T healthy. They rarely get sick, they are very regular, and they are gaining weight. The key to their healthy digestive system? A very healthy diet. They can have the occasional treats, but I keep it very streamlined. No junk. I follow the 90/10 rule for them. Ninety-percent of the time they eat completely healthy, meaning no boxed or packaged foods, no fast food, and no processed sugars.
A lot of people think this is mean, but there are occasional treats, and they now see fruit as a treat. They accept healthy eating, which will help them throughout life. Also, they do not have to suffer the same horrible bowel problems as many of their peers.
How do I know it’s the diet that helps?
Easy, I have tried a few times over the last five years to ease up on their diet. It is a lot of work after all. However, horrid screaming constipation always comes back. Every.single.time. Also, the eczema comes back with a vengeance. They aren’t 100% eczema free, but their fingers and feet aren’t peeling and horrid right now, just a touch of dry patches here and there.
So, what do you do when your kid can’t eat processed food thus not able to drink the weight gainer drinks on the market, yet is teeny tiny?
Develop a new kind of weight gainer.
Weight Gainer Oats
1 cup of cooked old fashioned (or steel cut) oats (300 calories)
1/2 banana (55 calories)
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds (185 calories)
1Tbs. of butter (grassfed)/olive oil/coconut oil (whatever your child’s preference) (102 calories)
1 Tbs. maple syrup (50 calories)
1 Tbs of ground flaxseed (30 calories)
Combine everything in the blender for a delicious pudding like consistency.
Roughly 700+ calories
Now, my kids can eat this for breakfast, but you could split it into breakfast and then snack in the day. It is a great source of fiber, heart healthy deliciousness, and calories. My kids eat this a couple of times a week. In fact all of my kids love oatmeal for breakfast, we go through a couple hundred pounds of oats a year.