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Paleo 4 Kids - Meal & Snack Ideas?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 06, 2011 at 4:46 PM

My new years resolution is to move my kids towards a more paleo style diet in 2011. My kids range in age from 8 to 14. I have one child with mild autisim and another with ADD, so that's the primary motivation driving this change.

They currently eat the SAD rich in grains & legumes, omega-6 PUFAs, and HFCS & other sugars.

The switch to paleo 3+ years ago was easy for me, but my kids (and wife) need more variety. I'm off to a good start with dinner & breakfast, but they are still eating the SAD for lunch and snacks.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for kid friendly meals or snacks, I would love to hear them!

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on October 15, 2011
at 03:00 PM

cheese and heavy cream are a lot healthier than nuts and seeds imo.

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on January 07, 2011
at 11:39 PM

You are welcome!

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 07, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Thanks Lurene; great suggestions!

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 07, 2011
at 03:22 PM

L.S. Thanks for sharing info about the SCD and Gottschall's book; I just ordered it on Amazon.

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 07, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Very helpful L.S. Thanks for the answer. I'm headed for peacanbread now!

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on January 07, 2011
at 02:50 AM

P.S. I should have written that this site also excludes sugar, and legumes, which as you can see would make it paleo-friendly. Cheers!

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 07, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Thanks for ice cream recipe. I think we do have a maker so perhaps we will give it a try.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on January 07, 2011
at 01:35 AM

It is awesome. Whip it with some vanilla and a bit of stevia (you can gradually drop the sweetener as they/you get used to less sweetness) and generously top some berries. Ice cream is super easy too. 1 pint cream, 6 egg yolks, stevia to taste, vanilla/chocolate/flavorings put in an ice cream maker.

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 07, 2011
at 12:30 AM

Great suggestions Mari; the heavy cream with frozen berries sounds delicious! I'm not sure if I have the patience or know-how to make ice cream.

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on January 06, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Oh my. At least they're not wheat krispie treats... haha but I would be so angry.

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on January 06, 2011
at 09:20 PM

My MIL will feed my daughter rice krispie TREATS for breakfast because it has cereal in it.

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 06, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Thanks so much for the comment and link to your site; I've added it to my GoogleReader and will be sure to review often for ideas!!

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on January 06, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Oh! We make our own lunchables too! I bought super cute containers and we do rolls of lunchmeat (or sometimes cut it into shapes w/cookie cutters - my daughter is 8) and do the same with pieces of cheese. Then instead of crackers we do nuts. Her dessert is a piece of chocolate. She still eats milk chocolate, but only likes the good stuff. I am working on moving up the % of darkness on her. :)

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 06, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Wow... great website; thanks 4 brining it to my attention!! I just jotted down the recipe for paleo pumpkin pie!

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

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on January 06, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Great ideas... the lunch-meat-bacon-chesse rolls and hard-boiled-eggs are on the school lunch menu 4 sure!!

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on January 06, 2011
at 05:01 PM

The meat-salad-in-veggie-shell thing is golden. I remember loving tuna salad out of a tomato as a munchkin.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on January 06, 2011
at 04:59 PM

I would think this is a great time to experiment with the "paleo baking" type stuff. It really helped me transition to have brownies and pumpkin bars and carrot cake cookies as snacks. The ingredients were all "paleo". That way they can have something sweet and it's miles better than a Hostess or Little Debbie type snack. I eventually didn't need them anymore, but it made me feel less deprived during the transition.

We eat things like egg salad and chicken salad in a half green pepper shell or on portobello mushrooms instead of on bread.

Lunchmeat rolls with cheese and bacon in the middle are a great quick snack.

Hard boiled eggs are super easy too. I make a dozen every week and just keep them in a bowl in the fridge.

Cut up melon with strawberries and blueberries is a delicious snack. I know we worry about too much fruit, but again it's better than traditional snacks when we are talking about kids.

Veggie snacks like cucumbers, carrot sticks, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes and the like are great even with a ranch dip or something to talk them into it.

Good luck!

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 06, 2011
at 05:01 PM

The meat-salad-in-veggie-shell thing is golden. I remember loving tuna salad out of a tomato as a munchkin.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 06, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Oh! We make our own lunchables too! I bought super cute containers and we do rolls of lunchmeat (or sometimes cut it into shapes w/cookie cutters - my daughter is 8) and do the same with pieces of cheese. Then instead of crackers we do nuts. Her dessert is a piece of chocolate. She still eats milk chocolate, but only likes the good stuff. I am working on moving up the % of darkness on her. :)

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 06, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Great ideas... the lunch-meat-bacon-chesse rolls and hard-boiled-eggs are on the school lunch menu 4 sure!!

