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  • What Are Your Children Eating?

    I apologize if this has already been discussed, but I couldn't find it in the forum...

    With all the talk about what we are eating, I thought it would be entertaining to see what we are all feeding out children. I can understand that not all partners are buying into the primal/paleo/low carb/real food lifestyle, and I can see how that could be some cause for trouble in the kitchen in some homes.

    In our house, I am the one responsible for planning, shopping and preparing all of our meals (yes, a man who loves to plan, shop and cook food!) so we have been following a mostly primal eating plan for the girls, however there are times when it is just easier to keep them from screaming (I have 14 month old twins!) by passing them something that is not on my list.

    So here's my question for all of the primal parents...what are you feeding your children?

    I will give you an example of today's meal plan for my children:

    Breakfast: Whole Milk, Half Banana, Half Avocado, Berries (Blueberry, Black Berry, Raspberry), and full fat greek yogurt with some oatmeal, raisins & cinnamon mixed in and 1/2 piece organic (no preservatives) whole wheat bread.

    Snack: 1/2 avocado, whole milk

    Lunch: Remaining yogurt/oats/raisins, couple pieces of sausage, Whole Milk, More berries, Cheese if still hungry

    Snack: Share a lara bar, whole milk

    Dinner: Steamed veggies, whole milk, pieces of mom and dad's paleo burger, cheese

    This is not our menu each day, however many of the ingredients are repeated such as banana, berries, avocado, milk, yogurt, and we also add in beans, some soup, fish, and we keep trying chicken but with no luck.

    I would love to hear about what your kids are eating.

  • #2
    I'm pretty lucky that my son will eat whatever I'm eating. Most diners we eat lamb or chicken thighs, broccoli and carrots mashed in with a potato or yam.. he snacks on larabars, nuts and raisons, cheese, hard boiled eggs and sausage, hummus and cabbage or other veggies. I still give him macaroni and cheese once in a while, the odd peanut butter and jam sandwich (sans crust).. but 80% of the time it's pretty good food.

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    • #3
      My kids 6,3, and 2 year old boys eat beef like a pack of wolves. They also love bacon, chicken, and will eat some fish. They do pretty good with most veggies, love berries, and eat some apples and other assorted fruit. My wife and kids do eat some rice, and pasta, but not too bad. I'm not sure what I did with my 6year old, but that kid will not touch any liquid besides water and will not eat any cake/candy anything like that. When people offer it to him he will always politly say "No Thank you." He has never even tasted any kind of soda, or juice, and its all by his choice......Makes me so proud.

      They also eat lots of eggs, and some dairy.

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      • #4
        That's pretty cool, Brad. Mine loves soda and is always asking for it despite the fact that she gets less than one a month. Her dinners have gone primal, and I am pretty proud of her going along with the program. She likes eggs in the morning, but frequently, like today, will opt for a bagel and cream cheese. Oh well, I am new to this. She is 11. I don't think it would be productive to enforce food restrictions cold turkey after a decade of bad choices. She doesn't eat lunch at school. She'll pack a little fruit and she is happy with that, doesn't want to waste time in the cafeteria, which she finds disgusting. After school she is looking to carb up with a sandwich or pasta or ice cream or such. This is my current challenge. If I can make that "meal" she has primal, she'll be at 80%.

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        • #5
          Hi, I have twin girls too, they're 25 months old. This is a great age because they are not too set in their food ways yet so I'm trying to get them eating as paleo as I can and it's not that hard. They love all meat, all veggies, all fruit and go crazy for nuts and seeds. Of course they love cookies, crackers, pancakes and other SAD stuff too (I'm only a few months into this primal thing so most of their lives they have eaten healthy and minimally processed food but plenty of grains, tofu and such)
          I've been thinking a lot about whether I think it's necessary for them to eat paleo or not and for now I'm not doing it with them. I try to feed them more to WAPF guidelines. Plenty of fat, and protein, low on the grain foods compared to most kids. Here's a typical day of eating for them:

          B: scrambled eggs and sausage, OR Oatmeal with heavy cream and watered down juice. Probiotic most days.

          L: PB&J on whole wheat or organic chicken nuggets and tater tots and milk. They dont eat a lot at lunch, the bulk of their calories come from breakfast and dinner.

          S: Fruit, avocado, dried fruits, small nuts, seeds. This is where I usually sneak in a little OJ with CLO in it.

