Don't feed them junk food but don't limit their carbs either. Kids need carbs to grow. Give them plenty of fruits and starchy vegetables. I don't think kids will complain too much about eating baked potatoes with cheese and bacon.
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I don't limit my 4yo's carb intake. She loves her fruits & veggies! Usually at dinner I just make her eat the meat we're having, as she's often had her full serving of primal carbs during the day.
You can feed them sweet potato everyday if you like. Mine unfortunately don't care for spuds, so they eat more fruit instead. They eat fruit, eggs, meat, and raw dairy primarily. I wish they would eat more potato....not not even with bacon and cheese on it (would save on the budget). Course we just kinda let our kids eat as much of primal items as they like....they are self limiting anyhow. I wouldn't worry about macros as long as they seem to be thriving (growing) then they are getting enough calories...regardless of carb load.
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I'm still confused about a lot of stuff that i'll need to create a new post about but for now, here are a couple of dinners that i've been successful with:
Courgette spagetti (made using julienne peeler) bolognaise.
Fish pie (sweet pot/carrot mash) with veg.
Slow cooker - braising steak or lamb leg stew then use left-overs in korma style curry
Roast chicken, cauliflower cheese, roast butternut squash
Roast pork belly with greens
If you are looking for actual dinner ideas, there are lots of bloggers out there address meals. The one that comes to find for me is nomnompaleo. She does paleo not primal, but it's similar and she has 2 kids so you might get some ideas there! Plus her stuff is pretty easy to read and she has quite a few recipes on there.
2. I'm super happy to hear you say this! I can only get my kids to eat minimal veggies.
6yr old: loves raw carrots, will eat cilantro/mushrooms/zucchini in burgers, and will eat tomatoes in chili
3yr old: enjoys broccoli, will eat burgers with the above as long as I cut them tiny enough, likes spuds and rutabaga fries
Other than that, they eat a ton of fruit! I was worried I'd really "harm" them by them not eating enough vegetables. But I understand their palates aren't as developed as older children/adults.
Actually, they enjoy spinach artichoke dip too, so I guess I'm not doing too bad!
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Thanks for ideas. We were already eating gluten and dairy free before finding this site, so the kids were already used to eating differently to others but...we did eat gluten free versions of things bread, pasta etc. I think my main problem is filling them up. As that is what the pasta/rice/porridge part of the meals did.
They just seem to be much more hungrey now, but I think the best advice I can get from this thread is more 'mashes' and let them have more fruit.
It has just got a lot colder here too, so maybe that is part of the problem?
I find I'm less hungrey/craving things eating this way, so confused as to why it seems to be working in the opposite way for the kids!!
What about a small portion of soup to warm them up and crudites with guacamole dip or similar usually appeal to kids, might be good for an after school snack to keep them warm? Milkshakes with an added egg?
How is their fat intake?
For adults, it's the fat that staves off hunger between meals; it's probably the same for kids. And kids need lots of fat to grow the little brains.
Are you allowing clarified butter or ghee? Those are now generally interpreted as non-dairy, but that's an individual choice.
How about coconut oil? Olive oil? Fatty chicken pieces like wings/thighs? Fatty fish?
Guacamole is good, egg yolk is good.
5'0" female, 43 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Current weight: skinny-fat 106.5 lbs because of sugar cheating.
MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I aim for 80-90 g carb/day and advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.