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    Hi all, I'm trying to work out a cold oatmeal substitute for my toddler. I've been letting her have it thus far since it's gluten-free and it's a good carrier for her various vitamins and fish oil. But, I'd like to make her life a little less grainy!

    I'm hoping for something sweetish and cold-prepped -- the sweetness seems to cover the vitamin taste up, and the omega-3 vitamins wouldn't survive heating.

    She likes applesauce but straight-up applesauce strikes me as awfully carberrific. I try giving her eggs afterward to try and balance it out, but she doesn't seem to like eggs in the morning.

    She also likes commercial fruity yogurt -- I haven't been able to get her onto better Greek-style yogurt yet, but we will eventually.

    Ideally this will be something I can mix up with her vitamins the night before (as I do now) and then just hand it over in the morning!

    So I'm thinking... I dunno... almond meal mixed with some applesauce and milk? (I'm OK with her having milk at this age, she's not even 1.5 yet) Or mixed with the yogurt she likes just for taste?

    I'll experiment of course based on the suggestions I found so far in forum search, but I wanted to ask if you had any more ideas! Thanks.
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  • #2
    Try Rivvin's almond meal pudding. I'll dig up the link when I can, but that should work.
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    • #3
      Ah, found it over here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...d-Meal-Pudding

      We're not supposed to give honey to toddlers -- I may need to sweeten it some other way. Although if I toss in some applesauce after the cooking, that might do the trick. (Hmm, guess I'll post over there too...)

      Thanks naiadknight! And Rivvin!
      Last edited by Jenny; 09-22-2010, 06:59 AM.
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      • #4
        If you need to sweeten it, add cocoa powder, cinnamon, stevia, molasses, applesauce, fruit juice... etc

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        • #5
          my son will be 2 in dec and he eats honey! how old is your tot?
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          • #6
            Great ideas for sweetening -- though I belatedly realized her oatmeal isn't really sweetened, so no need to sweeten this. I'm trying the approach of adding a scoop of almond meal and gradually increasing the amount till the oatmeal is gone, now.

            She'll be 2 in April. I'm probably being paranoid with the honey avoidance before age 2 thing, but hey, seems she doesn't need it anyway.
            "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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            • #7
              I've only ever heard 1 year old as the limit for honey. And even then, I've always wondered how much botulism there could really be in commercial bear-shaped honey! Makes sense it might be in the raw stuff, but 99.9999% of the population will be eating the "cooked and processed till it's not really honey" kind.
              Liz.

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              • #8
                Oh my goodness! In Googling for the age where honey is OK, I found this remarkable comment: ""i have been givin my son corn syrup since he was a month and a half old. just a little on his soother when he cries."

                Wow...I wonder how common this is?
                Liz.

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                • #9
                  OK, my last post on this, I promise:

                  "According to Health Canada, only 7 cases of infant botulism have been seen in Canada since 1979. In three of the seven cases the child had been given honey."

                  That's one heck of a rare condition. 4 cases of honey-borne infant botulism in 20 years in Canada.

                  (It's not that I'm from the honey-marketing board or anything, I was just curious because I remember being told not to give babies honey, but I didn't know how rare the problems are. Babies certainly don't need honey or any other sweetener either. They may be just fine with almond meal pudding with no sweetener at all...it's only when we're older we EXPECT such things to be sweetened.
                  Liz.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lizch View Post
                    OK, my last post on this, I promise:

                    "According to Health Canada, only 7 cases of infant botulism have been seen in Canada since 1979. In three of the seven cases the child had been given honey."

                    That's one heck of a rare condition. 4 cases of honey-borne infant botulism in 20 years in Canada.
                    Agreed. However, it's more than often enough for a law suit in this society. That's what has to change. People expect zero risk, and they always want to blame some one for risks that are just inherent in life.

                    It's why we prescribe drugs on the slimmest of benefit margins. Because we have lost perspective, and reducing our chance of something from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 8,000 seems like a great deal. And we expect our insurance company to cover it.

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                    • #11
                      It is raw (unprocessed) honey only that carries botulism... the bear honey(commercial) is 99 % corn syrup! no worrys there...
                      If I could do the kids eating habits over, they would have never tasted sugar or honey, my brother in law is a beekeeper sells only unprocessed
                      ,kids eat it on everything by habit

                      hint*** if you can pour honey out of jar, it has been warmed and processed and thinned at one point, true unprocessed can not be poured comes out in one big hunk.
                      Last edited by Eatmydust; 09-25-2010, 12:01 PM.

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                      • #12
                        various vitamins and fish oil. But, I'd like to make her life a little less grainy!


                        what about in a yogart smoothy, adding berry, banana, vanilla ,cinn.( could even freeze in dixie cups w/ stick and make them in to pops
                        or cream cheese ,cinn. spread on a banana

                        avocodo choc pudding afternoon snack so she does ot learn it is ok to have a pudding for breakfast treat

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                        • #13
                          Jenny,
                          Oatmeal is NOT good. Please see this, from my FAV Doctor:

                          * Oatmeal-Rocketing blood sugar, pancreas damage, equal to a bowl of jelly beans
                          http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...od-or-bad.html

                          Best to all,
                          Grizz

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                          • #14
                            Um yes, I understand that, Grizz. That's why I'm trying to get her transitioned onto something else. That's the point of this exercise.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jenny View Post

                              She likes applesauce but straight-up applesauce strikes me as awfully carberrific. I try giving her eggs afterward to try and balance it out, but she doesn't seem to like eggs in the morning.
                              I understand the need to replace the oatmeal, but are you really worried about the carbs in applesauce? I wouldn't think you would count fruit/veggie carbs for little kids... (but I don't have any, so I am curious)
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