I am always looking for more ways to get my children to eat good and healthy food. This recipe that a friend gave me was so easy, and yummy! Our middle son, Owen, is currently in the Brain Balance program and along with all the therapies and work he is doing there 3 days a week, we also have exercises for home program and a nutrition plan. This plan is pretty restrictive. No gluten, dairy, soy, or refined sugars, and very limited corn. He also is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs so although we can have those things and stay on program with him, he can’t.
When we first began trying new foods Owen would absolutely refuse. He would have meltdowns, throw fits, I mean you would think we were asking him to move mountains, not take a small bite of food to try. Sometimes when he finally would try something, he would then throw up or spit it out because it was terrible. We have learned through his testing at Brain Balance that his “smeller” is off. He failed the portion of the test where he is supposed to guess smells, and smelling our food is a big part of how we taste our food so it makes sense that not very many things taste good to him. If it wasn’t the taste, it was the texture that threw him off so many times we felt like we couldn’t win.
He is slowly making progress. He is more open to trying new foods and taking at least 2 bites and swallowing. We haven’t found very many new foods that he likes yet, but the fact that he isn’t throwing up when he tries them is definitely progress!
We tried this recipe with some success…
Apple Breakfast Quinoa
Begin by peeling and coring the apples, then cut them into bite size pieces. In a medium saucepan add apples, water, and quinoa.
Bring these to a boil, then cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Stir in cinnamon, then separate into 2 bowls. You can drizzle with honey if needed. I made a double batch so that I could have it all ready for the next day as well, so I put them in containers. It reheats quite well!
This was a definite hit with my littlest. He’s 3 and can nearly eat an entire serving by himself! My Brain Balance kid, Owen, doesn’t love it, but will eat about 5 bites and given our history, I’d say that’s a win! My oldest who is 9 will eat about 1/2 a serving before she says she is full.
I absolutely love it! It tastes good, but more than that, it is filling and keeps me full until it’s time to eat again, no mid-morning hunger to try and battle.
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