Toddler plumping

Last week I finally revealed my 20 pound weight loss. Phew!  This week as it so happens, I’m writing about packing on the weight  . . .  for my little daughter, that is.

Two months ago at Lily’s well-check appointment her pediatrician said that she was under weight . . .  and that I needed to plump her up a bit.  Oh boy.  When I heard that my heart started to race and my ears got hot and I started to get very weepy.  I couldn’t help but think that I was doing something wrong.  The doctor assured me that I was doing everything right, rather it was my daughter’s personality (picky eater) and her activity level (would rather be toddling than eating) that made eating very uninteresting to her (and such a challenge for me.) She suggested that I start  supplementing her  diet with a store-bought children’s high calorie shake twice a day.  Of course after that appointment I dashed to the nearest pharmacy to buy loads of the stuff.  Unfortunately, Lily showed little interest in the taste of it.  I sat there exhausted and frustrated and took a look at the calories (habit from my own diet) then I glanced over at the ingredients.

There seemed to be a million ingredients none of which I could pronounce.  Yikes.

I thought there has to be more wholesome way to do this.  Then I remembered . . . Almond butter!  I discovered almond butter back when I started my diet, it’s packed with protein and calories.

I tinkered around in the kitchen and came up with a recipe that Lily loves.  She had her weight check up appointment last week and she gained two pounds in two months.  The doctor was pleased enough to give me a high-five.  She even asked me for the recipe!

The doctor suggested I give her breakfast in the morning before I give her the first shake.  But to be honest with you, my daughter is an unhappy camper until she gets her shake first thing in the morning.  Hmm, sounds like me with my morning coffee.  So she gets the shake first . ..  followed by a late breakfast.   She gets the second shake  during bedtime stories with dad.

Here’s the very simple recipe.

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 table spoons almond butter (I use whole foods 365 organic roasted)

Put ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  (I use a magic bullet.)

My little one doesn’t drink dairy so I use vanilla almond milk and vanilla coconut yogurt.  You can use any type of milk or yogurt of your choice.  The calorie booster in this shake is the almond butter.   This recipe will fill a 10 oz straw cup (like the one pictured above). It’s about 330 calories with the ingredients I use.  I usually make enough for two shakes.

You can add any frozen or fresh fruit you like as well.  However I have found that even with the magic bullet mixer  little chunks get stuck in her sippy straw.  Also optional, avocado or flaxseed oil.  I’ve tried to add these to Lily’s shake but she has turbo taste buds and can sense when the original shake recipe has been tampered with.

I hope this comes in handy for any of you who might have finicky little eaters.  It sure came in hand for us.

Until next week!



14 thoughts on “Toddler plumping

  1. I tried the recipe because I need to plump my 15m old up. It was really bland. I added strawberries and grapeseed extract. That didn’t do much. I ended up putting 2tbps of sugar and it’s barely palatable. She refuses bland foods. Any advice?

    • I used a yogurt that had a vanilla flavor. The almond butter is just the calorie booster. You can add any fruit or flavorings that you or your little one loves to sweeten it up. maple syrup maybe? Good luck to you!

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  4. I am trying this tonight. My toddler needs to put on some lbs too. Like you, I am horrified by the pedisure ingredients. Cross your fingers that he likes it.
    WOW, Almond butter is EXPENSIVE. BUT… with just two tablespoons per shake it will go further than a pedisure six pack.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  5. Why is it she doesn’t drink dairy? If I may ask I have a 4 year old who doesn’t like milk and those high cal kids drinks are full of sugar. My concern with my daughter is that she is short and has only gained a pound in a year and a half. The doc said she is right were she is suppose to be but to me that year in a half is the time that I stopped nursing her. So if I don’t find something I don’t think she is going to gain much on hr own. I am going to try this can I find the almond butter at any grocery store?

    • My daughter had a very sensitive tummy from the beginning so I try to avoid feeding her things that might be hard on her tummy. She does eat cheese here and there. I hope the shake helps. I get the almond butter (like peanut butter) at Whole Foods. They also have it at Trader Joe’s. But I’m pretty sure you can find it at most grocery stores next to the peanut butter. Thanks so much for reading!

  6. Jennifer – Stumbled across your blog from a Pinterest pin! Girl, so much of what you write about resonates with me. I was 142 at my largest after my daughter was born (almost 2 years ago) and have yet to reach the 20lbs lost mark (i’m at 12.5), but you’ve inspired me to keep trying. I hate running, but I walk (not enough, though). My daughter went through the same thing with the underweight bit – was on pediasure for a long while…The doctor isn’t as concerned anymore, but she could still stand to gain some weight. I was alarmed today when the shorts that were slightly too big for her 6 months ago are STILL falling off of her…I’m going to give this recipe a try – I think she’s going to enjoy it. Anyway, really enjoying your blog – you’re a great writer 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I hope the shake really works for your daughter. I also add butter to her food any time that I can. Lots of carbs too. Thankfully she loves french fries. Getting her to finish a meal is about a half hour time commitment. She lasts about 7 minutes in her high chair then we go to phase two of finishing her food….mommy servant. I basically follow her around her little play area while she tinkers around and watches her cartoons. I’m not as paranoid about her weight now . . . so I should probably start having “talks” with her about sitting in her chair and eating. Good luck to you!

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