I am very amazed at how well this Blenderized Diet is going for us. Braxton is tolerating the new diet SO WELL! All of our issues with his vomiting have truly stopped. I’ve accidentally fed him a little quickly and made him throw up, but I’m pretty sure that was a too much, too fast kind of thing and not an intolerance issue. And call me crazy, but I really do think his hair is growing and getting thicker and shinier. I read that that could happen, but I did NOT expect to see it so quickly! It’s been about two weeks and there is already some positive differences. I’m so excited for Braxton! It’s still a lot of work, but it’s getting easier and taking less and less time to get everything ready for Braxton’s feeds. Seeing the amazing differences it’s made is all the motivation I need to continue forward with this. I’m all for whatever makes my kid happy. 🙂
Since speaking with our dietitian I have tried a few other recipes for Braxton’s blenderized diet. I’m still trying to find one that works for us – mainly making sure we have enough calories and all the necessary nutrients in a blend to maintain a healthy weight gain for Braxton, but we’re close! All of the blends are pretty similar and I’ve just changed out the kinds of fruits and veggies we use. I still want Braxton to be able to try a variety of foods.
We’re also still working on oral feeding, since that IS the ultimate goal here. Braxton is much more tolerant of feeding attempts now. I’ve been able to get him to eat anywhere from half an ounce to a full ounce at one feeding, and he’s even taking some milk from a sippy cup!! Yayyy Braxton! Progress is definitely being made.
The dietitian sent me a few different recipes to try since she felt the initial one we were using had a little too much cereal for Braxton, so I tried out a couple that sent.
For our first few trials and recipes, see this post.
- 12 oz Organic Whole Milk
- 7.5 oz Happy Naturals Chicken w/ Gravy Baby Food
- 8 oz Happy Naturals Carrots & Peas Baby Food
- 4 oz Happy Naturals Peach, Rice & Banana Baby Food
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1/4 tsp Salt
This recipe made about 36 ounces, which is enough food for one day. We tried this recipe for a few days changing out meats, fruits and veggies but it was very thin and I think the added Sugar aggravated Braxton’s symptoms of Dumping Syndrome, because we did have some gagging and retching with this recipe. And he vomited once, so I added corn starch to the feeds and he did ok after that, but some gagging still.
Nutritional Facts for Trials 4-6 which used this recipe
For the last trial I doubled the recipe to try to cut down on the amount of work for myself. Also, my mom was reading our first posts on starting the blenderized diet and about needing a high speed blender (we weren’t ready to invest in one yet since we were just starting out), but she and my dad decided to go out and try to find one for my birthday/Christmas present [joys of having a birthday near Christmas]. She went to Sears, but when she asked for the Vitamix or Blendtec, they told her they didn’t carry it, but offered the Ninja Kitchen System, which they said was comparable. It has a similar design to the Blendtec Blender with the four sided blending container. It came with a 72 ounce container so I decided to test it out and make a big batch. I still used already pureed baby foods, so maybe not a real test, but volume wise it worked great!!
Since Braxton was gagging even with the Corn Starch, I decided to try a different recipe suggested by the dietitian. She gave us a spreadsheet with one recipe based on different daily calorie needs. I started out with the 1,000 daily calorie recipe.
- 1/4 Cup Gerber Mixed Grain Infant Cereal
- 5 oz – Happy Naturals Beef w/ Gravy Baby Food
- 4 0z Happy Naturals Carrots Baby Food
- 4 oz Happy Naturals Applesauce
- 1/2 cup Simply Orange Orange juice
- 2 cups Organic Whole Milk
- 1/4 Cream Half & Half
- 1 Egg Cooked Scrambled – VERY important that the egg is cooked well!
- 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tbsp Karo Syrup
This recipe includes the infant cereal like our very first recipe, but it’s significantly less so hopefully easier on the tummy. With Dumping Syndrome, Braxton does better when his foods have more complex carbs/sugars that take longer for his tummy to digest, so I decided to try this recipe. This recipe made about one days worth of food and the calorie per ounce was less than previous recipes, but it still ensured 1,000 daily calories.
For the next one, I made a double recipe because we had a couple busy days ahead and I didn’t want to be up too late mixing food. Basically the same recipe, but here’s what those nutrition facts look like.
And finally, yesterday’s mix I decided to try out the 1,200 calorie mix. Braxton had his 18-month checkup and he weighed 25 pounds 15 ounces, which is slightly less than he was when we started this diet, so I need to increase his calorie intake to make sure he’s gaining weight. Here’s what the 1,200 Calorie recipe looks like
- 1/4 cup Gerber Mixed Grain Infant Cereal
- 2.5 ounces Happy Naturals Turkey w/Gravy Baby Food
- 2.5 ounces Happy Naturals Chicken w/ Gravy Baby Food
- 6 ounces Gerber Turkey w/ Rice & Veggies Dinner Baby Food
- 4 ounces Happy Naturals Prunes w/ Apples Baby Food
- 1/2 cup Simply Orange Orange juice
- 2 cups Organic Whole Milk
- 1/3 cup Cream Half & Half
- 1 Egg Cooked; scrambled
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 2 Tbsp Karo Syrup
This recipe made about 42 ounces and is a little closer to the calorie per ounce goal we are aiming for. Braxton really needs to have a blend that is about 30 calories per ounce since that is what the Pediasure was. I’m thinking we my need to add in a feed daily, or find some more calorically dense foods to blend in. The increased calories here only really increased the volume and not necessarily the calories per ounce.
When I started with this recipe, I blended the egg with a little milk separately in our Baby Bullet Blender just because I wasn’t sure if the Ninja System blender would blend it up smooth enough and I didn’t want chunks of egg floating around. WELLLLL, my grandma came in to show us how to make tamales and when it came time to shred the pork and chicken, I decided we could use the Ninja System blender and holy cow! It was amazing!! It blended a little TOO WELL for tamales. I’ll definitely be buying whole pieces of chicken and putting this blender to good use blending up chicken and portioning it out in our stash of baby food jars we are starting. Pureed baby food meat is close to a dollar a jar and although it’s not much, it adds up quick!! Some of these recipes call for 2-3 jars! That’s almost $20 bucks a week! I’ll try out some homemade meat blends and get back to you. Until then….happy blending!