          D: plenty of veggies, they eat them all and plenty of meat and sometimes more milk. They both love steak, barbeque chicken, italian sausage, pork chops, burgers. Sometimes they eat more between the two of them than me alone! Sometimes they get a small side of pasta or rice with what I've made but most days it's primal.

          We don't do dessert but when they are older and stay up later I think we will do fruit salad or something.

          It's still a work in progress, I'm always reevaluating what I feed them but for now this works.
          Hope this helps!

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          • #6
            Grol,

            How about berries and cottage cheese or whole milk ricotta cheese? Or fruit covered in heavy cream?
            It is sad that the measuring stick of our progress is the speed by which we distance ourselves from the natural world. Even sadder is that we will only see this when there is no nature left to save.

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            • #7
              I'm glad to see others talking about this.

              So far so good with my 20 month girl. We have same meals, and she's not too bad at veggies and fruit, and loves her meat. Some days though she just craves carbs (I just started with PB) and if we're out, she'll have some. Otherwise I give her a snack of cheese or meat or fruit and she's usually good. We still do dairy, and I can't see that changing for her. I'm trying to limit her grains, knowing that at daycare and out with my MIL she will still have grains and that, but I can limit it at home.

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              • #8
                Thanks mjo. She'll nix the cottage and riccota cheeses. She'd want the heavy cream whipped and sweetened, but you may be on to something with that idea. Still, I want to reduce her fruit intake and this thread has me thinking a little harder about this. Since she basically skips lunch this is her biggest meal and it happens between 2:30 and 3. If I can get on top of this and actually have something prepared for her a little more substantial, I'm sure she would love it. Some roasted chicken and mashed cauliflower would make her day. I just need to get on it. A few strips of homemade jerky and some broccoli dipped in hollandaise would also work. Thanks for the thread kmac. I needed it.

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                • #9
                  Grol,

                  I can understand that shifting cold turkey can be worry some. I read about a few families who did with children the same age as yours. They had the typical week of push back and eventually they realized that mom and dad were serious, so eventually they had to eat. Over a period of a couple years they watched their overweight/unhealthy kids grow into vibrant/healthy teens who had increased grades along with their improved health. Having said that, there is also some peace in taking it one step at a time and working towards decreasing the availability of the "forbidden" foods and replacing them with wonderful tasting snacks and meals that the kids will fight over!

                  The Real Food idea works well. As long as you are feeding them food, and not food like products, then you should be on your way.

                  I agree with mjoshuahill, that berries and cottage cheese, or the ricotta cheese and my favorite fruit in cream can be great choices for your kids when they return home from school. Adding a few nuts to those snacks works well, and topping with cinnamon helps to improve taste as well.

                  How about apple and almond butter, or even berries with whipped cream. Kids love that. Just don't put the icing sugar in the cream, but you can still add vanilla and top with cinnamon.

                  Katie,

                  Keeping with the WAPF guidelines will help your kids to be much healthier than following the SAD guidelines! Looks like you are doing a great job.

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                  • #10
                    My son is 15 months old.
                    Breakfast: bacon or sausage with veggies and
                    Snack: fruit or meat chunks like diced ham or chicken
                    lunch: some sort of meat with veggies like sweet potatoes or broccoli or cauliflower sometimes carrots, maybe some fruit.
                    Snack: fruit, grapes, strawberries or oranges, pork rinds
                    Dinner: beef, chicken, pork or fish he likes them all he even eats sardines, with chopped salad veggies, cheese, olives, pork rinds and guacamole or salsa.
                    sometimes he wont eat his afternoon fruit so he gets that after dinner if he wants it. All he will drink is water or plain sun tea that I make for my husband and I. He gets hives when he eats any grain or chicken eggs so he can't eat those. He also like beef jerky when I make it from home. A few weeks ago he ate nothing but strawberries and grapes but now hes eating lots of stuff again.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks again kmac. My kid is already health conscious just from watching her dad struggle with weight and sincerely try to eat better several times during her life. Of course, I have yo yo dieted and failed every time, but she has learned from listening and knowing my struggles. She's a runner, one of the more athletic kids in her class, with a pudgy soft belly, but that's serious nitpicking. There's no sign of childhood obesity with her despite the obesity among the family's adults. She is also constantly reprimanding other kids for their bad eating habits; something other parents compliment fat ol' me for. My mom used to criticize her long before I ever considered low carbing because she will not eat bread with a meal, only in a sandwich. She now loves her burgers wrapped in romaine. I think I got this. I just need to get that after school replacement-meal-for-skipping-lunch something hearty and healthy and my kid will be almost as primal as me. The only meal that would then require your "cold turkey" advice would be breakfast and we're already half way there as she does love scambled eggs, bacon and a little fruit as much as anything else.

