Kinda Crunchy Mom

May 20, 2008

“What does she eat?”

Filed under: MCAD — by mcadmom @ 10:45 pm

When people find out about Olivia’s disorder, one of the first things they want to know is what she eats.  I know people generally have a hard time getting their toddlers to eat–in fact, it was one of my biggest concerns when she was diagnosed.  I could write reams on the topic, we’ve thought aboout it so much.  People with MCAD need to eat a heart-healthy, low fat diet–so should everyone.   In many ways, Olivia’s diagnosis has been a gift to us in that it motivated us to be thoughtful about our food.  She is a hearty, adventurous eater, even in her picky times.

Here is a two-day food diary to give you an idea:

Day 1


 1 cup banana, blueberry and yogurt smoothie

1 slice whole wheat bread

1 egg (cooked in microwave, no oil)



 ¼ cup oatios

1 cup grape juice (diluted 50/50)



 1 cup pasta salad (made with broccoli, red bell pepper, black olives, olive oil, spices)

½ cup strawberries

½ cup skim milk

2 slices lean turkey breast



 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1 kiwi



 1 cup whole wheat penne pasta with meat sauce (made with fat free jar pasta sauce, carrots, spinach, and a small amount of extra lean ground beef)

1 T Parmesan cheese

1 cup red grapes

handful of goldfish crackers



 1 cup skim milk with Ovaltine

½ cup frozen raspberries




Day 2



 ¾ cup oatios

1 egg (cooked in microwave, no oil)

1 slice whole wheat bread

¾ cup strawberries

½ cup skim milk



 ½ peanut butter and jelly sandwich (see above)

½ cup grapes

½ cup apricot nectar (diluted 50/50)



 Bean burrito (1 whole wheat tortilla, 1T 2% cheddar, ¼ C. fat free refried beans, 2T grated carrot)

1T fat free salsa

½ cup leftover brown rice (cooked with fat free, low sodium chicken broth and some of the pineapple sauce)

½ banana




 1 applesauce

½ cup skim milk with ovaltine


Dinner (picnic at park)

 ¾ tuna sandwich (2 slices whole wheat bread, chunk light tuna packed in water, small amount of lowfat mayo, relish)

¼ cup cucumber

½ cup grapes

1 low fat string cheese stick

½ cup lemonade



 ½ McDonald’s lowfat ice cream cone (didn’t eat cone)




 All milk is skim and organic (most everything is organic if possible)

 All cheese is 2% lowfat cheese

All juice is diluted

All meat is extra lean and carries the American Heart Association Label


This is quite long, so I’ll say more later!



1 Comment »

  1. Geesh! And I thought Kali ate pretty healthy…but everyday we have some type of fight about fruit snacks or chips! There’s no doubt you are doing a great job with Olivia!

    Comment by aforfar — May 21, 2008 @ 11:32 am |Reply

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