30 Bananas a Day!

PLEASE I need HELP anyone who knows about what a 2 year old child needs to eat, help! Any parents or people who know anything about kids PLEASE!

My dear (ahem) sister just got her pretty little self sent away for possibly a long time. She has a beautiful sweet two year old daughter who was going to be sent to social services, no father in the picture... But luckily I got to her, and I have her. For now it is a temporary situation, but I think and hope that it may become more permanent.

 

I love this little squirt, and she knows me well, but here's the problem... What do I feed this kid!?!?!?!

 

I just got her released to me about two hours ago...

 

I know NOTHING about childrens nutrition, ect, and haven't been able to get ahold of any pediatrician yet. I have looked online and found some things, but most to all of them are cooked foods/fried foods, ect.

 

I don't HAVE any of that in my house. I don't even have a stove, i'm not kidding, I have a small loft apt with a warming plate.

 

She is a very slender girl, {could be natural but my sister also never really fed her very often :( }

 

She won't eat anything at the moment, i've tried apples, oranges, carrots, tomato slices, bell peppers, yada yada to no avail, I am sure most of this is emotional at the moment..

 

HELP...

 

I don't know ANYTHING about kids!

 

All I got with her is a pack of diapers, a sleeping bag, and one nightgown.

 

Ummm... what do I do? Please!

 

Do I have to feed her cooked foods? (I'll find a way if she needs this I just need to know what she needs!)

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FRUIT! i don't know much about kids but everyone's natural diet is revolved around fruit. Try bananas or smoothies or other kinds of fruit!
:) great idea thanks! :)
Thanks to you both for the smoothie idea, i asked her what she wanted to eat and she started crying for "nuggies n fries"... Which... Sorry kid but it isn't going to happen...

So I took some flax, bananas and blueberries and threw it into the blender with some ice chips. Shes going at it now. I need to figure out what to do long term.

Can kids thrive on a raw vegan diet? (I realize I would have to up the fats, so no 80 10 10, hmm..)

Anyone have raw kids?
Her mom never breastfed, it was bottle, solids at 4 months, and always fast food. ugh.

But thats my sister for you.

THANK you for the information.
I used to look after my child neighbour and I always fed her up with a load o fruit. She loved it...she wouldn't stop eating it! Downed more than me...
Her Ma would feed her cheap crap food, but she told me her favourite food was "guinea pig food" She would rummage in the garden eating all the greens!

I suggest contacting Karmyn - http://www.30bananasaday.com/profile/Karmyn she is raising a beautiful raw child.... and there are quite a few on here who are also.

Dose her up on fruit for now... :)
Thank you! :D

And that is simply adorable.
Her mother never breastfed :/

But THANK you for the information it all helps!
Oh, good call on the nuts, I didn't even think about that thank you.
Hi Clover,

Your niece is so BLESSED that you're willing and able to care for her!

She is going through a hard time so she probably won't be very hungry for a few days. The good news is she won't starve herself--she'll eventually eat again.

As for what to feed her, I can give you some examples of things I feed Andrew (he turns 3 next month):

He eats lots of fruit like pineapple, papaya, bananas, oranges, grapes, mangos, cherries, strawberries, apples, whatever is in season and what he's attracted to.

He also eats dried fruit like raisins, dates and pineapple--perfect travel food!

He likes non sweet fruits like tomatoes and cucumbers.

He eats fatty fruits like avocado, durian (his FAVORITE) and coconut.

His "juice box" is the water from a young coconut! Besides this the only other juices he drinks are freshly pressed sugar cane juice and fresh orange juicy (he calls it "juicy")

He enjoys nuts and seeds on occasion like walnuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds.

He likes eating greens like celery, romaine lettuce, iceberg, spinach.

Oddly enough he even likes to eat raw broccoli PLAIN.

Try making her raw versions of familiar foods. For instance you can make her raw vegan ice cream. Just blend some frozen bananas in the blender. This is popular with most children whether raw or not.

Also try feeding her dates--very similar to candy which I'm sure she's had in her life.

You can also try making her sliced apples with raw caramel sauce. Here's the recipe:

Ono Caramel Apple Dip

For each (adult) serving:

8 oz dates, pitted (we use Halawi)
1 cup water
4 large apples, cored and sliced

Blend dates and water in Vitamix on the High (II) speed until smooth. Pour into bowl.

Enjoy with apple slices.

It would be really hard for her to turn this one down!

Also try making her a raw pasta marinara (another food that's familiar to her). Here's the recipe:

Raw Vegan Pasta Marinara

Ingredients:

* 6 fresh and ripe tomatoes
* 1 1/2 cups sundried tomatoes
* handful fresh basil
* 3 zucchini or yellow squash

Cut tomatoes into big chunks and add them into a food processor. Process briefly. Add sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Process until smooth. Set aside. With a potato peeler, slice the squash into "noodles" until you reach the seeds. You can also use a spiralizer if you have one. Arrange the squash noodles onto two plates. Spoon sauce on top. Enjoy!

Maybe she'd like guacamole with carrot sticks, cucumber slices and celery sticks?

Try making a nut or seed pate. Blend some nuts with some mild herbs and a little water in a food processor. You can put the mixture in lettuce leaves and sprinkle some chopped tomato on top.

Also try making her smoothies (aka raw vegan "milkshakes") with frozen bananas and adding some raw carob powder.

You can also try making her coconut noodles with young Thai coconuts (not an ideal food due to how the coconuts are chemically treated, but they're better than cooked food). She will probably like that since it's the raw version of something she's probably familiar with)

Try other common foods like fresh squeezed orange juice and raisins.

Try making her some "raw oatmeal"

Recipe:

mash a couple of ripe bananas in a bowl to an oatmeal like consistency. Add 10 soaked raisins and a dash of cinnamon. Add a sweetener like honey or agave if needed.

This should get you started--check back in and let us all know how they're working for your niece.

All the best,

Karmyn

P.S. Here are a couple of articles I wrote about what I feed Andrew (I need to write MORE):

http://karmynmalone.com/?p=553

http://karmynmalone.com/?p=25

P.P.S. He's eating cherimoya right now ...
Oh YUM those recipies sound delicious and I will def try soon! :D thank you thank you!
OH thank you for the fruit foraging idea I LOVE it :D
raw nut milk or avocado can be blended with fruits for children.

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