Samuel seems to have a dairy/lactose intolerance. Hopefully he'll grow out of it, but in the meantime, we're busy finding ways to feed him so that he still gets enough protein, fat and calcium.
I am not a fan of soy, so I initially bought rice milk for him last fall. Well rice milk (along with almond milk) has virtually no fat and the pediatrician was concerned that he wasn't getting enough fat in his diet. So now I give Samuel coconut milk. Good fat, tons of potassium as well as plenty of Vitamin D and B12.
To get protein and more fat in his diet, I give him Almond Butter. It's like peanut butter but since the 'experts' say not to give kids peanuts until they are 2 or so, we've chosen almond butter instead. It's high in the good fats, and has more fiber and protein than peanut butter - and doesn't have high fructose corn syrup like most non-organic peanut butter (can you tell I've done my research on this?). It tastes great on toast for breakfast or as a sandwich for lunch. And it's great for him.
We make fruit smoothie's all the time with strawberries, blueberries and bananas. We add some milk and have a tasty, healthy treat.
A few weeks ago I decided to make Samuel a banana, almond butter, milk, and protein powder smoothie. I figured it would be like a banana peanut butter shake for adults :)
So I mixed all the goodies in my Magic Bullet and came out with a delicious and very healthy snack for Samuel. It's loaded with fat and protein - both of which his 23lb little body needs. It almost tastes like ice cream if I make it thick enough. If I make it thin, he drinks it through a straw. Thicker and he spoons it in. I will make popsicles out of it this summer for a cool, healthy treat.
Here are some photos of my banana-smoothie-making extravaganza. Samuel always signs "mo, mo, mo" when he finishes.
I love to see this healthy banana goodness all over his face.