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Hack my Toddler's Diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

My daughter was 100% Primal until her first birthday cupcake; however, I've loosened up this year. I feel it's pretty tiring and useless to flip over what mother-in-laws and grandparents feel they must feed kids as long as I offer consistently healthy food at home; with that being said she probably has more juice and grains than I'd prefer over the past year.

Currently, she's still breastfeeding. She is not very picky, but goes through phases where she picks around meat. She seems to always want fish oil (gag), bell peppers, and avocados. We are always looking for supplements and particular foods to hit the low points of our diets, but what about our kids?

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at 01:40 AM

I know this is a bit old now but I wanted to say thank you for asking this, I am having a similar issue with my 18 MO and was about to ask the question.

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:46 PM

That zucchini bread sounds awesome. I never thought about melted butter for dipping, you're right they love dipping things!

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Oh man our little day school offers organic snacks in the form of crackers and those Annie's things. My husband always laughs about trying to church up junk food.

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Can you post the green muffins recipe? Sounds wonderful!

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D5ca469ff78fdcc17607f9c16efb1b55

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Good for you for keeping it up! Also for still breastfeeding.

I have a 99% primal/paleo toddler. The only exceptions are soy sauce a couple of times, some veggie oil (she LOVES fries/British chips and they are an occasional treat for all of us if we eat out) and some sugar (in ice cream that I didn't make). And I know it's hard, though we are very lucky to have very supportive grandmothers who feed her what we say.

We give her plenty of fish, and also liver at least once a week. If yours won't eat it on its own you could always try mincing it and adding to meatballs/burgers. Her starchy carbs come from sweet potatoes (chunks roasted in bacon fat, yum) plus she has lots of green veg and some fruit - an apple is a great way to keep a toddler occupied when you're out and about! She drinks raw milk and water.

Melted butter for dipping vegetables in is nice, toddlers seem to love dipping things, and that would be good for fat and veg intake.

How about bone broth to drink? Or even give her some meaty bones to chew on if you have chops or something; we always give our girl the bones (as well as meat) to have a good gnaw! ALso handy for teething...

If you want the most wonderful paleo cupcakes ever, try this recipe http://paleomg.com/moist-chocolate-zucchini-bread/ (in cupcake form the whole recipe makes twelve, plus I use 2/3 of the honey and they still taste great). They will certainly be my next birthday cake :-)

But you're obviously doing great, I've found that out girl's appetite changes enormously; sometimes she wants lots of milk and hardly any food, other times she eats everything in sight! We did baby-led weaning, so while it can sometimes be hard when she isn't hungry, we let her eat as much as she wants, and try not to worry when she's off her food.

592fdaa77ec6342b736f1d25962aab7f

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:46 PM

That zucchini bread sounds awesome. I never thought about melted butter for dipping, you're right they love dipping things!

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:02 PM

My toddler accepts roasted chicken hearts as "sausage". Give that a try. :)

I find the key is continuing to be creative and not worrying too much about what your kid rejects from time to time. Mine used to LIVE on burgers, scrambled eggs, and carrot sticks, and now won't even look at any of them.

At the moment he's addicted to bacon and seems to enjoy the "green muffins" I make out of almond flour, eggs, blended collards, and whatever bits of meat are left over from dinner.

I have compromised a LOT since my toddler weaned himself at 15 months (weep), especially since his daddy is still a SAD eater and his daycare feeds him lentils. >:-[

You do the best you can. :)

D5ca469ff78fdcc17607f9c16efb1b55

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Can you post the green muffins recipe? Sounds wonderful!

592fdaa77ec6342b736f1d25962aab7f

(547)

on September 14, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Oh man our little day school offers organic snacks in the form of crackers and those Annie's things. My husband always laughs about trying to church up junk food.

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I have a daughter that is 2.5. We just recently quit nursing and I am a huge proponent that you will be able to give her a lot of nutrients even if it is only a couple times a day. I definitely agree that fat is huge in the toddler diet. However, I am also a big believer that children should get to know the natural taste of foods. I don't load veggies up with a ton of butter and cheese because I want her to enjoy the actual taste of the food.

I definitely am not as strict with her in regards to the variety of foods she gets, especially out of the house. She knows that at parties/grandma's she gets special treats, but we don't have those things at home.

She definitely gets a lot of the following - eggs, full fat yogurt, cheese, meat(she loves steak, pork, chicken, seafood), plus as many fruits and veggies as I can get her to try, as well as olive and coconut oil. I always ask her to try something and tell her that she doesn't have to eat it when she doesn't want to.

I never push food on her or make her eat. Children know when they are hungry and they will eat when they need to....it is completely common for her to go through a phase where she refuses to eat anything but grapes, but then the next day will pound 8 oz of steak in a sitting.

It is really hard not to stress. My daughter has always been on the small side and the doctor scared me with getting her tested for failure to thrive and celiacs, but it turns out she is just a petite and healthy little kid...now it is just my job to keep her that way! :)

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:34 PM

First of all, good for you for (a) keeping your daughter 100% primal for so long and (b) not battling everything that in laws and grandparents want to feed her. I'm in agreement - as long as they develop healthy habits at home those will provide a lasting impression and carry over outside of the home when they are able to make choices.

That said, my kids went through stages a lot too. One week they'd eat nothing but meat, the next eat, they'd want fruit, etc. I know for small children you're supposed to look at nutrition by the week, not by the day, otherwise you'll go nuts.

I think at a toddler age the most important thing they need is fat, and so egg yolks, butter, cheese, avocado, coconut oil...I'm sure I'm missing a big one here, but I'm guessing there will be several other helpful suggestions.

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:08 PM

add cod liver oil to the list

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