Here is the problem: my kids are allergic to nuts, seeds and egg white. Where do I start, what sort of foods should I feed them to get them into primal etc?
They are 4 years old (twins) and extremely addicted to things like pasta, toast and butter.
They will eat sausages ( local butcher makes his own from grass-fed beef) and meat-balls (homemade, no flour). They will eat steak if it is very tender- but only with commercial ketchup on top.
Fruit and veggies are hard work but I'm slowly getting there.
Nice, some great ideas there! I think I need to empty the pantry of their staples like crackers and bread and pasta, and it should be easier? My kids would def have rice, they are on the smaller side and I don't want them to get any skinnier.
Today their lunch was Greek yogurt with homemade stewed apples, cinnamon and a spoon of coconut butter melted in. But I'll really need to ensure my house is stocked up on meats that are kid-friendly.
You could always make homemade ketchup and just bottle it in the 'commercial bottle' - Make it sweet the first round then you can start cutting back the honey or such in it.. if it is gradual enough and their taste are changing I be they wont notice I know my grandma has been one to do these type things with me when I was younger and it worked. She also snuck liver and carrots into meatloaf, molasses instead of sugar into banana bread or cookies ect.
Just as an aside, you don't need to restrict paleo carbs with kids - the only reason to do that is for blood sugar control really for those who have problems in that area, as long as they're getting plenty of nutritious stuff besides. And of course, being brought up like that, the likelihood is they'll never have problems with blood sugar
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how about a nice soup with bone broth? My kids both go for chicken soup, made with rice and regular potatoes for a carb boost.
I am liberal with them about bacon, avocado, and whole milk yogurt (for the non dairy sensitive kid).
I keep lots of fresh veggies and fruits around for snacks, especially bananas and sweet peppers.
Another easy anytime meal base is baked sweet potatoes, blend in cuisinart with coconut oil and almondmilk (for the nondairy kid) or butter and heavy cream. Freeze in individual portions, and pop in the micro for an easy breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner base.
Both of my kids love steak, or hamburgers, so we keep those around.
Other easy dishes:
Rice, meatballs, and tomato sauce. Could make this into stuffed peppers if they would go for it.
Shepherds pie. I use potato, parsnip, and cauliflower for the crust, hamburger, peas, carrots for the base.
I would just slowly stop buying the pasta and bread and replace it with meals that don't have grains.
Make an Italian meat sauce and then serve it over veggies or cauliflower rice. When you serve dinner, just say "We're all out of pasta today so we are having XYZ instead."
With kids, if you can take the grains out of their diet, or minimize it, then your 80% to Primal already. The next step is reducing sugar. One day I just stopped buying juice and haven't looked back. They haven't missed it. We rarely have candy or other stuff, so it's been a pretty simple transition around here. Although I've never made it complete. My kids still eat brown rice bread or Ezekiel bread for breakfast and so does my dh. That's the one thing they would protest.
I'm amazed at how well they have adapted in the last 10 days. They are happily eating fruits and don't complain about not getting biscuits!