For some kids with disabilities, it can be hard to keep weight on because of trouble with swallowing, lack of appetite, or avoidance of certain food tastes or textures.

It is important to work with your doctor or dietitian to make sure that your child is getting the calories and the nutrients that they need for proper growth and development. 

If your child needs more calories, your healthcare provider may suggest adding more high-protein and high-fat foods and beverages.

Smoothies can be a great way to add more calories and protein to your child’s diet.

They can be served as part of a meal – with buttered toast for breakfast, for example – or as a mid-day or evening snack. 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

½ cup whole milk
½ cup plain whole milk yogurt
½ cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in blender and serve.

 

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