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    I'm trying (though seemingly unsuccessfully) to turn my kids more primal. They are 6, 4, and 18 months. Among other challenges there is the ever-so-important dessert after dinner dilema. They insist on a cookie, ice cream, chocolate candy, etc. I've tried things like banana ice cream made with cocoa, raisin and walnut balls also mixed up with cocoa, straight up fruit bowls but nothing flies.

    I'd love some advice and suggestions to address their sweet tooth. Thanks!

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    Long before primal, we set up a routine where Monday and Thursday are "ice cream nights", and we usually don't have dessert any other night. Maybe that would be a way to transition them away from the idea that dessert is an every night thing?

    Or simply don't stock ANY of that stuff. It's now 2 months since we've had any white sugar in the house, and I've no intention of buying any more, even though I'm the only one who is intentionally primal in this house. Maybe Toddler Groklet really really liked raccoon pancreas, but when there simply aren't any raccoons around, I can't imagine that the Groklet kept up the whining for it for more than a day or two!
    Liz.

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    • #3
      I recently made these brownies and ate most of them in a few sittings: http://thisprimallife.com/2009/10/pr...5-ingredients/
      They're reasonably sweet and worth a shot since they're super-easy to make.
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      • #4
        Geeze, my parents were "mean." We only got desserts on Saturday night, and it was what mom and dad wanted. I'll be mean to my kids too someday.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lizch View Post
          Long before primal, we set up a routine where Monday and Thursday are "ice cream nights", and we usually don't have dessert any other night. Maybe that would be a way to transition them away from the idea that dessert is an every night thing?

          Or simply don't stock ANY of that stuff. It's now 2 months since we've had any white sugar in the house, and I've no intention of buying any more, even though I'm the only one who is intentionally primal in this house. Maybe Toddler Groklet really really liked raccoon pancreas, but when there simply aren't any raccoons around, I can't imagine that the Groklet kept up the whining for it for more than a day or two!

          I'm working on getting the "junk" out of the house. Much to DS shock I told him once the cookies were gone there would be no more. "Ever??!!?" Ever. Yes, I think reducing the amount of dessert nights would be a good start.


          Originally posted by QuirkyPixy View Post
          I recently made these brownies and ate most of them in a few sittings: http://thisprimallife.com/2009/10/pr...5-ingredients/
          They're reasonably sweet and worth a shot since they're super-easy to make.
          Those sound fantastic! My only concern is parting with that much almond butter at one time. I'm seriously addicted to and very protective (read: selfish) of it. lol

          Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
          Geeze, my parents were "mean." We only got desserts on Saturday night, and it was what mom and dad wanted. I'll be mean to my kids too someday.
          I need to be meaner. Really I do. I'm waaaaayyy too nice. But I'm on a mission to primalize my home and it's gonna take getting meaner.

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          • #6
            I sympathize with you, I'm primalizing my kids too. Can you "run out" of desserts? What if you just don't have that stuff in the house anymore, and instead offer something like fruit with whipped cream?

            Prior to this summer, we used to have a scoop of ice cream every evening. I decided that we wouldn't buy ice cream unless my favorite brand was on sale. Then I would forget to check at the store for it to be on sale. I'd apologize and tell them they could have something else. So in the quest for sweet, they would concede to slightly sweetened whipped cream and berries. After a while of that, I got lazy and they could just have straight berries and cream. My older two are fine with this. The younger one hates it, but he won't die if he doesn't eat a dessert. The older kids like cream over frozen berries which they now claim is just like ice cream. If I had gone from straight ice cream to berries and cream they would have flipped out, but the gradual approach worked well in our family.

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            • #7
              We don't do dessert but I sometimes make an apple crisp as a treat. I use butter and almond meal with a little sugar and cinnamon for the topping. It's not primal because of the sugar but it's also not that bad. I would try to work it down to a not every night kinda thing and then go from there.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by alydar View Post
                I'm trying (though seemingly unsuccessfully) to turn my kids more primal. They are 6, 4, and 18 months. Among other challenges there is the ever-so-important dessert after dinner dilema. They insist on a cookie, ice cream, chocolate candy, etc. I've tried things like banana ice cream made with cocoa, raisin and walnut balls also mixed up with cocoa, straight up fruit bowls but nothing flies.

                I'd love some advice and suggestions to address their sweet tooth. Thanks!
                You're the parent. Tell them "It's banana ice cream, or it's no dessert." Then when they cry, put them in their rooms. They are children, for crying out loud - exercise your authority as a parent. (And then have the banana ice cream yourself.)
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Griff View Post
                  You're the parent. Tell them "It's banana ice cream, or it's no dessert." Then when they cry, put them in their rooms. They are children, for crying out loud - exercise your authority as a parent. (And then have the banana ice cream yourself.)
                  Parenting just sounds so darned easy in theory!

                  Curious if you have any kids?
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                  Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lizch View Post
                    Parenting just sounds so darned easy in theory!

                    Curious if you have any kids?
                    Never mind...checked your profile and saw the mention of the 2 tweenagers. In which case, your advice is entirely reasonable
                    Liz.

                    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
                    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lizch View Post
                      Parenting just sounds so darned easy in theory!

                      Curious if you have any kids?
                      As a matter of fact, yes. I have two daughters in their tweens. And when they were small I was a real hardass about what they could and could not eat. Now they're old enough to make their own decisions, mistakes, and successes - and I support them in it.
                      Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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                      Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

                      My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lizch View Post
                        Never mind...checked your profile and saw the mention of the 2 tweenagers. In which case, your advice is entirely reasonable
                        Lizch - I wish you would reconsider the idea that advice about children is only valid and is automatically valid if it comes from a parent. Why is Griffs advice suddenly reasonable because he has kids? It's the same message either way, isn't it?
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                        • #13
                          I don't let my kids have dessert every night either, it was always a special treat when I was growing up. Their favourite dessert now though is quite primal. They have a chopped up banana topped with a dollop of heavy cream and 'coconut-crumble' which is something I got from the Eat Fat, Lose Fat book, you stir a little maple syrup into desiccated coconut and then bake it in a low oven till it's dry again. It keeps for ages in a container in the cupboard and a little sprinkled over anything makes it a bit special.
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                          • #14
                            http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/chocola...fle_torte.html
                            There is a lot of recipes on this site that are kid friendly

                            cooks seems to use splenda in all the recipes I just change to stevia or honey maple syp.
                            see bottom of page when it opens for recipe link
                            Last edited by Eatmydust; 10-21-2010, 06:28 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Children do not need dessert. My parents never make dessert for after dinner and I'm holding up just fine...
                              Remember, you are unique just like everybody else.

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