I have a little guy on my caseload right now who is trying to come off a feeding tube. He’s not able to take in much food by mouth volume wise, so his mom and I are on search to find low volume, high calorie foods.
Among the list:
1 pat of Fleischmann’s butter: 100 calories
1 T of heavy whipping cream: 60 calories
1 T of french vanilla coffee creamer: 40 calories
Can you BELIEVE that? 100 calories for ONE stinkin’ pat of butter! Wow. I honestly never even glance at nutrition labels…but the knowledge of that 100 calories puts eating a piece of buttered toast in a whole new light.
Anyway, his mom adds that kind of high calorie stuff to his mashed potatoes, puddings, pureed mac and cheese…all kinds of foods, to help him get more ‘bang for his buck.’
All this thinking about calories has been good for me! No more just haphazardly dumping 1/4 cup of french vanilla creamer in my large coffee! Or… at least feeling a little bit of guilt when I do, rather than never giving it a second thought.
I wish I had a sophisticated palette. I wish I wasn’t tempted with the vast array of high calorie concoctions that fine eating establishments (Sonic) can dream up.
But alas, I seem to have the palette of a 13 year old boy, and I find things like this very tempting:
I came very close to parting with $1.99 today and leaving Sonic with Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Bites with caramel dipping sauce.
It was a close call. But I stayed strong, and parted from my time at Sonic with only my Cranberry Slush to show for it.