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Paleo Toddler ideas

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Created April 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

My husband and I recently converted to Paleo and we love it! After only 3 weeks I feel great, have lost a few pounds and have more energy then ever.

We have a 13 month old and I would like her to be as paleo as possible but being new to this I'm concerned about completly cutting out dairy and whole grains. I have always fed her healthy foods but that included oatmeal, rice, quinoa and a little whole grain bread (I'm new to Paleo, forgive me). She loves veggies, fish & meat,I do not feed her any processed "kids" food and I am personaly terrified of children on sugar so treats are berries and avacodo's in my house.

What would you recommend to replace her milk with? Do you have any toddler friendly snack ideas?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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at 11:20 PM

I really like your posts, Heidi! Thanks for the ideas.

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on April 18, 2012
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We have a hand-churned ice cream place about 2 blocks away that we visit about once a month, so most of the damage is done out and about, and no whispering voices from the freezer late at night. I do indulge, but we go after dinner so that limits room in the belly for too much. I rarely buy ice cream at the store, but when I do, I buy my hubbies favorite kind so I'd feel guilty if I ate it without him.

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on April 18, 2012
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My three-year olds are also starting to reject a lot of the healthy foods they stuffed their faces with at 1 and 2, especially when they see other kids eat other foods. They are exposed to so much crap at nursery school, church and birthday parties. It's really tough to keep them "mostly Paleo." I do compromise a bit and let them make some of their own food choices at school etc. Luckily they still prefer good meat to any thing in nugget form. And at home they happily fill up on mashed cauliflower with butter, meatloaf, carrots and brussel sprouts because they like it. Good luck!

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on April 18, 2012
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Ice cream as breast milk in dessert form - ha! Love that. My question is can you resist it or do you eat it, too? I would give it to my boys if I knew I wouldn't sneak in to the fridge after they were in bed and eat the rest of the carton.

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on April 17, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Do they need cow milk? I would think they need human milk.

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It is amazing how early the peer pressure for food choices kicks in, and he starts asking for snacks other kids are having. I have faith he won't be totally ruined by it though, he dishes it as much as takes it, I watched him shove a pieces of broccoli and spinach leaves in vinagrette into his cousins mouth while saying, "Good food! You eat!"

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our 15 month old gets some raw goat milk via bottle to supplement a low-ish supply of breastmilk. But she also gets a reliably satisfying sort-of-custard-like breakfast: coconut milk kefir (homemade from kefir grains), raw egg yolks, cinnamon, a little apple sauce for sweetness, and also some frozen berries (mostly wild blueberries which are lower in sugar), etc. She's stopped enjoying avocado unless its mixed in with other things. Snacks will be things like pieces of gouda cheese, Coconut Manna - I highly recommend the Nutiva brand, kids and adults go nuts over it. Fat is satisfying

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on April 17, 2012
at 07:02 PM

There is absolutely nothing in any grain that could possibly be missed in the nutrition of a child. This is not the case with dairy, growing mammals need milk.

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on April 17, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Do they need cow milk? I would think they need human milk.

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on April 17, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Mommy milk would be best but I'm guessing that's not an option. Try Goat's milk instead - it's supposed to be a bit friendlier to us. It's not really Paleo either though. You could go milk-less but your child needs to be a really good eater. As long as you live in a modern society that's not bound to happen unfortunately. Mine is 3 years old and even 6mo broccoli was one of her favorite foods. Now all she wants is juice, candy, ice cream, pizza, and bread. Even chicken nuggets and hot dogs are becoming a chore. Our pediatrician tells us this is normal but I blame daycare, other kids, grandparents, birthday parties, and children's menus (we no longer order from them). Sigh.

Anyway, our go to snacks include whole-apple applesauce, kefir, fresh and dried fruit, SeaSnax seaweed, and cheese sticks.

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on April 17, 2012
at 07:17 PM

It is amazing how early the peer pressure for food choices kicks in, and he starts asking for snacks other kids are having. I have faith he won't be totally ruined by it though, he dishes it as much as takes it, I watched him shove a pieces of broccoli and spinach leaves in vinagrette into his cousins mouth while saying, "Good food! You eat!"

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:20 AM

My three-year olds are also starting to reject a lot of the healthy foods they stuffed their faces with at 1 and 2, especially when they see other kids eat other foods. They are exposed to so much crap at nursery school, church and birthday parties. It's really tough to keep them "mostly Paleo." I do compromise a bit and let them make some of their own food choices at school etc. Luckily they still prefer good meat to any thing in nugget form. And at home they happily fill up on mashed cauliflower with butter, meatloaf, carrots and brussel sprouts because they like it. Good luck!

