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June 22nd, 2012, 07:48 AM
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dont know if you guys remember...carlos had borderline anemic iron levels at 9 months. he took an iron supplement at half dose every other day until 12 months. his iron tested well. she told me to discontinue the iron then. but now i feel like i'm constantly looking at his meals in relation to "is he getting enough iron??" and he's not a huge eater. he's more of a grazer and he loves fruits and vegetables. he will eat beans only when he feels like and he eats some tofu about 2-3 days a week. i feel like i cant find enough sources of iron for him and she's going to be retesting him at 18 months. she already doesn't care for the fact that he's not eating animals (she was pushing chicken last visit). anyway, he's really into finger foods, so getting grains into him isn't very easy. he's on this anti utensils things unless it's yogurt..

is there anything else you guys can recommend? some sort of "bites" made with grains? he doesn't even really to eat sandwiches. also, nuts are off limits until age two at the request of the dr. TIA!
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June 22nd, 2012, 05:49 PM
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if he is breastfed, i would not be too concerned. our dr never tested DD and was never concerned about her being vegan/vegetarian. How about hummus? Have you ever made the colcanon puffs from Fat Free Vegan? What about molassas cookies?

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June 22nd, 2012, 06:58 PM
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If he eats vegetables maybe keep the leafy greens stocked up, lots of spinach and silverbeet.

As for little bite sized food, Sasha LOVES little "kidney bean and lentil balls"
Mashed up kidney beans
Red lentils
A little bit of egg to bind it (or whatever binding agent you prefer to use)

They can either be lightly fried, grilled or baked, and you can add, omit, substitute. They work well with chickpeas and cannellini beans, you can add some grated veggies (the chickpea ones are good with some corn)

Sasha likes dipping them in things too, which makes them a bit more fun to eat.
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