Many children with special needs may be in the group who tend to be thin, and have a greater inability to gain weight.  This can leave parents with worries and frustrations when they’re doing all that they can to increase weight or even maintain current weights with their children.  First, remember you’re doing all you can and that you are not failing.  Some children even those who have involuntary muscle movement disorders naturally burn more calories on the average.  It is not a reflection of your excellent and diligent care.

: Doctors and therapists often recommend prescription calorie boosts such as Duocal and Benecalorie that will often help supplement a child’s daily calorie intake. However, many parents are often seeking additional natural food additives that they can add to their child’s daily diet that they can find readily available at their local grocery store.

Children with special needs have a variety of ways that they consume their caloric intake. Some children are able to eat orally with very little problems. Others are able to eat orally but are sensitive to textures and consistency and unable to chew. And some are unable to handle oral foods and are fed by way of a jejunostomy tube (also commonly referred to as a jtube) or gastrostomy tube (also commonly referred to as a gtube). Some parents that have children with gtubes are also in need of calorie boosts as they explore the ever growing and popular blendarized diets and finding foods to assist with oral therapy and stimulation.

Here are some great food additives and three high calorie count recipes that are special needs friendly. Any of these additives can be combined without influencing the flavor and texture of most foods. Remember to always consult with your child’s physician for any potential food allergies or recommendations.

Most importantly remember to park the weight guilt at the door. There is no better person working harder than you to help their child in all possible ways!

Special Needs Crock Pot Mac & Cheese

8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
½ stick melted pasture butter

1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
Two 16-ounce packages of shredded cheddar cheese

Panko or bread crumbs (optional)
Cooking Spray

In a large slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray, combine the macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs and all but 1/2 cup of the grated cheese. Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle. Cover and cook on lowest setting for 3 hours. Before serving top with toasted bread crumbs or panko.

Special Needs Strawberry Pancakes

1 cup flour

2 aluminum-free baking powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 large egg

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup strawberry flavored Pediasure
2 tablespoons avocado oil

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup diced fresh strawberries

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Then combine the Pediasure, oil, egg and vanilla, and mix until well blended. Fold in the strawberries. Cook pancake batter in a large skillet or griddle over medium heat coated with pasture butter. Pour batter into desired size of pancakes. Flip with a spatula when bubbles appear in the center.

Special Needs Pudding

2 cups whole milk

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 small avocado (mashed)

1 small package of instant pudding mix

1 envelope Instant Carnation Breakfast

In a mixing bowl add the pudding mix, oil, whole milk, and mashed avocado and Instant Carnation packet, beat on low speed for 2 minutes.  Pour into ½ cup into 4 individual containers.  Place plastic wrap over the top and close to the pudding to prevent a skin from developing and refrigerate for an hour and serve.



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