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on April 17, 2012
at 06:52 PM

My twins are 3 and eat about 70% Paleo, while I eat about 90%. I believe children's carb needs are generally higher than most adults, so my boys still eat a little rice, a few baked "Paleo" goodies with some honey and some cheese and yogurt. One doesn't drink milk, but the other loves it so much that I let him have some each morning. I also made a compromise with sweet corn since they love fresh sweet corn on the cob. I've found that letting them have rice, cheese and a little corn on occasion when we are out at friend's houses, potlucks, etc. has allowed them to feel normal and to partake of the food that everyone else is eating. This has helped them overall to be much more willing to eat whatever I give them at home. I don't think they see their own eating as that different than other kids yet and I think that's a good thing for now. Where you compromise or if you compromise is really a personal choice though. I personally don't think you need to give up all dairy products if you don't want to and if you believe your daughter tolerates milk well. Yogurt is such a great toddler food!

At home we eat a lot of scrambled eggs, coconut milk smoothies, bacon, sausage, other meats, fruits and veggies -- any thing you can chop and is easy to chew is good for a toddler (lightly steaming vegetables makes them easier to chew). My boys still have some cheese and lots of good full fat raw yogurt. I make a lot of stews and soups and use a slotted spoon to pull the chunks out for the boys to eat. For example, they won't eat my Chicken Sausage soup but they'll eat the pieces of sausage, chicken, mushrooms and brussel sprouts if I put them separately on their plates. Here's a recipe I developed when my boys were about 17 or 18 months old for apple pineapple salad.

http://lowoxalateinfo.com/apple-pineapple-salad/

It's great for introducing raw veggies like carrots, butternut squash and zucchini. It's still one of our favorites (My blog is for low oxalate dieters -- mostly Paleo/WAP in case you are wondering. . .) You might want to find the recipe for Paleo meatloaf and mashed cauliflower on the same site. This is my boys favorite Paleo meal.

Good luck!

Edit: Here's the link to the Paleo meatloaf and if you scroll down you'll see a picture of my boys favorite Paleo meal: Paleo meatloaf, mashed cauliflower, broccoli and applesauce. http://lowoxalateinfo.com/paleo-meatloaf/

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on May 20, 2012
at 11:20 PM

I really like your posts, Heidi! Thanks for the ideas.

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on April 17, 2012
at 07:10 PM

My toddler goes nuts for sea weed and marrow bones (uses his fingers to scoop out the marrow) especially.

Mostly, we just feed him whatever we are eating, the "kid's needing their own kind of food" thing I think is a newish phenomenon (at least in human history). It might be leftover from feeding children almost exclusively milk soaked toast in the Victorian era to maintain a languid temperament, but I think mostly it is the wheat, corn, and soy surplus, a product looking for a high profit market if you will.

Other favorites

  • flying fish roe on rice crackers

  • straight up butter

  • bacon

  • yogurt

  • olives

  • mashed sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon

  • chicken hearts and gizzards dipped in mustard

  • gnawing lamb shoulder steak right off of the bone

  • shrimp

  • guacamole (he likes it full speed, with garlic, onion, jalepeno)

  • homemade french fries (sweet or regular)

  • chicken drumsticks

  • whole cooked trout (he likes the eyes for some reason)

  • sushi (pickled ginger is a favorite with him too)

  • hard boiled eggs

  • 90% chocolate

  • little cups of heavy cream

  • whipped cream on berries

  • Broccoli with lemon juice, tamari, and sesame oil

  • Hamburger patty with ketchup, mustard, and pickles

  • Veggie plate with cucumbers, onions (dude likes raw onions for some reason), sweet peppers, snap peas, carrots, with a dipping sauce like blue cheese dressing, ketchup, or mustard

  • corn on the cob

  • soup of any variety, especially pho with rice noodles and chicken soup

  • Ethiopian food we usually get a veggie platter plus chicken or lamb tibs (not technically paleo, but the teff flour made into injera is properly soured and gluten free, and the legumes are also soaked and slow cooked to reduce lectins)

  • Thai food, probably a little heavy on the vegetable oils, but he loves, fresh rolls, Phad Thai, Swimming Rama, Massamun Curry, Tom Yum, and Tom Kha, and sticky rice with mango.

  • Indian food (again from a restaurant it is probably going to be high in veg oil, but I like introducing him to a large variety of flavors) any curry on a bed of rice.

