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    My 21 month old daughter asks for bread constantly. We're staying with my family now, they eat bread, and feed it to her as well. Bread makes her constipated sometimes, so I try to limit it as much as I could. But she asks for it when she's hungry, and bread is considered healthy enough.

    I always offer rice or her favorite fruits (bananas, pears) and vegetable (carrot), but she often turns them down and insists on bread.

    The bread they buy from the store has a long list of ingredients that include margarine. Should I just bake bread for her? Or try something else?

    My daughter spends quite a bit of time with my family, as both my husband and I work.

  • #2
    You cant buy her a decent bread from either a local bakery or a coop?

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    • #3
      Just because she asks for bread all the time doesn't mean you have to feed it to her all the time. She's a toddler and you're the mom. It should be part of her diet at most, not most of her diet.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
        Just because she asks for bread all the time doesn't mean you have to feed it to her all the time. She's a toddler and you're the mom. It should be part of her diet at most, not most of her diet.
        I agree. If she's hungry enough, she'll eat what you're serving. If absolutely necessary, there are gluten free breads you could buy/bake. My 2 and 4yo are quite happy wrapping lunch meat around cheese though, barely miss the bread.

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        • #5
          I just made this bread with rendered bacon fat instead of coconut oil and it was great!
          Paleo Bread Recipe - Health Extremist

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Zach View Post
            You cant buy her a decent bread from either a local bakery or a coop?
            This bread is already from a local bakery...no coops here. But I will look around more.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
              Just because she asks for bread all the time doesn't mean you have to feed it to her all the time. She's a toddler and you're the mom. It should be part of her diet at most, not most of her diet.
              I usually don't feed it to her, it's my family members (her grandmother and aunts) that do. She does eat other foods, mostly white rice, veggies, eat, fish whenever we eat them.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                I agree. If she's hungry enough, she'll eat what you're serving. If absolutely necessary, there are gluten free breads you could buy/bake. My 2 and 4yo are quite happy wrapping lunch meat around cheese though, barely miss the bread.
                You know, that's what I thought as well, but when she asks for something in particular, she will not put anything else in her mouth. I tried butter and cheese, but she refuses those. She just wants plain bread.

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                • #9
                  Eh, if you are feeding her nutrient dense foods 80% of the time then some bread with questionable ingredients certainly is not a huge issue.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Zach View Post
                    Eh, if you are feeding her nutrient dense foods 80% of the time then some bread with questionable ingredients certainly is not a huge issue.
                    The question is...why is it necessary? It's void of nutrition and has questionable side effects on overall health.

                    The proper answer here is to stop feeding her bread, period. There is no nutrition requirement for bread. There's no reason to feed a child bread.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The Rebooted Body View Post
                      The question is...why is it necessary? It's void of nutrition and has questionable side effects on overall health.

                      The proper answer here is to stop feeding her bread, period. There is no nutrition requirement for bread. There's no reason to feed a child bread.
                      Ugh to the max! How about because bread tastes good? If you want to be a neurotic parent who starts their child off with a great big food complex then go ahead and eliminate all grains. Or you can except that bread is a part of our culture and your kid is going to eat it whether you have a food phobia or not.

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                      • #12
                        I would just make the kid a Norwegian style open faced sandwich. Get a loaf of organic, European, Artisanal style bakery bread. Then smear one slice with a pat of grass-fed butter. Top with sliced Danish salami, Jarlsberg cheese, bell pepper &/or cucumber slices.

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                        • #13
                          I'm going to side with Zach here. Barring celiac or serious allergies, I just don't see a reason to make a big fuss over the bread. If you can't find one without lots of extra stuff (especially seed oils) then it might be worth it to make your own (this would also allow you to throw in some quinoa flour or similar). Will she eat sourdough? Some folks think that's better. I have also seen arguments that white bread is better than whole wheat (in the same way that white rice is better than brown--fewer antinutrients). But a mix is fine, or whatever she likes best.

                          I think people are missing out on the OP's point that the child is often with other family members who are not primal. Better and healthier for everyone to keep the food issues relaxed, IMO, and maintain happy, stress-free family relationships.

                          One thing that might be helpful is having a tray of snacks (lots of choices in a muffin tin, for instance) available for your child. That way she can help herself and might choose to eat something handy (and primal) instead of waiting 'til she's hungry and has already decided that only bread will do.

                          I also would not even try to offer alternatives if she has asked for bread--just give it to her. She may have already divined that people are going to be difficult if she asks for bread and she may be digging in her heels right from the start. If you can remove any stress about the issue, you can avoid making her desire for bread part of her personal campaign to demonstrate her autonomy : )

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SuBee View Post
                            I'm going to side with Zach here. Barring celiac or serious allergies, I just don't see a reason to make a big fuss over the bread. If you can't find one without lots of extra stuff (especially seed oils) then it might be worth it to make your own (this would also allow you to throw in some quinoa flour or similar). Will she eat sourdough? Some folks think that's better. I have also seen arguments that white bread is better than whole wheat (in the same way that white rice is better than brown--fewer antinutrients). But a mix is fine, or whatever she likes best.
                            The child eats little but bread. When she is hungry, she demands bread and refuses anything else.

                            Constipation can be a symptom of celiac, though it is unlikely that this is the case. However, an intolerance hasn't been ruled out by anything in the original post.

                            I think people are missing out on the OP's point that the child is often with other family members who are not primal. Better and healthier for everyone to keep the food issues relaxed, IMO, and maintain happy, stress-free family relationships.
                            Again, the child eats little or nothing but bread. You are recommending that hkgirl sacrifice her child's health because the family prefers to feed her nothing but bread. I don't think keeping peace with the family is worth abandoning the idea of sane nutrition.

                            I also would not even try to offer alternatives if she has asked for bread--just give it to her. She may have already divined that people are going to be difficult if she asks for bread and she may be digging in her heels right from the start.
                            It doesn't sound like anybody's being difficult at all about the fact that she wants to eat nothing but bread. It sounds like she is being permitted to choose to eat only bread. In fact, she's learned that if she demands a certain food, adults will provide it for her as much whenever and as much as she wants. This will, if anything, be harder to unlearn later.

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                            • #15
                              She is at an awkward age, and I agree with giving it to her but I would explain and respectfully request that relatives do not give her anything but "good" bread, explaining that given that is all she wants to eat it needs to be as nutritional as possible. Hopefully they will understand and respect your wishes. You may have to buy it first and pop it in their freezers though to make it easy and accessible. Maybe a sprouted one? or the like. This phase will pass. My Granddaughter has just been through it, and yes, she would starve and scream rather than eat what you wanted her to eat. She will eat anything now though. Phew!!!! she is now 3.
                              Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
                              Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
                              Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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