This system has been working for us to keep our momentum now that school has started -- one shake in bed in the morning and one at school, supervised by the nurse:
Peanut Butter Shake Recipe:
3/4 cup Haagen Dazs chocolate and/or vanilla (roughly 375 calories)
1/4 - 1/3 cup whole milk (roughly 40 calories)
Chocolate syrup to taste (don’t count the calories)
45 grams melted peanut butter OR peanut butter topping by Reese”s (bought it online from restaurant supply store - can buy a pump and it is three pumps. It is roughly the same nutritional info but is thinner and pumps out and does not clump in the shake even without melting it first) (roughly 285 calories)
BLEND. SERVE with straw. OR MAKE AHEAD and put in fridge in lidded jar. Wait till ice cream has all melted in fridge so it is a thick milk. Shake and Serve to guzzle or with a straw. Total is 700 ish. I figure 550 to be safe for amount in glass that doesn’t slurp into the straw well, and that sticks to the sides of the blender, inside cup, etc.
I have been giving this to ED-d every morning in bed and then letting her sleep another 1/2 hours or so before she needs to get up for school. She drinks it quickly and without complaint, through a wide silicone straw.
My kid detects HWC so I use whole milk, but by making them ahead I can let the ice cream melt and use less milk and more ice cream and keep the footprint small enough she is drinking it all. My kid detects ground nuts or protein powder or Carnation powder, or anything similar and does not like it. She is actually not afraid of the calories or protein of those things, but she does not like them and will not drink them. Adding the peanut butter is working well to get in some protein and lots more fat. Not sure she would like that recipe if not half asleep, but so far it is working for us with the current schedule.
THEN, ON A SCHOOL DAY, I SEND HER WITH A SECOND SHAKE (no peanut butter as it is banned from nurse’s office and that is where d goes for quick snack supervision during school day).
Small School Snack Shake Recipe:
3/4 cup Haagen Dazs - she likes vanilla for this (375 calories)
1/4 cup whole milk (roughly 40 calories)
Chocolate syrup to taste (I don’t count those calories)
BLEND. Put in fridge in lidded jar she can take to school if making the night before school or morning of (otherwise, store for longer term in freezer). When she gets to school she takes it to the nurse’s office, where there is a fridge. Immediately after school she goes to the nurse, shakes it by hand, then drinks it like a glass of milk (no straw). Brings the jar home. Quick, full of fat and calories. No problems so far after 3 weeks. (She goes to an after care program at the school until we get off work, so this is a nice bridge until we get her home for dinner) (she also goes mid-morning and eats a snack at the nurse’s office - so far, candy, but we are working on something with fiber if we can ever figure one out she will eat, is clean, is quick, and has no nuts).
THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME IN TERMS OF HOW TO MAKE/SERVE THEM:
I bought “Nice” brand chocolate covered almonds at Walgreens — they come in a clear plastic jar with a lid (have to remove the full-wrap label to see the clear jar, but it is not adhered and comes off really cleanly and easily). If your ED kid will do it, have them eat the almonds — they were super caloric and fatty (but my kid did not like them). Anyway, I bought them for the jars so my workmates ate the almonds. I bought six. I have started blending up the shakes in batches (one shake at a time for quality control, but back to back to back in one evening). I put each individual serving in one of those jars and for the next day, put them in the fridge and for other days put them in the freezer. The night before I transfer from the freezer to the fridge on the days I did not make fresh ones. Just shake them up by hand and serve. So far no spills in her lunch bag. So far no leaks when shaking. So far no distortion of shape from hand-washing. They are clean and neat and comfortable for her to drink out of. Really happy with how this part of the school year re-feeding is working out
EDITING to add: one of the best things I did for refeeding was to buy a cheap food scale online so now instead of trying to measure out 3/4 cup of ice cream or 2.5 tablespoons of peanut butter, just weigh it. I think I only paid $15 or so for a great scale on amazon and it was on my doorstep in two days. FWIW, consider getting one that takes regular batteries not the little round watch ones -- I use the scale multiple times every day and will be happier to replace normal batteries without a special shopping trip. Great investment imo.