There isn’t anything really magical about “formula”. It is either a cows milk base, soy base, rice base, corn syrup base with vitamins and minerals added. Definitely the easiest way to feed someone with a g-tube. For my daughter I have found it is not the BEST way to feed her and not even the easiest.
Yesterday I shared my protein and veggie recipe. Today is the fruit and grain recipe. I give this to her once a day.
1 cup whole plain yogurt*
2 whole bananas
10 large strawberries
2 tsp flax seed and/or 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal**
any other fruit I have on hand – blueberries, grapes, watermelon, etc.
2 cups orange juice
This makes 2-3 feedings (in our case). Blend thoroughly and refrigerate or freeze what is not used for a feeding. My husband and other kids like this as a smoothie for breakfast!
*I actually do not use the yogurt because of dairy issues in our family. For additional calories, use 2 c yogurt. Good calorie content, good healthy bacteria content, good calcium content. I crush calcium tablets and add those to the syringe of food.
** Note on flax seed. It is highly nutritious! It is also fiber. An adult should never have more than 2 Tablespoons a day of flax seed, according to what I’ve read. (Not because of the fiber.) It MAY produce gas, so start out small – 1/2 teaspoon maybe – and increase gradually over time. I have found that 2 teaspoons works well for Little Miss.
Almonds, other nuts, oils can be added to increase calories. Calorie estimate here.