  • Apples, pears, oranges, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, bananas (so many bananas)

  • Ice Cream (breast milk is high in sugars, and fat, so I personally think of high quality ice cream as breastmilk in dessert form).

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on April 18, 2012
at 07:52 AM

We have a hand-churned ice cream place about 2 blocks away that we visit about once a month, so most of the damage is done out and about, and no whispering voices from the freezer late at night. I do indulge, but we go after dinner so that limits room in the belly for too much. I rarely buy ice cream at the store, but when I do, I buy my hubbies favorite kind so I'd feel guilty if I ate it without him.

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Ice cream as breast milk in dessert form - ha! Love that. My question is can you resist it or do you eat it, too? I would give it to my boys if I knew I wouldn't sneak in to the fridge after they were in bed and eat the rest of the carton.

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on April 17, 2012
at 06:55 PM

I feed my 7 month old the same stuff I eat.

I have eggs for breakfast, I give him some of my yolks.

I have sweet potatoes with dinner, we blend some up add a little water and give him that.

Right now he's had:

  • egg yolk
  • avacado
  • sweet potato
  • squash
  • apple
  • banana (but he hates it, so we haven't gone back to try again in a while)

In the next couple of months we'll start pureeing the meat we have for dinner and giving him that.

There's nothing healthy about dairy and whole grains, i.e., if it's bad for you, why isn't is bad for your kid? He's been 100% paleo from day 1 (including 100% paleo-fed mom breast milk), and he's not suffering because of the lack of grains.

I know some day he'll probably have some grains, just like some day he'll have alcohol. That doesn't mean I'm going give him any early, I'm going to keep the shit away from him as long as I can to give him the advantage I never had.

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on April 17, 2012
at 08:55 PM

19 month old was 100% paleo till 1 year - cheating the first time on her birthday. ;) Now she knows what birthday parties and holidays are all about and is a sugar fiend like her mom. She is still breastfed, we did the whole baby led weaning, and eats whatever I eat. Now when it comes to packing her lunch for day school, I bought a few little trays with lots of dividers.

  1. Leftovers
  2. SCRAMBLED [YARD] EGGS - typically with spinach and goat cheese or rotel and cheddar
  3. Applegate Farm hot dogs and bacon
  4. Nitrate free lunch meats
  5. Chicken thighs or tenderloins
  6. Tuna/salmon salad - "fiss mmmm"
  7. Fruit - especially frozen blueberries and bananas (good for teething too)
  8. Cheese - kid loves some "chiss"
  9. Whole fat yogurt
  10. Veggies any and all - I buy tons of frozen veggies to warm up for all meals. We eat legumes so green beans and peas are her favorite as well as spinach, carrots, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
  11. Dark chocolate - will do flips for it...literally.
  12. Homemade mayo - because she's in that dipping phase and this incorporates some good fats rather than ketchup
  13. Guacamole - eats it with a spoon

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on April 17, 2012
at 06:59 PM

our 15 month old gets a reliably satisfying sort-of-custard-like breakfast: coconut milk kefir (homemade from kefir grains), raw egg yolks, cinnamon, a little apple sauce for sweetness, and also some frozen berries (mostly wild blueberries which are lower in sugar), etc. She's stopped enjoying avocado unless its mixed in with other things.

Snacks will be things like pieces of gouda cheese, Coconut Manna - I highly recommend the Nutiva brand, kids and adults go nuts over it. Fat is satisfying. During other meals and as occasional snacks she gets sweet potato, usually dowsed in ghee or coconut oil.

She also continues to get some raw goat milk via bottle to supplement a low-ish supply of breastmilk.

I would like to eventually reduce the animal dairy in her diet to be on the safe side, but I figure for now things like quality hard cheeses and quality raw goat milk are doing more good than harm.

I have to admit I also score her some pieces of my 99% dark chocolate, accompanied by Coconut Manna or slightly dipped in my bulletproof coffee (!) and she LOVES it. Which got me thinking, apart from the chocolate, how to get her magnesium in her diet without supplementation.

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on April 17, 2012
at 08:37 PM

You could also look in to investing in a baby food maker of some sort, such as a brezza to make applesauce, sweet potatoes, or whatever else you like of any combination of fruits and veggies. It steams and blends them and you get to pick what's in them which is nice. And you yourself can even make whatever you like for yourself. I love mixing apples and blueberries. I've also done sweet potatoes in it before with a touch of cinnamon and you can add coconut milk if you want to things and make the stuff. It's pretty awesome.

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on April 17, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Just feed your babe the same Paleo food that you eat. Here's a product that you'll love: Happy Baby Food Grinder

No need for grains, at all.

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