One of the most rewarding parts of being a tubie parent is being able to help others along on the journey. Raiden’s mom and I connected through a group online and now I get to watch him thrive on…You guessed it. Real food. Just look at that smile! I don’t know about you but I think he’s saying, “Thanks, Mom!”
Getting started can be scary and overwhelming. Just remind yourself that, barring any dietary restrictions, tubies are real people who need real food. Think to yourself, if my son, daughter or family member could take in 100% of what their body needs to thrive orally, what would they eat? If the person was able to eat before the tube was placed, what did they like to eat? That is always a good place to start. If your tubie is a baby just starting out, introduce 1 food at a time just as you would any baby, paying special attention to possible allergic reactions. There is also a hidden benefit to the tube. Tubies often get a more balanced diet because you don’t have to battle their taste buds.
Now, the title of this post is Raiden’s Breakfast Blend so let’s get to it.
1/2 cup of old fashion or quick oats
1 cup of Fairlife whole milk
1 cooked scrambled egg
Combine oats and milk and cook according to the directions on the package. Cook the scrambled egg and set aside. Cut apple into quarters and remove the seeds. DO NOT PEEL.
Place apple oatmeal and egg into the Vitamix container (in that order) and secure lid.
Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, the to High.
Blend for 1 minute or until completely smooth.
This blend is about 300 calories. If the blend is too thick, water can be added to reach the desired consistency. Thinner blends can have lots of bubbles so it’s best to let it sit a while before giving it as a bolus feeding.
This is the recipe that started it all. After I blend this in the Vitamix, my family comes into the kitchen looking for the apple pie because that’s exactly what it smells like. Even if you or your child has never liked oatmeal, give this recipe a try. You will be amazed at how good it tastes. The apples and raisins add natural sweetener. If you like your cereals a bit sweeter you can always add your favorite sweetener to the bowl but try it first. Enjoy!
4 cups of steel cut oats (cooked)
1 cup fresh coconut milk
2 cups of water
1 large apple (cut in quarters & seeds removed. DO NOT PEEL!) or 1 banana
1/3 cup raisins
2 tbs chia seeds (hydrated in 2/3 cup of water)
2 tsp cinnamon (substitute 1 tsp of vanilla if using banana)
Bring 1 cup of dry steel cut oats, water and coconut milk to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand for 15-20 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed.
Place the chia seeds, apple, raisins and 1 cup of the cooked cereal into the large Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and quickly increase speed toVariable10, then to High. Blend until completely smooth.
Turn off machine and remove lid.
Add remaining cereal and replace lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached.
Pour into ice cube tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze.
Food Tip: This recipe can be reduced by 1/2 and made in smaller containers. This oatmeal is best suited for older babies and individuals on a pureed diet that can handle a bit of texture. For younger babies and individuals with gag reflex problems it is best to start with basic oatmeal made from oat flour (see recipe in whole grains). When making this recipe for younger babies, add 1 ingredient at a time with at least 4 days in between additions to test for allergic reactions. This recipe tastes so good the whole family will love it!
Money Tip: Watch your prices. I use Steel cut oats instead of whole oat groats, old fashioned oats or quick oats. Oat groats and Steel cut oats have a more robust flavor and more fiber because of the oat bran. Other than that, they are pretty much the same nutritionally. Steel cut oats run about 65 cents a pound if you buy them in bulk. Since you are grinding or blending, why not save some money.
Time Tip: Each cube is approximately 1 once. Storing you cubes in labeled freezer bags will save lots of time and your servings will always be fresh. To serve, simply put the desired portion in a microwavable bowl the night before and heat for 15-30 seconds on high. If the cubes have not been defrosted, it will take 30-60 seconds to heat. 4 frozen cubes takes approximately 45 seconds.