W. has always been on the "thin" side.
Over the past few months the "thin" has transformed to "very thin."
See, he has gotten taller, but hasn't gained weight.
He is a pint sized version of a gangly teenager.
But much cuter and sweeter, by the way.
Last check up the Dr. told us W. had to gain weight.
(Along with the eye checkup, it wasn't a good well visit.)
Many who I asked about weight gain ideas thought it sounded crazy.
Or suggested that we go to McDonalds like "normal" people.
That just doesn't fly with me.
One person suggested a natural muscle builder that was made from whey protein...
a bit better, but after one try at sneaking it into his almond milk, he now watches me like a hawk when I prepare it.
It will find a new home somewhere else.
So next I was looking for alternatives and I think I have hit the jackpot.
Pretty healthy, sweet, packed with carbs, protein and fiber, and oh so delicious.
I altered the recipe to go with what we have on hand and they are yummy.
W's Mighty Bites
(borrowed heavily from Smashed Peas and Carrots)
1c. oats (mine are thick rolled...nice and chewy)
1/2 c. peanut butter with flax seeds (trader joe's)
1/3-1/2 c. honey (depending on consistency and sweet factor can also use agave)
1 c. shredded coconut (not sweetened)
1/2 c. wheat germ (or other dry powdery substance...cocoa, flax seeds, whole wheat flour etc)
1/2 c. mix in (chocolate chips, more coconut, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, whatever floats your boat)
1 Tbs. vanilla (homemade! more on that another day.)
Mix it all together (use hands, spoon, your little sweetie's hands...it almost is like playdough) refrigerate for a little bit to help it firm up and then roll into balls. If it is dry and not sticking together well, add a touch of coconut oil or honey...just a drop at a time. Keep them in the fridge and begin snacking. They are full of energy and options. Even my healthy eater enjoyed them (but suggested that if I left out the chocolate chips, he'd still eat them.)