Friday, 13 September 2013

Coconut Oil for Toddlers

Small has been having coconut oil in things for quite some time now. One of the challenges of a vegan diet for a toddler is making sure there's enough fat, as vegan diets are normally quite high in fibre. Toddlers don't eat as much as us grown ups do, so I constantly have to think about what she's eating to try and get the balance right. It's important not to go the other way either and include way too much fat!
She has several other sources of fat too: Flax Oil as it's Omega rich, Avocados, Ground Nuts/ Nut Butters and vegan margarine (as it is fortified) - to name a few, so by no means is it her only source. 
It's good because it contains Lauric Acid  - which has lots of brilliant properties such as being an immune system booster and it's also found in human breast milk. 
Here are some of the ways I use coconut oil in Small's Diet:

For cooking in place of vegetable or olive oil. It tastes great for frying tofu!

On toast or toasted sandwiches in place of margarine. If it sounds strange, give it a go - I promise you it tastes amazing!

A tablespoon mixed into porridge with cinnamon and soaked raisins.

In fruity puddings to taste - with the right combinations you can create a fabulous tropical taste. 

Note: I am not a professional and am in no way qualified to offer nutritional advice. This is purely just me sharing personal experience.

1 comment:

  1. I love using coconut oil when I make popcorn on the stove. It's so tasty!