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on January 07, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Hi, have you checked out the site pecanbread? While not paleo, it is all about supporting the nutritional needs of kids with special needs. I believe the diet is SDC (specific carbohydrate diet) from the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall. No grains, lactose, potatoes, and so on. If you haven't checked pecanbread out, it may be a helpful resource that will support your paleo groove. Ideas from other parents may be helpful. As an early interventionist who has worked with young children on the spectrum, I send you my best wishes for happy meal times together.

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 07, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Very helpful L.S. Thanks for the answer. I'm headed for peacanbread now!

07ad8e05f734cb1deec5479dc0e4a194

(315)

on January 07, 2011
at 02:50 AM

P.S. I should have written that this site also excludes sugar, and legumes, which as you can see would make it paleo-friendly. Cheers!

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 07, 2011
at 03:22 PM

L.S. Thanks for sharing info about the SCD and Gottschall's book; I just ordered it on Amazon.

07ad8e05f734cb1deec5479dc0e4a194

(315)

on January 07, 2011
at 11:39 PM

You are welcome!

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on January 06, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I have found the everyday paleo blog very helpful - my husband, three children and I basically eat whatever the everyday paleo family are eating! www.everydaypaleo.com

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 06, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Wow... great website; thanks 4 brining it to my attention!! I just jotted down the recipe for paleo pumpkin pie!

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on January 06, 2011
at 05:41 PM

If you can pack smoothies (as in thermoses), that might be an attractive option to initially reluctant kids. Also try fatty dips (guacamole, creme fraiche, etc.) with dippable crudites or nuts. Trail mix is another popular option.

Involve your kids in selecting and packing their items as much as possible for "buy in". Take your changes gradually, too if you sense resistance. Good luck with your resolution!

If you need further inspiration, I post pics and details about my daughter's packed lunchbox lunches three times per week here.

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 06, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Thanks so much for the comment and link to your site; I've added it to my GoogleReader and will be sure to review often for ideas!!

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on September 08, 2012
at 06:55 PM

How about some Paleo and kid-friendly pancakes?

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on October 15, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I can ussually cajole my kids (4,6,7) to eat all the vegetables and meat on their plates with the promise of banana "icecream". Slice banans, put in freezer for a few hours, put in food processor for about 5 minutes (you have to keep scraping the sides down every so often) and it turns into softserve "icecream". You can add berries or peaches to alter the flavor. It is a great natural dessert with no added sugar for my skinny little high metabolism boys.

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on January 07, 2011
at 03:33 PM

everydaypaleo.com is awesome for food ideas!

For snacks: a small bag of nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate (maybe nibs), and shaved dried coconut from tropical traditions is awesome

Also, you can grab a dehydrator from the bass pro shop for about $50 and make jerky and your own dried fruit without added sugar.

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 07, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Thanks Lurene; great suggestions!

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on January 06, 2011
at 09:13 PM

Bacon, cheese, and heavy cream are all great for showing people paleo can taste good. Heavy cream with berries is great, as is ice cream made with heavy cream, egg yolks, and stevia. Bacon slices actually make a good lunch too, as does cheese.

While these might not be paleo in the strictest sense of the word, they are certainly better than rice krispies and will probably help the transition.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 06, 2011
at 09:20 PM

My MIL will feed my daughter rice krispie TREATS for breakfast because it has cereal in it.

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 07, 2011
at 12:30 AM

Great suggestions Mari; the heavy cream with frozen berries sounds delicious! I'm not sure if I have the patience or know-how to make ice cream.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on January 07, 2011
at 01:35 AM

It is awesome. Whip it with some vanilla and a bit of stevia (you can gradually drop the sweetener as they/you get used to less sweetness) and generously top some berries. Ice cream is super easy too. 1 pint cream, 6 egg yolks, stevia to taste, vanilla/chocolate/flavorings put in an ice cream maker.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on January 06, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Oh my. At least they're not wheat krispie treats... haha but I would be so angry.

D38c0cc994b194de08289e0fe3f99d1e

(421)

on January 07, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Thanks for ice cream recipe. I think we do have a maker so perhaps we will give it a try.

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on January 12, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Great ideas you have shared with us!!! will definitely use some of them for the food party I am planning to have. Thanks very much

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on October 15, 2011
at 01:56 PM

Cheese and heavy cream are NOT paleo! Paleo consists of meats, fruits/veggies, nuts, seeds, berries and eggs.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on October 15, 2011
at 03:00 PM

cheese and heavy cream are a lot healthier than nuts and seeds imo.

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