                      I'm feeling good about this.

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                      • #12
                        Ah, there is another hurdle. She's pretty active with extracurricular stuff and that often lends itself to eating out, or eating at someone else's house. I've hated fast food for most of her life, not mine, so she's knows better, but what's she to do when the bus stops at Wendy's? I think summer is coming just in time. I'll have two and a half months to program her. She's watching me with a bit of a jaundiced eye at the moment. Year's ago she was my motivation for kicking smokes. Now she'll be my motivation for eating right.

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                        • #13
                          Great thread. Lots of parents of twins on this forum!! My kids are a bit older (14, 7, 5,5) and set in their ways more than toddlers are, but we are weaning them away from sugar cereals, sandwiches etc. Instead of noodles in their spaghetti, I use cut green beans ... we rarely offer rice or potatoes with dinner anymore, and they don't seem to miss it. They have really gotten in to reading nutrition labels and are horrified when they find anything with polyunsaturated fat or a lot of sugar in it

                          They want to go to Burger King tonight (DH has to work late, so I want to get them out of the house for a bit). I think I will show them the nutrition website and see if they change their minds

                          Nowadays a typical menu might be:
                          Breakfast - scrambled eggs and sausage
                          Lunch - PBJ, ham and cheese, or grilled cheese, or leftovers from dinner
                          Snack - dried or fresh fruit, slice of cheese
                          Dinner - any kind of meat, salad or non-starchy veggies.
                          Dessert - they love ice cream but I've always served it in ramikens so they are used to small portions. We used to do a lot of baking but not so much anymore and they don't seem to miss it...

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                          • #14
                            My kids are going more primal every day. They already love primal foods, and we're phasing out stuff we don't want them to have. My son is so darn sensitive to so much that triggers his ADHD, so he's getting reined in quickly. Already seeing improvement. They get meat, eggs, most veg, root veg in small portions occasionally, LC fruits, full-fat dairy, dark chocolate, nuts/seeds.
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                            • #15
                              Grol,

                              I think it all comes down to leading by example. I can only speak from watching my friends and family. Those who have poor lifestyle and nutritional habits themselves, generally raise children who will follow. Those who read labels, exercise, read about nutrition, look for new recipes and so on, will generally have children who have similar habits. Those who are extreme, generally have children who go in the opposite direction (this is important!)

                              When my students who are struggling with their health come to me for help, I always ask about their home life, what their parents do for a living, what they eat, do they eat as a family and so on. Those who have been pushed for years are those who push back or who have 'issues' with their view of food. For example, I was talking to a girl just the other day. She has lost a bunch of weight, but in the process her parents took her to a dietitian who told the girl who already had negative issues around food and exercise to eat a calorie restricted diet in order to lose the weight. She is an extremely active athlete! She needs to nourish her body, not starve it. I listened to everything she told me and then talked to her about nourishing her body with real food so that she would eventually begin to feel better and eventually learn to love food as something that nourishes our bodies.

                              I have a number of other examples, many that are disturbing but I am blabbing.

                              I think the best thing to do is to help your children to learn to appreciate food rather than to fear it, and to not live a "perfect" life. Go to Wendy's with her once in a while and let her order what she wants, and order something that you feel fits within the boundaries of your preferred diet. Example: Order a salad, burger and baked potato. Ditch half or all of the bun, eat the meat & veggies, use some of the dressing, and top the potato with sour cream, butter and guacamole if they have it. Your daughter will see what you are doing and she may eventually do the same. If you go to Wendy's preaching to her about how terrible fast food joints are, she will not enjoy the process and she won't learn anything.

                              I know a family who did this. When we took their son on a school trip, I was very impressed with how he ate over the weekend compared with the other students. We went to a place with a choice of a donut shop, McDonalds, or following me to a family restaurant. He choose the restaurant. He and I enjoyed a nice meal and had a great conversation. My guess is that if his parents didn't shape this behavior for him, he would have made an alternative choice.

                              Sorry for the long post, but I think this deserves a full blog post over at my blog, so stay tuned and I will elaborate in the future.

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