Hi all, I would greatly appreciate some advice.

I am in the process of cutting dairy out of my diet so have replaced cows milk with almond. I can't get enough of the stuff.

My son is turning two in March, I really want to switch him over to Almond Milk too. I'm not concerned with lack of calcium as I know he will still get this in the almond milk and from other parts of his diet such as kale etc. What I am concerned with is the fat content. Everyone says toddlers need a healthy amount of fat that is apparently found in cows milk (this I don't understand as cows milk is tailored for the need of cows not humans) however if this is true I don't want to deny my son the fat he needs to develop.

Where will I find adequate fat content for my son?

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

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How about avocado?   That has lots of good fat in it. :)  I'm sure he'd love it if he can eat kale.   Other ideas, use a "cheese" recipe that uses cashews, that would give extra protein and fat.  Things like almond butter and that sort of thing could add some fat as well.  

I hope this helps.  If I think of anything else, I'll come back !

Thank you so much for your advice Cherrie. Luckily Dyl has taken to soy really well and has almond as a treat. I love the cashew 'cheese' idea thanks. Currently Dylan only eats avacado mixed with mash, but it is progress :). Again thankyou.

Hi! Sesame paste is also very nutritious and contains fat.

Cows milk is filled with saturated fat and the same goes for cheese.  I know pediatricians say they need the milk for the fat content, I have had that same thing told to me about my daughter, but they need healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats for healthy development.  NOT the saturated fat from cows milk and dairy.  I use chia seeds and ground fax seed for my daughter.  They go on pretty much everything so you can incorporate it easily into their diet.  My daughter enjoys a little avocado on her toast so that may be an option.  Nut butters are good too.  Peanut butter.  Smoothies with almond milk, peanut butter, banana, chia seeds, etc.  Also the recipe "Daddy's Sneaky Pudding" found in Becoming Vegan book was made for children/toddlers to make sure they get enough healthy fat and nutrients and kids seem to really love it.  Easy to make just throw everything in a blender. 

http://www.vegfamily.com/babies-and-toddlers/weight-gain-veg-toddle...  This link has the Daddy's Sneaky Pudding recipe towards the bottom.  Hope it helps!

 

This is brilliant, thankyou. Can't wait to make the pudding!
No problem, glad I could help :)

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