Homemade Coconut Yogurt 

I already shared the link to homemade coconut yogurt earlier, but I thought I’d video the process so that you could see how easy it is. As you can see, each video is only a couple of minutes long. That is all of the hands on time there is! The rest is just waiting on the Instant Pot to do its thing; “yogurt”. 

I was half asleep when I made the first one, and the second one.. Well I am just not too comfortable with the camera yet. Hopefully, I’ll get there. 

Joshua will have a container of this yogurt with some fruit and hemp seeds, for breakfast in the morning. He loves it! 
Part 1: Homemade Coconut Yogurt 
Part 2: Homemade Coconut Yogurt 

Coconut Yogurt

 


I found this wonderful recipe for coconut yogurt that you make in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.  I love  Co Yo, but it’s so expensive! Making it myself will definitely save us some money. I think I pay a little over $4.00 for each single size container of Co Yo.

It was very easy, couldn’t be easier in fact! I had it yogurting in the Instant Pot all day yesterday, and last night I added the gelatin and put it into my favorite containers from Amazon. (not an affiliate link) It turned out very yummy! It turned out a much different texture than the Co Yo, but the taste was spot on. This recipe uses gelatin to set the yogurt so that it isn’t runny, and Co Yo uses tapioca and pectin. They are both delicious.

You can find the recipe that I used HERE. I only made the yogurt, not the sauce. I may make the sauce in the future though, it looks delicious, and I love the taste of balsamic vinegar! If I do make it, I will have to substitute stevia for the honey though, because I’m on a LCHF (low carb high fat) diet. UNLESS I save it for a night when I do a carb up! That’s an idea!

Onward and upward!

Big News! 

Some of you already know the BIG NEWS, but I wanted to share with ALL of our friends and family, that don’t yet know…JOSHUA is eating ALL of his meals by mouth now!!!!2 weeks into it and he’s doing A M A Z I N G!!!!
The next challenge that he’s working so hard to kick ass at…straw drinking! His dystonia really tries to make this one a heck of a hard one for him, but he is one determined young man! He knows if he can master the straw, he won’t need his g-tube anymore and believe me, that is his goal. He has no love for the g-tube. 
His g-tube has been giving us a LOT of grievance lately. On the 2nd of this month, we were in the ER until 2 am, because I was worried it was infected, and it was sticking so far out of his body that we could barely use it. I had to jiggle it around to get anything to go down. They, ER, were not helpful. It was a complete waste of time, besides them assuring me it wasn’t infected. Honestly, I didn’t really trust their eyeball prognosis though, but a couple of days later it began looking and working better, no jiggling required. Last night all of the same stuff popped up, literally. We took him into the surgeon ‘s office today and it turns out (which I had finally suspected) that he needed a different size g-button. He’s gained almost ten pounds since getting it and that small layer of fat makes a difference. Believe me, the guy still has a six pack, so I wasn’t sure! It has come out a few times on it’s own, to be found on the floor, and we are all panicking and hustling our hineys around to get it back in, before the hole that it goes in closes up. It’s SUPER stressful on all of us. I think Sissy, Dad and I have a small heart attack each time! We definitely have some PTSD around here, from our event last year. It definitely worries Joshua too, but he’s super brave. Our Superman! The surgeon, who I do trust, he saved Joshua’s life, thinks this will solve most of the issues. Praying that is so! 
I could not be prouder of him and his accomplishments! He has worked so hard in therapy, with his amazing SLP/partner, Shannon, on feeding and it has sure paid off for him!! 

Onward and upward! 

Dinner/6-25-16

We have just recently been able to increase Joshua’s volume for each g-tube meal. This has allowed him to go from 5 meals a day at 350 mls, to 4 meals a day at 400 mls. I like him to get between 1800-2000 calories a day. At 4 meals a day I try to have each one around 450-500 calories, sometimes though breakfast is his biggest meal of the day, at 600-650 calories, so adjust his other meals as needed.

I’ve been doing 2000 recently and he’s gained 3 pounds in one month! He’s never had that kind of gain before. So now I’m backing off just a bit so that he won’t gain too much more, before getting used to all of the weight he’s just gained.
He has been working super hard at physical therapy, at home, and at the pool to build more muscle. I can tell this new weight addition has thrown him and he isn’t used to carrying it around yet.
This meal was chicken leg quarters that I had roasted for the whole family, spinach sautéed in bacon grease, 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast, and 44 grams of Kite Hill cream cheese, salt, and garlic powder. It is my first time to blend just one meal for his g-tube. Now that he’s able to tolerate more volume, 400 mls at a time, I can do that. Joshua prefers his meals by gravity, so I need them to be thin enough to go down without using a syringe to push. I was able to blend this altogether with only a couple of ounces of water, and it came to about 250 mls after blending. I then added water up to 400 mls and it was 456 calories and thin enough to go down by gravity. I was super excited!!

I usually blend 4 meals at a time, all the same ingredients. Now that he’s only getting 2 g-tube meals a day, it lasts us 2 days.

I am constantly playing around with it, and trying to perfect things for us.

This meal was delicious! I taste everything that I give Joshua, by mouth or g-tube. I want it to always be yummy and good combinations of food, so that it doesn’t upset his tummy.

I haven’t tried this again yet, but I will soon! I’ll let you know how it goes!

June 25, 2016

My son, Joshua, gets between 1800-2000 calories a day. At this time he is eating 2 meals by mouth, puréed like the below pictured meal, and 2 meals by g-tube, also puréed with extra liquid added so that it will go down by gravity, his preferred way of receiving his g-tube meals. He likes his g-tube meals to be over with quickly. Fast and furious! He doesn’t like being fed by g-tube, he is very ready to be done with meals that way, and even tries to knock the syringe out of my hand while I’m feeding him, often, so like I said we do it that way as quickly as possible. It’s something we just have to get done.

Joshua is really enjoying eating by mouth again. This boy has always just loved to eat! So when he stopped eating anything, after all of his surgery trauma, and wouldn’t let us put anything in his mouth, without it seeming to be painful, it was tough to see. To now see him enjoying and loving eating again, is absolutely AMAZING! I love to feed him and watch him enjoy his food. I love making his food. Yes, I feel chained to the blender many days, but I really do love it, and it brings me a lot of satisfaction. Satisfaction to see him enjoying it, getting healthier, and putting on more weight. I feel pride in all of that. I love that I can do something very tangible to better Joshua’s health. When you have a child with special needs, there are so many things that you just cannot make better for them, but when you can make a difference just by changing their diet, and you see the positive changes happening, it feels pretty incredible.

When Joshua first got out of the hospital, he weighed 49 pounds, and now 8 months later he is a whopping 58 pounds. That’s still small for a 12-year-old boy, but he is on his way. He has filled out in so many places! Our family sees it, and now others are noticing also.

While the journey to get to where we are has at times been incredibly difficult, I am so thankful for the fact that I have learned better ways to feed him and to get calories into him, that I didn’t know before.

So here is his breakfast today. Nothing fancy. It only took me about 15 minutes; prep to table. I will do a video soon of how I blend it, so you can see how easy it is.

Breakfast:

2 eggs, cooked over easy

80 grams of fresh spinach, sautéed in bacon grease

1 tablespoon of Let’s Do Organic Creamed Coconut (coconut butter)