I can’t keep my kids full. They are eating our fridge empty in twice the time they do during the school year. To save money I go to a local Mom and Pop produce market. Last week on top of all the other fruits and vegetables, I bought three pounds of bananas. My neighbor who has very young kids saw the box and asked, what’s up with all the bananas? Are you making something that requires bananas? I replied they were for the boys, he asked if they were for a few weeks and I said they will be around as long as they last which was exactly three days. This week I bought four pounds.
This evening to prepare for our day tomorrow I not only cooked allergen free things to have on hand for Aaron, I cut up a watermelon, two containers of strawberries, sliced oranges (the only way my kids will eat them), made the lunches for on the go tomorrow, refilled the Mom bag with allergen safe snacks and cookies, and prepped veggies for tomorrow nights dinner. I wonder how long all that fruit will last? I am thinking it will be gone by Tuesday morning.
All of this ultimately would be easier if we didn’t have food allergies to worry about. I am wondering how I will ever find enough calories to feed a growing kid who is so committed to swimming. Elite swimmers burn 12,000 calories a day. As it is Aaron ate for dinner twelve of his Aaron meatballs that we make for him, which are ground turkey, grains ground into breadcrumbs, broccoli, carrots, green pepper, spinach, onion, and zucchini ground to nothing in the food processor with olive oil, and formed into balls. He also had a bag of plain potato chips, two bananas, pineapple, strawberries, two cupcakes, two water ices, and an applesauce. That was dinner for my under fifty pound, six year old. It was a typical meal for him of late.
Although, Aaron is six he is a fairly serious athlete. What do elite athletes who are food allergic do to get enough calories in their diet? All the foods Aaron is allergic to are foods that are high in calories. He couldn’t drink protein powder because it is milk based. Do they have soy protein powder? All ideas on feeding the serious food allergic kid and keeping him full? There are so many nights I can hand him brown rice and beans.