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« on: August 08, 2005, 13:54:05 pm »
Adrian lately started refusing meat. I think it is too hard for him to chew on since he has only 5 teeth. He is happy to eat it in the form of stage 2 jar, but he is really on table foods now and into self-feeding.

He'll eat couple of bites of fish, or a meat ball or something that is fairly soft, but I am afraid that it's not enough to supply him with iron and protien that he needs.

So, what do you guys give instead of meat? Beans, lentils, tofu, egg, nuts? Am I missing something? Just need some ideas to expand his menu? How big the servings should be?
Sandra, mom to Adrian - July 30th, 2004 and Nina December 4th, 2007

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2005, 18:24:08 pm »
Hi there, I am a veggie and my daughter has a milk and soy intolerance so I have learned the art of protein I can tell you!
I give her eggs, which are good for vitamins and minerals too. I cant use tofu and stuff with her so I end to stick to fish (oily if possible), chickpeas (I puree them and make a veggie korma with coconut milk- she adores it) I also use quinoa a lot- its one of the only foods with all 10 essential amino acids and it is classed as a seed rather than a grain. I cook it in a batch every day and add some to her porridge, (about 1 tablespoon) and also I use it to make stews and the like. Its very versatile.
I wouldnt worry about qualnity- think quality rather than amount. You seem to be on the right track with the tofu and stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2005, 21:13:00 pm »
http://www.babywhisperer.com/forum/not-enough-meat-products-vt37929.html

Here's a similar discussion about meal alternatives.  :)

As far as portion size (I assume you're talking about meat), I just offer and let him eat as much as he wants - in our case he really likes beans and will maybe eat a dozen or so at a sitting or I would count one egg as being adequate.  To be honest, I don't really worry too much as long as he's getting something and the variety over the course of a week.

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2005, 21:46:59 pm »
Peanut butter (actually, any nut butter) thinned with milk or juice is a good source of protein. Yogurt, cheese, and wheat germ are good too. Wheat germ is easy to stir into yogurt or just about anything!
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2005, 15:01:26 pm »
Thanks. I totally missed the other post.
Sandra, mom to Adrian - July 30th, 2004 and Nina December 4th, 2007