We don't really carb-up the kids delibratly, however, the 4 year old eats a LOT of fruit, and I mean A FREAKING LOT, She has been know to have 4 peices before breakfast. We usally buy a kilo of bananas, a bag of apples, a bag of oranges and 1 or 2 other bags of fruit or double up on the apples. Me and the Mrs rarely (never most weeks) eat fruit yet it all goes very quickly.
She also eats quite a lot of cashew nuts, and dried fruit, which for me are a bit carby, but fine for active skinny ass little ones.
White rice and white potatoes are perfectly 'safe' straight cheap carbs to bulk up meals cheaply for little ones as long as they are getting all their veggies too.
We also eat a lot of root veggies, for example of cottage pie will have parnsips, carrots and sometimes sweed in the mix and we'll do a sweet potatoe mash for the top, or if we have roast chicken portions I'll do a massive tray of roasted carrots, parnsips and anything else we've got in, along with leeks, broccoli, cauli, sprouts, onions (really what-ever is in the fridge/veggie basket)
The little one also LOVES crips a massive ammount, and though they are not optimal we do get her a pack of salt your own every week from, really it's only a bit of sunflower oil and potatoes, there are worse things)
She also has a mug of warm milk with camonile tea, honey and vannilla every night before bed, so there's sugar there too, and we get a carton of fruit jucie most weeks so she has that watered down too.
So she gets plenty of carbs and natural sugars as part of her diet, eats the same main meals as us and is still full of beans and lean and healthy
Hope that helps in some way.
ETA: in response to your orginal question, yes you only need to reduce healthy carbs/starces if you are trying to lose weight (it's a bit more complicated than that for further reading see this entire forum and posts by chocotaco arguing for carbs )
I would argue that the Standard UK diet of several servings of whole grains is nutitionally lacking for anyone compared to a primal diet of tons of veggies, healthy fat and tasty aminals, and white flour and refined sugar need to be off the menu 99% of the time for everyone.
Last edited by Tribal Rob; 12-14-2012 at 12:46 AM.
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