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Breakfast ideas for getting my 4yr old Paleo

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Created December 14, 2011 at 3:08 AM

I am trying to start my 4yr old to eat more Paleo (all my family really, but the 4yr old will be a hard sell). He has had some behavior issues at school recently and I have noticed how much better his behavior is at home when he eats more whole foods, less grains, less sugars... So instead of letting/having him eat the cereal heavy (and often sugar loaded) breakfast provided by his school, I am sending him in with breakfast. So far it has been some sausage and a banana, and a little nut butter. I am trying to get him to eat eggs, but he really only likes them fried, so those are better at home than to take to school. I make grain free waffles and pancakes for him, but again, reheated not as good. I know there are plenty of excellent options for him going Paleo, but I feel like my brain is fried because I can't think of stuff! :)

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Butternut squash custard has become one of my family's go-to breakfast foods! We love it.

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:45 PM

You might also look into making crustless quiches at night or on Sundays. They can be eaten cold or heated up pretty quick if time in the morning is an issue. Sausage, mushroom and onion or spinach and feta are a couple of my favorites.

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:41 PM

I love that site! I have made a couple things, and actually do plan on buying the book when I have the money.

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:40 PM

+1 for fists full of bacon - my 2yr old had a fist full of sausage a minute ago :)

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at 02:39 PM

yogurt is on this menu tomorrow - I have to make it today :) I have been making my own Greek Style yogurt for over a year and just can't go back to store bought. Plus this way I can actually get the full fat antibiotic steroid free milk and make yogurt much cheaper :)

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

Good for you and your family! You are giving them such a headstart by teaching them good eating habits and how food affects their behavior. What about some whole milk yogurt and frozen berries packed in a thermos. My kids love that, and I don't mind them having a little dairy, as long as it's full fat.

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at 01:28 PM

Try to get him "full" before he leaves for school. Work on the eggs. Bacon is good. Maybe try some other meat and some vegies he likes.

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:46 AM

yeah, I should be finishing projects that were due last week...

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:08 AM

I'm also in school. In fact, I should be studying right now . . .

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at 04:03 AM

Thanks - these are great suggestions. It has always been a struggle to get him to eat anything - except broccoli, that boy can put away some broccoli! I had not addressed it yet as I was also in school, but my semester is over and I have 6 weeks to get him eating well before I have to go back to school.

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:59 AM

School starts at 9:00, but the bus picks him up at 7:30. He usually eats a bite or two of something at home, but otherwise nothing until school. It is a Special Ed preschool, but most of the local schools do breakfast as we live in an extremely impoverished area.

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Your 4-year-old eats breakfast at school? What time does school start? Things sure have changed since I was a kid.

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:57 AM

My three-year-old twins are fed a "morning snack" at 9:00 at pre-school which consists of cold cereal and fruit. So far, I haven't tried to send an alternate snack to school with them. Instead, I arm my boys with a high fat, high protein breakfast and hope they won't eat much of the snack. I've started getting up a half hour early and I go ahead and fry up some eggs (or scramble them), or sausage or ham. Alternately, I'll give them left-over meat from the night before. My boys still drink milk (with added cream--they think this is funny since I put cream in my tea and they put it in their milk), so they have that too. They eat a big healthy breakfast at about 7:00, then off to school . . . Their teachers have told me since I started doing this (about four weeks ago) that my boys always eat their fruit, but haven't been eating much cereal anymore. In fact, the boys often tell their teachers they aren't hungry and don't want to stop playing to have a snack. Anyway, this has been a good first step in our transition to a "Paleo-inspired whole foods diet". I am waiting until the interim period between semesters in January to ask the school to stop giving the boys cereal and only give them fruit at snack (a younger boy who is on a gluten-free diet is transferring to their classroom at that time and I thought it would be easier to wait until then to start addressing food at pre-school).

I too am having some difficulties when I do have to pack my boys a meal--no matter whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Some things that have worked for us are hard-boiled eggs, cheese wrapped in ham (or another thin-sliced meat), left-over meat (especially hamburgers which my boys like cold), full-fat yogurt, sausage, "fat-bombs" (a no-bake "cookie" with sunflower seed butter, whey powder, coconut oil and a touch of honey), egg-salad or chicken salad (with yogurt not mayo), and left-over grain-free pancakes with nut butter. They've enjoyed my Paleo pizza cold, too, though I think it's pretty disgusting that way. Another strategy might be to try to make the meal high fat, although not necessarily high protein. An avocado dip with veggies might be satisfying with a hard-boiled egg. Lately, I've tried to go heavy on the easy to pack fruits and veggies (and sometimes cheese)--the things that taste good cold-- then make sure the rest of the boys' meals that day are full of meat or eggs and some good fat.

On another note, I did start bringing bananas to the nursery at our church. The teachers used to only give fruit as a snack, but that had slowly morphed into graham crackers and cookies over the past year. I politely handed them enough bananas for all the kids and asked them if they would not give my boys wheat or sugar that day. They not only agreed, they have since gone back to giving mostly fruit or veggies for snacks again! Success!

Good luck! My boys are only at school three days a week, so it's a little easier for me to just concentrate on their meals at home right now and not tackle the bigger issues of what to do about the "food" at nursery school.

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:08 AM

I'm also in school. In fact, I should be studying right now . . .

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:46 AM

yeah, I should be finishing projects that were due last week...

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:03 AM

Thanks - these are great suggestions. It has always been a struggle to get him to eat anything - except broccoli, that boy can put away some broccoli! I had not addressed it yet as I was also in school, but my semester is over and I have 6 weeks to get him eating well before I have to go back to school.

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on December 14, 2011
at 12:11 PM

My 3 year old walks around the house with fistfulls of bacon every morning, also a couple hard boiled eggs. Both of which were cooked earlier in the week, making mornings super easy.

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:40 PM

+1 for fists full of bacon - my 2yr old had a fist full of sausage a minute ago :)

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:42 AM

This mama has a great blog with plenty of ideas to get you started experimenting in the kitchen. http://theprimalparent.com/ Something I've heard often that's definitely been true with my kids is that it takes many attempts with the same food to develop a taste for that food...so don't give up on a nourishing dish until you have served it multiple times. And for my family, never offering options is the rule of thumb...they won't starve, and I always offer plenty of food at the next meal. Oh, one more thing, make snacks as nutrient dense as meals...children get a lot of their calories snacking, so I strive to not let snacking slide in quality. I just realized I didn't fully answer your breakfast question, so here are a few ideas: smoothies with berries, coconut milk, coconut oil and raw egg yolks (slip those in on the sly), muffins made with coconut flour, crustless quiche, sweet potato or winter squash custard...

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Butternut squash custard has become one of my family's go-to breakfast foods! We love it.

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:56 AM

Work within those foods he likes when eating at home--many leftover meats are fine cold, you just won't put them in bread as others do. Finger food portions of meat, fruit and (if any) veggies he likes. If you do dairy, maybe a little cheese or a few nuts.

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:33 PM

There are also a lot of good recipes here.... http://primalkitchen.blogspot.com/p/recipes-index.html

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:21 PM

I don't have children, but this site seems really smart. They of course sell a book, but there is a lot of free information too: http://paleoparents.com/tag/recipe/

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at 02:41 PM

I love that site! I have made a couple things, and actually do plan on buying the book when I have the money.

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on December 14, 2011
at 12:43 PM

I often eat reheated eggs & "paleofied" pancakes for breakfast, and it's been just fine; I'd give it a shot if you haven't already. Or maybe some dinner leftovers?

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