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    Although I have been eating primally for over a year my kids are still fairly attached to cereals and bread, especially breakfast and lunches. I have 2 weeks holiday coming up and have accepted a challenge from my wife to take over all the household cooking and try and convert them to something healthier. They are 6, 5 and 3 and each one has there own well defended likes and dislikes! Whatever we switch them to though needs to be sustainable from a time and cost perspective after I go back to work. Any advice or failsafe recipes for younger kids?

  • #2
    Do a meal plan before you leave so you aren't trying to think on your feet or have discussions about meals in front of the kids.
    Don't forget you can use the 80/20 rule for things like fish fingers, sausages, burgers, crisps, icecream and other holiday foods.
    Replace pasta with rice - one of my kid's favorites when they were young was mince, rice, peas and cheese.
    Just don't mention bread in front of them and they won't even think about it.
    Don't expect complete success, you are on holiday.
    Don't sweat the small stuff and take jelly and have FUN !
    Last edited by alisoncapricorn; 03-13-2014, 02:56 PM. Reason: .

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    • #3
      Honestly for kids that young I would try to break the idea of breakfast foods all together. Try introducing veggies for breakfast with some good protein and fat. Poached or sunny side up eggs over spinach with some avocado, and some berries on the side. Make omelets or frittatas with leftovers from dinner. Meatloaf is great the next day. Stop trying to think of breakfast foods and just think of dinners and lunches and add that to your breakfast routine. If the kids are really used to sweet stuff in the mornings, stick with the fruits and slowly add in more protein and fat options.

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      • #4
        I would really try to focus and prioritize for the long haul. For example, focus on breakfast, or gluten elimination, or something concrete.

        I really do admire you and encourage you. I have three teenagers and all bets are off for getting them to listen to anything.

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        Last edited by miata; 03-13-2014, 06:00 PM.

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        • #5
          I've been trying to reduce the amount of gluten. So rice puffs and porridge (I know not primal)
          Miss 6 will ask for fried eggs (no bread/toast) miss 10 sometimes asked for omletes (with tomato and cheese).
          Miss 8 has been the hardest, not liking bacon or eggs :/

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          • #6
            Try some of these. They might help a little. Remember to keep food fun or they might rebel.

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            • #7
              First off I wouldn't announce that you are changing their diet. I would think that gluten free is more important than perfect paleo, so substituting rice pasta for wheat pasta is a good option. There are lots of good recipes and premixed gluten free flours available so you could make some baked goods in advance and freeze them. My son had blueberry GF muffins this morning and they didn't seem any different form muffins made with wheat. I used a standard recipe and just substituted GF flour mix.

              I like to give protein, fruit and veggies first and then if more is wanted then consider the options I mentioned above. Since the kids have different preferences you could just set out a platter of assorted items and let them choose what they want. Some of the things adults avoid like potatoes, fruit, extra fat or nuts are actually better for kids.
              Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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              • #8
                you could just set out a platter of assorted items and let them choose what they want. Some of the things adults avoid like potatoes, fruit, extra fat or nuts are actually better for kids.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the advice.

                  Think I will go down the assorted items option for the first few days and see what goes down best. Probably take the older 2 to do the shopping and get them to involved in the choices too - especially for school packed lunches as needs to be something they will eat.

                  Doeasn't start for a couple of weeks so will let you know how it goes.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AndyHolder View Post
                    Thanks for the advice.

                    Think I will go down the assorted items option for the first few days and see what goes down best. Probably take the older 2 to do the shopping and get them to involved in the choices too - especially for school packed lunches as needs to be something they will eat.

                    Doeasn't start for a couple of weeks so will let you know how it goes.
                    Please report back. A lot of us are still trying to figure out works. I'm learning more and more about what doesn't.

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                    • #11
                      I know with my teenagers,I didn't tell them we were switching up our diet. I just let them eat through the remaining bread and cereal and just didn't buy anymore. After that I started teaching them why we cooked certain things and used certain oils, only after they got used to that did we start talking about foods you don't eat and why. That way they didn't feel like they were being deprived of bread, pasta, etc but instead they got to add new food to their diet. Worked pretty well. Definitely helps that I've always had pretty tight control on what types of food were allowed in the house. Junk food has always been an out of the house, special occasion type of thing.

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                      • #12
                        Don't discount Rice Chex. It is a good transition cereal. If they like hot cereal, get some Cream of Rice.

                        Make some paleo 'granola'(nuts and seeds), and use some of it to make 'granola' bars.

                        Ditto paleo pancakes, crepes, and waffles.

                        Don't be afraid of eating 'sweet' in the transition. It is better for them to slather on some jam or syrup as they get used to the different taste of non-grain substitutes, than to have them balk.

                        Have plenty of good fats available. When they are coming off of grain/sugar cravings, fat can help them feel full, so that they don't complain that the food doesn't satisfy. Nut butters(and yes, even peanut butter, it is not the worst thing), guacamole, cheeses, cream.

                        Bacon!!!

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                        • #13
                          What I did with my kids, and they have adjusted. They r 14,7,3. I told them once the cereal was gone that was it. And that was it. Have never brought back in the house. They weren't happy. But stopped asking. Then my focus was no gluten. So I do make a weeks worth of almond flour waffles once a week and that's what they eat for breakfast or eggs. The waffles r great. I use one box of King Arthur pancake mix + 2 recipes of waffles that I sub almond flour for the regular flour + a tbsp or 2 of coconut flour. They r awesome. But I found it very hard to try and sometimes allow cereal or have them agree. The easiest was just to remove it. I rarely have any crap in the house. About once a month I will buy gluten free pretzels for them. When I got rid of the cereal I also quit the goldfish too. They don't even ask.

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                          • #14
                            So my 14 year old stopped eating breakfast bc she wanted cereal. That's fine. She hasn't withered away and died. So all is good. She eats when hungry is my theory.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lewlew View Post
                              So my 14 year old stopped eating breakfast bc she wanted cereal. That's fine. She hasn't withered away and died. So all is good. She eats when hungry is my theory.
                              Tell her she is "intermittent fasting" -- and how healthy that is. That will make her want to eat anything to defy you -- and least that is why my 14 year would do :-).

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