Fruit and Grain Recipe for G-Tube Feeding


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**

1 pear

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.

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12 thoughts on “Fruit and Grain Recipe for G-Tube Feeding

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  1. Dear Lynn, our son Tim uses a gastrostomy tube and we’ve been experimenting w/ fresh foods vs. the can stuff for a while now but lately have had trouble w/ the ‘pump’ because we do not (evidently) liquify enough to pass through the tiny opening… Tim doesn’t like gravity so much… I am wondering how you blend your stuff and what methods you use for feeding? thanks so much! Pam

  2. Hi Pam!
    Thanks for visiting…. I do not use a pump nor gravity. I use a 2 ounce/60 ml syringe. I use a VITAMIX blender which works wonderfully and eliminates any lumps. I typically blend all the vegetables (raw) and nuts and water first, then add the meat. The thickness is so affected by the foods you blend. Mushrooms and avocado tend to thicken the mixture, as well as fat from meats. Often I can overcome the thickness by warming the food in the microwave and stirring it well. I have also added water and different oils to achieve a thinner mixture without sacrificing calories. If you are wondering how we deliver the food via syringe, we actually follow a schedule which you can see here: how to feed If you have more specific questions, feel free to email me at PedalingBackwards@gmail.com

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  4. Hi Lynne,
    I’m a caregiver and my client has a G-Tube we have been using Nepro but it’s just not enough even with meals in between. He also has very loose bowels so we need something that can help stop him up or at least slow down the process so he can have time to digest and absorb some of the calories and nutrients. What can you suggest to include in a recipe to stop diarreah?
    Thank you for your help.

    Tracy

    • My best suggestion to you would be to add some starch. I have recently started using bulghur – a whole wheat grain. I soak it in simmering beef broth for 15 minutes and then blend it in with Little Miss’s foods. Starch seems to be effective at thickening poop. I am not familiar with Nepro. I always add an oil, like olive oil or safflower oil to my daughter’s feedings as they are high in calories and in our experience this has not affected the consistency of her bowel movements.

  5. I have used your recipes and loved them all. Thank you! How do you make sure that your daughter doesn’t suffer from constipation? That has been one of our biggest battles.

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