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Can you suggest some high-calorie foods for toddlers?

by (2000) Updated March 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM Created March 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM

My almost 5 year old is very, very skinny. Last I checked she was only 32lbs. She was in the 50th percentile until about 6 months old, then continued to drop. At one point the ped suggested supplementing with formula, adding lots of fattening foods (milkshakes, cookies, etc). My kids aren't paleo, but I try to feed them a whole foods diet. They usually eat what we eat for dinner and they have whole milk.

She is a typical 4 year old in that she is reluctant to try new things. She is getting much better about it, but it can still be a struggle. I would like her to put on some weight without feeding her crap.

Any ideas on high fat, high calorie foods that a little kid would like?

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1972 · March 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The kids I nanny love dairy like cheese and yogurt. High calorie fruits like pineapple and bananas are also great. Kids also tend to like peanut butter a lot (not the healthiest food ever, but not horrible).

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3029 · March 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Grassfed (preferably raw) ice cream. Great nutritional profile (raw cream, eggs, honey cane sugar or maple syrup and some dark chocolate or vanilla as well as strawberries). Yum!

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30 · March 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Avocado is GREAT for babies, and they love it. My niece can't get enough. Sweet potato is also a great way to add calories and nutrients at the same time, and it provides a lot of energy!

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1513 · March 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

will she eat soups? make really fatty delicious broths with marrow bones and lots of connective tissues and use that as a base for soups. buy fattier cuts of meat and make roasts, serve with mash potatoes with extra sour cream or egg yolks snuck in at the very end. use the roasts to make little roll ups with cheese. sneak egg yolks/sour cream in as a dressing for veggies. I would use nuts with caution, even almonds and coconuts! Use them sparingly and check for reactions such as sore lungs and throat. bacon for breakfast, lunch and dinner :) use fatty ground beef with ground livers hearts and kidneys as base for creamy stroganoff type dishes.

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3365 · March 27, 2013 at 3:29 PM

If she's not sensitive to the milk at all, maybe just start piling it on. There may be really good reasons to not do this, I'm not exactly sure. I definitely wouldn't do it with industrially-farmed dairy.

Hummus is something my niece really likes that is pretty calorie-dense.

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