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Balance 360 Alternatives to PediaSure

High Calorie Recipes for Kids

For our picky eaters, making changes to their limited, preferred menu can be daunting. PediaSure and other store-bought supplements are routine solutions that parents and physicians rely on to ensure that children are consuming adequate calories each day. These sweet drinks are enjoyed by even the pickiest of eaters.

The downside to these drinks is their long ingredient list begins with sugar and also includes corn and soy: two ingredients that may cause inflammation. They usually include artificial dyes and other chemical additives.

In addition, these sweet drinks can quickly become a crutch; children need to learn to consume a variety of textures and flavors. If they’re filled up with Pediasure, or always have access to it, there may be little incentive for them try new things. These drinks are not a good long term solution for the clean eating goals of Balance 360.

Here are several high-calorie recipes to help support your child’s growth and calorie intake as they transition away from processed foods, including Pediasure.

The goal is to keep moving towards our nutritional goals in a gentle, steady pace. We do not wish to compromise your child’s weight or growth status by implementing Balance 360 too quickly.

Please contact Holly Larson, our Registered Dietitian, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s weight: hlarson@brainbalancecenters.com.

To monitor your child’s growth, please measure and record your child’s weight once a week and height once per month.

Calories

Protein

Fat

Carbohydrates

Sugar

Pediasure - 8 oz

240

7g

9g

33g

18g

Peanut Butter - 2 Tablespoons

190

8g

16g

6g

1-3g

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

420

9g

31g

38g

20g

Nut Butter Smoothie

350

11g

19g

40g

20g

Creamy Strawberry Popsicle

170

0g

12g

34g

11g


Balance 360 Approved, High Calorie Recipes

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Makes 1 serving

  • ½ avocado, mashed
  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon sunbutter (or other nut butter)
  • pinch of salt

Blend until smooth: enjoy right away or chill in fridge for later.


Nut Butter Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

  • 2 Tablespoons peanut, almond or sunflower seed butter
  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk, such as almond or coconut
  • 1 small banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Optional: ice, cinnamon, vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients until smooth.


Creamy Strawberry Popsicle

Makes 6 popsicles

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 20-oz package frozen strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Divide between six popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

Tip: for creamer popsicles, place canned coconut milk in fridge the day before making. Open, discard watery portion and only use cream.


Disclaimer: The information presented on this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment of specific medical conditions. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you and your family.

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