I haven’t talked much about what we’re feeding Nate because, honestly, it’s been a bit of a struggle. When he was 9 months old, we found out that we needed to cut all dairy out of his diet. And, since I have problems with wheat we’re keeping him gluten-free until he’s at least 18 months old so that his gut is developed enough to digest it properly. I may keep him gluten-free longer as baby #2 will need to be gluten-free as well.
At play dates, I see mommas giving their kids dairy yogurt, cookies, and animal crackers. None of those work for our sweet little Nate.
Couple that with the fact that Nate would rather eat an orange (or any fruit) than a cookie or carbs, and the fact that he never, ever holds still and I’m left with the interesting challenge of finding foods that he’ll eat that will also help him gain weight. Or at least maintain his current weight.
I started searching for solutions and wanted foods to be whole-foods based, full of healthy fats, portable, and something he’ll gobble up. In the process I’ve found lots of foods he absolutely loves.
One of my favorites was a complete surprise. At the library I happened across the most fabulous raw foods book, Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles. You know I’m not raw. We’re not going raw, either. But, good, healthy food is good healthy food. And this book is packed with natural, whole-foods snacks.
Not only did Nate love these bars but Joe did too. They’re simple. They’re healthy. And they’re delicious.
What are your favorite portable, healthy snacks?
A healthy raw-food snack bar packed with omega-3 fats from walnuts. Adapted from Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles.
- 3 cups grated apples, about 3 - 4 medium apples
- 2 cups raw walnuts
- 1 cup currants
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Put the grated apples in a large bowl. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, grind the walnuts until they're in a medium-fine meal. Don't process so much that they become a flour consistency.
- Add the ground walnuts, currants, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt to the grated apples. Stir to combine.
- Use your hands to press the mixture into bars that are about 2-inches x 3-inches. Squeeze as much liquid from the bars as possible. Set directly on food dehydrator screens so that the bars don't touch.
- Dehydrate at 105 degrees F for 20 to 24 hours. (Mine took the full 24 hours.) Note that bars will firm up as they cool. (I used my 5-tray Excalibur food dehydrator.)
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days, or refrigerate for up to two weeks.
There is a lot of extra liquid once all the bars are made. I used it to make the most incredible oatmeal for breakfast the next morning. (Clearly, not at all raw, but you could use it to make museli.)
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