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    Toddler Friendly Primal Snacks

    So I'm new to the primal lifestyle, and I'm struggling to get my 4 year old to try anything that's not goldfish crackers or cheerios for snacks. He's pretty good at eating fruit and eggs, and the only veggie he will eat right now is spinach. So does anyone have some proven kid-friendly recipes for snacks ("diaper bag friendly") and meals that are toddler approved? I have tried some recipes from the Wheat Belly Cookbook and from the Primal Quick and Easy Meals, but he looks at it and says the standard "i don't like that". And he has gone to bed hungry before, so I'm not a total pushover. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks

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    Larabars would be good for diaper bag, as well as homemade trail mix. This is kinda terrible, but my 4yo LOVES the cheddar filled lil smokies (consider them part of her 20% lol)
    Also Greek yogurt.
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    He doesn't have to like it. He just has to eat it. And if he's truly hungry he will.

    With all the snacking kids are programmed to do these days it's no wonder they're never hungry enough to eat less appealing (aka - real) foods.
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    Meatballs with veggies in them always go over well.
    My kid has developed a real love for olives now, demands them.

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    My 4yo (almost 5) has been Primal with me for over a year, so she's come around a lot. Here's a list of what I keep around for snacks and her breakfast/lunch boxes for pre-K:

    Mini Larabars are expensive but reliably eaten.
    Baby carrots
    Mini sweet peppers (tri color, she doesn't like green)
    Cucumbers, especially the small Persian ones with the thin skin
    Not exactly Primal, but we buy Crunchmaster GF crackers occasionally.
    String cheese or Babybel cheese
    Rolled up lunch meat (Applegate or Hormel Natural Choice)
    Primal mini-muffins - my fave recipe right now is this one: Paleo Morning Glory Muffins It's so versatile, I've used leftover mashed sweet potatoes and canned pumpkin (I'd imagine ripe banana would work too), and the nuts/raisins can be subbed too--I've done craisins and chocolate chips.
    Mini primal pancakes
    Yogurt tubes are great (I buy Stonyfield YoKids) b/c you can freeze them and they thaw over time.
    Meatballs
    Cubed chicken
    Bacon
    Chicken apple sausages
    Little Smokies (the chicken ones don't have MSG at least, still not great but she's hard to get protein into sometimes)
    Organic fruit leather/twists
    Raisins
    Sweet potato chips
    Mini salmon patties, I was really surprised how much she liked them

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    My 3 year old loves almonds, walnuts, cheese, yoghurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leina View Post
    My 3 year old loves almonds, walnuts, cheese, yoghurt.
    Totally forgot about nuts! Mine loves almonds and pistachios.

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    thanks!

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    I'm making her chicken nuggets (ground in food processor) with a crushed walnut crust as I type. I'll let you know how that goes over.

    Edit: They are a hit! She's dipping them in yoghurt and LOVES them. I think I will freeze some so I can just take a couple out for snacks/lunches.
    Last edited by Leina; 02-01-2013 at 02:17 PM.

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    These toddler lunches are cool!

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    There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

    DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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