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Can you suggest some high-calorie foods for toddlers?

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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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1523 · March 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Aww what a cutie, sounds like a nourishing little meal. I forgot to mention that ground offal is excellent mixed with ground meat to make delicious meat balls. Ground chicken and turkey are great for this too and you can add some cheese and eggs as a binder, much like making a meat loaf, or you can just make a meatloaf :)

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I made my first pot roast the other day (I hadn't had red meat in 7 years). She asked for leftover "stew" the next day which was basically beef and broth and I put some sauerkraut on the side (that she ended up mixing in). I was a really proud mama..it just seemed so wholesome. So, yes she will sometimes eat soups. Great ideas, thank you!

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I have tried hummus and it's been hit or miss. I can keep trying it though. I don't think she is sensitive to dairy. At least I haven't noticed any problems.

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

She's like a hummingbird, I swear. She is always moving.

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1974 · March 27, 2013 at 4:21 PM

How active is she? Maybe increased activity will increase her appetite?

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I wondered what the hell you were talking about! Thought it was some sort of sweet potato creme brulee. I think she would like that, thanks. If I could really puree it and play it off as some sort of pudding, that would be perfect.

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3442 · March 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Nutmeg, not 'burned'

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3442 · March 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Mix bananas in the avocado & sweet potato. Semi-frozen smashed sweet potatoes seasoned with cinnamon, burned & maple syrup (or banana) is delicious. Also you could roast sweet potatoes in pumpkin pie type spices with salt, pepper, garlic, coconut oil. I guarantee she'll like that.

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Wonderful! Thank you!

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Well, I'm upvoting;) Yes, there is sugar, but it's also high calorie and if I'm going to give her a treat this is a good suggestion. I obviously won't feed her ice cream for dinner. It also made me think of doing berries with heavy cream. I have a great source for good cream (if you would have told me two years ago that I would care about a good cream source I would have died).

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3442 · March 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Flavor contributes to quality of life. The ice cream Chelsea is suggesting really does have a great nutritional profile. Yes, it also has some sugars. In the context of a balanced diet that does not make ice cream unhealthy.

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

She loved avocado and sweet potatoes when she was a baby, but she won't eat them now. I tried to call cubed, roasted sweet potatoes, "marshmallow potatoes" the other day...she didn't buy it;) She does love mashed potatoes though.

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

She loves all of these things and eats them, just not enough. She has an appetite of a bird. She might like olives and macadamia nuts, but hates eggs for some reason. I could do coconut milk smoothies too. thanks!!

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3442 · March 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Basically what I was thinking to say. Except I'd go with almonds or cashews over peanuts if you can afford it. Better nutritional profile and less chance of GI (or systemic) sensitivity. Eggs haven't been mentioned yet, neither have olives or coconut products.

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10994 · March 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Downvoted not because this isn't a high calorie food but because you said ice cream has a great nutritional profile and I don't think you were being sarcastic..

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1974 · 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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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

She's like a hummingbird, I swear. She is always moving.

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1974 · March 27, 2013 at 4:21 PM

How active is she? Maybe increased activity will increase her appetite?

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

She loves all of these things and eats them, just not enough. She has an appetite of a bird. She might like olives and macadamia nuts, but hates eggs for some reason. I could do coconut milk smoothies too. thanks!!

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3442 · March 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Basically what I was thinking to say. Except I'd go with almonds or cashews over peanuts if you can afford it. Better nutritional profile and less chance of GI (or systemic) sensitivity. Eggs haven't been mentioned yet, neither have olives or coconut products.

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3043 · 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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3442 · March 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Flavor contributes to quality of life. The ice cream Chelsea is suggesting really does have a great nutritional profile. Yes, it also has some sugars. In the context of a balanced diet that does not make ice cream unhealthy.

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Well, I'm upvoting;) Yes, there is sugar, but it's also high calorie and if I'm going to give her a treat this is a good suggestion. I obviously won't feed her ice cream for dinner. It also made me think of doing berries with heavy cream. I have a great source for good cream (if you would have told me two years ago that I would care about a good cream source I would have died).

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10994 · March 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Downvoted not because this isn't a high calorie food but because you said ice cream has a great nutritional profile and I don't think you were being sarcastic..

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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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3442 · March 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Nutmeg, not 'burned'

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I wondered what the hell you were talking about! Thought it was some sort of sweet potato creme brulee. I think she would like that, thanks. If I could really puree it and play it off as some sort of pudding, that would be perfect.

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

She loved avocado and sweet potatoes when she was a baby, but she won't eat them now. I tried to call cubed, roasted sweet potatoes, "marshmallow potatoes" the other day...she didn't buy it;) She does love mashed potatoes though.

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3442 · March 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Mix bananas in the avocado & sweet potato. Semi-frozen smashed sweet potatoes seasoned with cinnamon, burned & maple syrup (or banana) is delicious. Also you could roast sweet potatoes in pumpkin pie type spices with salt, pepper, garlic, coconut oil. I guarantee she'll like that.

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1523 · 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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1523 · March 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Aww what a cutie, sounds like a nourishing little meal. I forgot to mention that ground offal is excellent mixed with ground meat to make delicious meat balls. Ground chicken and turkey are great for this too and you can add some cheese and eggs as a binder, much like making a meat loaf, or you can just make a meatloaf :)

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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I made my first pot roast the other day (I hadn't had red meat in 7 years). She asked for leftover "stew" the next day which was basically beef and broth and I put some sauerkraut on the side (that she ended up mixing in). I was a really proud mama..it just seemed so wholesome. So, yes she will sometimes eat soups. Great ideas, thank you!

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3442 · 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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2022 · March 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I have tried hummus and it's been hit or miss. I can keep trying it though. I don't think she is sensitive to dairy. At least I haven't noticed any problems.

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