FAQ

Where can I buy Wholesome Blends

Wholesome Blends and be purchased through HECAS. Based in Brisbane, HECSA offers fantastic customer service and fast deliver all over Australia. 

For New Zealand purchases, please contact admin@wholeosemblend.com.au.

 

Are Wholesome Blends designed to be nutritionally complete?

Wholesome Blends are designed to be consumed like any meal.  We do not expect to obtain all of our body’s nutrients from one meal, nor do we expect one pouch of Wholesome Blends to provide your body with every macro, and micronutrient.  Wholesome Blends are designed to complement your current feeding regime, whether that includes commercially prepared formulas, or your own homemade tube blends. 

As the range expands a variety of Wholesome Blends products will be available that will provide your body with a variety of nutrients, just as a range of wholefood meals would. 

Can I combine Wholesome Blends with my own blend recipes in the same feed?

Yes! We often recommend families transition onto Wholesome blends by adding a small volume, increasing the percentage volume by approximately 20% every 3 days until a complete transition has been made.  This allows time for the gastrointestinal tract and immune system to respond to the change. 

Are homemade tube blends right for me or my child?

Wholesome Blends have been designed and developed to provide the tube-feed population with choice.  Whilst commercially prepared formulas may be nutritionally complete (and offer ongoing lifesaving options for those who cannot meet all nutritional needs orally) Wholesome Blends offer an alternative to those who are:

  • Not immunocompromised or requiring admission to an intensive care or high dependency unit,

  • Not 100% nasogastric, or jejunostomy fed,

  • Not dependent upon a continuous tube feeding regime,

  • Medically stable,

  • Not losing weight (unless medically prescribed),

  • Have a G-tube size that is at least 12 French or bigger (14 French is ideal),

  • 12 months or older,

  • Can tolerate flexibility in their enteral feeding schedule,

  • Have the capacity to educate themselves, or act on behalf of the person receiving the blends, regarding the pros and cons of using a wholefood blended diet,

  • Have the capacity to seek advice from suitable health professionals during periods of ill health,

  • Have the resources to either purchase or safely prepare and store their own wholefood blends, and

  • Own or have access to a good quality, high power/industrial strength food blender

A collaborative decision-making approach outlining what is best for you, or your child, is strongly advised. This ensures that your health care team are aware of your decision to move from 100% commercially prepared formulas, thereby allowing them to support you with ongoing patient-centred care.  Dietitians remain the experts in nutrition and should lead the multidisciplinary discussions with your health care team.  We understand that not all Australian Dietitians have training with the provision of wholefood blended diets, however, they do have the training to assist you with analysis of nutritionally adequate recipes.  

Once you understand the commitment, planning, preparation, financial and labour costs required to commence a blended diet we recommend that you communicate this understanding to your health care team. Also request that they clearly document your reasons for choosing a blended diet, your health status and the steps you are taking to implement it.  A clear history of documentation in your health record is a fantastic way for you to be your own, or your child’s, best advocate. 

Is there any time that I shouldn’t start making my own blends?

  • During a time of illness or infection, decreased capacity, weight loss, or medical investigations

  • If you are having any issues with the patency of your feeding tube

  • At a time of rapid growth or change in metabolic rate

  • If you require hospitalisation, many hospitals do not support the use of wholefood tube blends because they do meet their strict Food Safety Policy requirements. Please discuss your desire to provide your own wholefood tube blends with your admitting team at least two weeks before admission

  • If you are practically unprepared or under resourced, i.e. don’t have an appropriate food blender

  • If you do not have any knowledge of your nutrition requirements

What do I need to know before I start making my own blends?

  • The nutrition composition of the recipes you wish to use, or your body’s basic needs such as daily energy, carbohydrate, protein and fat requirements (as a minimum)

  • Many liquid and powder broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplements are available. Don’t discount these options as a way to improve the nutrient content of your homemade wholefood blends

  • The daily volume that you, or your child, requires using bolus feeds

  • A clear plan about the timing of your feeds, the starting volume and the frequency with which you will use Wholesome Blends for bolus feeds

  • Food safety basics including how to clean your kitchen, and blender, how to safely handle and store perishable foods, how to get the best use from your freezer and how to thaw frozen blends safely. Many local councils run Food Safety courses, there are also many options available online.

  • How you plan to store your blends should you not wish to make them in bulk and freeze

  • Wholesome Blends are self-stable unopened for 1 year unopened

  • Once opened Wholesome Blends should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours

  • Occasionally there are reports that real food decreases the integrity of feeding tubes, extension sets and buttons. Ensure your feeding accessories are checked before and after every feed, and you clean them according to manufacturers directions

What do I need to get started?

  • Your individualised nutrition plan, and medical clearance

  • Suitable recipes, or Wholesome Blends

  • A feeding tube that is 12 French or larger. Be sure to consider the lumen size at each connection point for all of your feeding tubes and accessories i.e. buttons, balloons and extensions

  • A good quality, high power/industrial strength food blender

  • A good quality sieve

  • Suitable syringes for bolus feeding

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Appropriate storage containers without damage, non-pourous plastic or glass is ideal

  • A system for labelling your containers with date of preparation and name of blend

  • Dish rack to air dry utensils, blender, containers and feeding equipment

  • Separate cutting boards for meat and fruits/vegetables

Are there any foods that shouldn’t be included in my recipes?

There are a few foods that increase the risk of your tube clogging because they do not blend well, the following list is not exhaustive, but intended as a guide:

  • Berries – in particular blackberries, strawberries and blueberries

  • String beans

  • Flax seeds

  • Chia

  • Pasta
  • Hard or old spinach

  • Old, tough mushrooms

  • If citrus or acidic fruit and vegetables are added to milk raw the interaction between molecules can cause the milk to curdle. This can be avoided with cooking

Can I use herbs and spices in my blends?

Absolutely. Herbs and spices can contribute micronutrients, improve absorption of micronutrients and aid digestion.  If you have a sensitive constitution avoid highly spiced recipes that contain onion and garlic powders, chilli, pepper and hot mustards. 

What is the most ideal consistency of a blend?

A smooth puree that will cover a spoon and drip, or thinner than a cake batter.

What are some good additions to thin a blend?

As a rule of thumb always use a nutrient-dense liquid to thin a blend such as good quality fruit or vegetable juice, coconut milk, oil, cream or milks (if you can tolerate them).

What are some good additions to thicken a blend?

  • Avocado

  • Banana

  • Potato

  • Sesame seeds or tahini

  • Almonds (in any form – raw, almond meal or paste)

  • Amarath flour

  • Oats

How do I store my blends?

Unopened, Wholesome Blends can be stored in a dry cool area (pantry) from 12 months of manufacture date. Do not use past the use by date.

To store when opened, reseal and store in the fridge and use within 24 hours of opening.

When will my order be dispatched?

Wholesome Blends is dispatched every Tuesday and Friday. Orders must be in by lunchtime the day before to secure these dispatch times. 

Depending on where you live, most orders will be delivered within 7 days, some rural areas, or addresses within Western Australia may take longer. Please take this into consideration when ordering. Express couriers are available, please contact our team to request this. 

When will more Wholesome Blends be available?
We are working very hard behind the scenes to produce a wide variety of blends to suit the needs of the entire tube-fed community.  We put much thought and care into each recipe from development, and nutrition analysis to production.  Thank you for supporting a small Australian family-owned business.  

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