If this were an adult blog, typically we would be talking about how to lose weight. Sometimes with children though, they need to gain weight. One of the most common medical treatments is to supplement their diet with milk shakes or formula that has an oil supplementation.
A healthier way to gain weight is to stop the focus on calories and focus on healthy fats. Meals that have a healthy dosage of fats can lead to slow and steady weight gain. When selecting the fats to add in your child’s foods, make sure and select monounsaturated fats not the saturated kind. Here are some suggestions:
1. Avocados – can be in guacamole and added to fruit smoothies.
2. Nuts - raw or roasted walnuts, macadamia nuts, cashew and pecan’s. – almonds can be a little hard to chew.
3. Seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, chia and hemp which can also be in butter form.
4. Olives – can be as an olive oil or whole olives. You may need to rinse them to reduce the sodium content that is used in curing olives.
5. Coconut oil – used in smoothies or oatmeal.
For infants, breast milk or formula can have coconut oil added to it. Also helpful, some herbs to help stimulate their appetite. We have suggestions for herbs that be used - just ask!
This was not a problem for our family or Zara but it has been in so many cases that I wanted to write about these home food based remedies for other mom’s.