Bye-bye, BRAT!

Bye-bye, BRAT!

Yesterday we ate lunch at the studio, followed by a nap and productive afternoon. I picked up a salmon bento box from Teaism, which is one of our favorite lunches. When I sat it on the table, Lucy raised both arms in the air and did a double-fist pump. I wish they had a kids’ version of this plate because she loves it.

Bye-bye, BRAT!

Sometimes she will even eat the cucumber salad.

Bye-bye, BRAT!

I make a little plate for her using the top lid of the box. And I give her her own set of chopsticks, which she loves.

Bye-bye, BRAT!

I think the BRAT diet really did us in. We consume a majority of our fluids through our food. So when Lucy turned her nose up to almost all of our options of Banana, Rice, Apple sauce or Toast, things really started to go down hill. Our saving grace was avocados, which have potassium like bananas, and chicken and pasta soup. We had to expand our diet to a white diet instead.

Bye-bye, BRAT!

At this point, my focus is still on liquids. Lucy loves to say “Chen-Chen” for cheers and tap everyone’s glasses. It is a great drinking game. But I need to somehow double her beverage intake. At least. Any suggestions? She is still dairy-free and will sometimes drink chocolate almond milk. I realized that we both drink a lot during the middle of the night. So I am trying to change all of that, which is very hard. I have been drinking coconut water at night and in the morning. It is extremely hydrating and does not taste too bad if you imagine it is the leftover milk from your Frosted Flakes.

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  1. Sarah D.

    I made J a bento box (various tupperware boxes inside a larger one) for his supper the other night so he could eat while riding in the wagon on a dog walk. Multitasking at its best.

  2. Nicola

    Smoothies? We make them with frozen fruit and almond/coconut milk (with our without yoghurt) and usually add a little vanilla/honey. M loves them. You can also add some flaxseed or oatmeal (rolled oats soaked in some water for 15 mins). M also loves the bentos!

  3. Caroline (Author)

    That is great multi-tasking, Sarah!

    Nicola, I can’t wait to try that recipe. Great idea.

    I also bought some jello. So we are going to make some little jigglers at some point. I wish I had my cookie cutters here.

  4. Shannon Pettit

    1. Glad you are both feeling better.
    2. Congratulations on your art selection!
    3. I miss Teaism with the Armijo gals.
    4. The thought of coconut water made me gag a little.

  5. You can make Jigglers out of regular fruit juice and plain gelatin. This is from the Barefoot Contessa…


    * 4 cups pure grape juice, pure white grape juice, cranberry juice cocktail or other clear juice.
    * 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin


    In a large bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1 cup of the juice and allow to stand for a few minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 3 cups of juice until just boiling and pour it over the juice and gelatin mixture. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

    Pour into a 9 by 9-inch pan and chill until firm, about 3 hours or overnight. Dip the pan briefly into hot water to loosen, cut into squares or shapes, and serve.

    Also in all my years of working with kids I have found that sometimes a new way of drinking the beverage is just as enticing as a new beverage itself. Try a new type of cup. Maybe it is time for a straw cup or a sports bottle. These things with just water in them ( they do leak) sometimes makes a huge difference. Even trying a big girl cup without a lid could be fun.

    I am glad you are both feeling better.

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