Monday, July 2, 2012


So in my whole label-reading experiment, I have learned one thing: cheese adds calories.

And by now all you expert parents of CFers are saying “no duh.”

Cheese adds calories to crackers (think Cheez-Its over Wheat Thins). Cheese adds calories to casseroles and fajitas. And it does it all without adding too many carbs. Yup, there’s no doubt about it, cheese is a CFers best friend.

The good news is when I was researching fat content of different cheeses, I came across Linda Stradley of “What’s Cooking America” and her great nutritional chart, including a long list of fat content by cheese type. Thanks Linda!

The bad news is that some of my personal favorite cheeses actually are lower in fat than I would have thought. And be careful – swiss is a great higher fat cheese unless you accidentally buy the low fat brand.
But I was pleasantly surprised to see Gruyere listed as one of the higher fat cheeses, which is great because I have a fantastic recipe to share for Quiche Lorraine.
Quiche Lorraine
3 large eggs
1/2 cup shredded/grated gruyere cheese*
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/8 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onions (we use white ones)
8 large slices of crispy bacon (the less fat the better)
1 9-inch deep dish pie shell frozen for 24 hours then thawed for 10 minutes

* The secret to a great quiche is the quality of the cheese. If you have the means and budget, find a gourmet cheese shop and ask for a recommendation for the best gruyere to bake with. You won't be disappointed.
Fry the bacon and break into small bits, trimming fat where necessary. Beat the eggs, milk and cream together. Then add the cheese and stir well. Next, add the onions, salt and pepper. When the pie shell is thawed, spread the bacon bits in the bottom of the pie shell. Pour the cheese mixture over the bacon bits, making sure that the cheese is spread evenly over the bottom of the pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees Farenheit for 35 minutes or until the crust starts to brown. Remove from oven and use a pie crust shield or just cover the crust edges with thin strips of tinfoil. Return the quiche to the oven for 15 minutes or until a fork comes out clean in the center of the quiche.
To truly low carb it, I found a crustless receipe using bread crumbs as a base here:

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Formula formula and oh more formula

It was tough for me to write the previous post because I didn’t want to open up the breast vs. bottle mommy bashing debate. So I was thankful to receive one nice “hello” message from a fellow mom!

The fact is, when dealing with CF, it’s pointless to argue the virtues of choosing breastmilk over formula. If a CF baby is getting enough nutrition and mom is mentally happy, then all is right with the world.

That said…personally I hate formula. It stinks, never mixes right and is so darn expensive. But I couldn’t be a full-time working mother without it. So formula, reluctantly, is my friend.

With Big Guy, we went through so many formulas. I tried every organic version on the market – even obscure ones from Ohio and Vermont.
Big Guy did not tolerate a single one.

Frustrated, I finally turned to Nestle-Gerber-whatevertheycallittoday Good Start Protect in the green can. It's like the Coca-Cola of formula. But presto chango Big Guy was happy again.

When switching Lil Guy over to formula, I didn’t even take the chance of trying something new and the fact that the Good Start Protect had probiotics seemed like a big plus for that digestive boost.

Here is how the top formulas on the market stack up with fat and carbs. It's really hard to tell if one whole gram of fat or carbs per bottle is really going to make a positive/negative impact on a CF baby in the long run. Ironically in our Gerber’s Good Start Protect is near the bottom of the list!

Similac Advance Powder
Similac Expert Care Neosure Powder*
Similac Go & Grow Milk Powder (Toddler)**
Enfamil EnfaCare Powder*
Enfamil Enfagrow Gentlease Powder (Toddler)
Bright Beginnings Organic Milk Based Organic Infant Formula
Earth's Best Milk-Based Formula
Vermont Organics DHA Milk Based Organic Infant Formula
Bright Beginnings Gentle Milk Based Infant Formula
Bright Beginnings Premium Formula
Enfamil Newborn Powder
Enfamil Premium Powder
Gerber Good Start Nourish Powder*
Enfamil A.R. for Spit-Up Powder
Gerber Good Start Protect Powder
Gerber Good Start Gentle Powder
Baby's Only Organic Dairy Toddler Formula***
All per 100 calories and 5 fluid ounces (except where noted)
* per 4.5 fluid ounces
** per 5.2 fluid ounces
*** per 4 fluid ounces