Brown Rice Protein Powder Boosts Nutrition in Baby Food

Back when I wrote my Fattening Baby, Naturally post, I was searching for alternatives to Pediasure.   Although Audrey’s pediatrician wanted her to drink Pediasure in order to gain some weight, I hesitated giving her something with non-organic dairy products, artificial flavors, sugar, and maltodextrin.  I ended up doing all sorts of things to boost the calories and fat in her diet, and I also made a discovery: MLO brown rice protein powder.

A 24-oz container of the powder costs about $10.  I found it in the health food section of my local grocery store.  It’s gluten-free, vegan, and contains two simple ingredients: rice protein concentrate and rice bran.  As rice is often a first food for babies, it seemed like the perfect thing to add to her food without bombarding her with unnatural or unhealthful ingredients.

Two rounded tablespoons contain 110 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 15 grams of protein, as well as some calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium.  Back when I spoon-fed Audrey, I usually just put a tablespoon in her daily allotment of oatmeal.  Recently I added some to some popsicles I made out of oranges and bananas.  The back of the box has a smoothie recipe, but I find it too gritty for smoothies.

Now, I’ll issue the standard disclaimer that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist.  I’m just a mother who wanted to find some natural ways to plump my baby up–and this brown rice powder ended up being a great little discovery.  For more Works for Me Wednesday ideas, check out Rocks in My Dryer.


  1. Since my 18 month old doesn’t eat orally and contantly vomits, we are trying to switch from Neosure to Pediasure as her only source of nutrition (it has more calories). Since she is g-tube fed, I thought formula was the only possibility, but after reading this post, I may see what other types of things I can use to supplement calories and still put through her g-tube.

  2. hi,

    Im in australia and have a dangerously underweight baby that im trying to fatten up! this sounds great but do you know where i could get it here? or even an internet site i could order it from?

  3. PediaSmart powder. They certainly aren’t giving it away, but it’s worth it!

  4. Rosie Turner says

    This is an interesting article about using a more natural substitute to other formulas. However, I’ve found Pediasure to be helpful for my baby so far. I’m seeing the gradual increase in weight and it’s been a pleasure seeing him grow bigger with a smile on his face!

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