Friday, October 14, 2011

My Kids' "Not Quite Paleo" Diet

I, "Gimp-Along Annie", have three different appointments to get to this morning, including a fun trip to physical therapy - ugh.  (Can you tell I'm thrilled?)  So, I crawled out of bed at 5:30 AM so I would have a few minutes of peace and quiet to check my email, drink some tea...and make a lot of food before the kids got up.

See, I have these nice friends who have offered to babysit for me on Fridays while I attend to my appointments.  Yah!  Happy-Happy-Joy-Joy!  To make life easier for them, I make the kids' breakfast and lunch and leave them in the fridge.

Now, as I've said before, my kids are not following a 100% Paleo diet BUT I have integrated a lot of the Paleo ideas into their meals. I limit their intake of processed foods, centering their diet more on proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables.  They do get some grain (oatmeal and 1 sandwich a day) but their intake is small when you compared it to what other kids get.

Here is today's menu:

Breakfast (left): 1.5 eggs - scrambled-fried, 1 banana, 1 GF Pumpkin-Oat muffin, GF Cherrios (thanks to a friend), and a small handful of raisins.  (My meal is usually eggs and fruit.)

They usually clean their breakfast plates within an hour and will demanding more food around 10 AM.  Their morning snack is usually a piece of fruit and / or a stick of string cheese.

Lunch (right): 2 hardboiled eggs for my daughter / PB&J sandwich for my son, 1 GF Pumpkin-Oat muffin,1 small handful of raisins, 1 small pear, and a selection of vegetables. (I usually warm up some leftovers or have tuna on celery.)

Note: My daughter usually get an egg salad sandwich but all we had this week was the tiny loaf of rye bread that a friend gave me and she hates she's eating hard boiled eggs instead.

For their afternoon snack they get a choice of fruit, air-popped popcorn, or cheese stick.

At my house, the kids' dinner is whatever I'm eating (Paleo-style food) plus a piece of fruit and any extra veggies I can find.  Since it's Friday, they're having dinner at their father's house which means it could be anything from spaghetti to roast beef.  (My ex does not follow a Paleo diet but he is trying to keep to homemade food whenever he can so it is an improvement.  He's the reason why I keep some wheat in the kids' diet - I'm afraid that if they went wheat-free, they'd get wheat sick every time they went to their father's house.)

Do your kids eat differently than you do?  What's your take on kids' diets?  Comment below!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. My 16-month-old eats paleo plus some brown rice cereal most days and the occasional plain rice cracker (just too convenient and clean on the go!). Right from the start she's been a great eater, so we've been lucky that way. I'm sure the paleo diet has contributed to her great overall development and good eating habits. Unfortunately, we're not yet at a point where we eat dinner all together at the same time (and the same thing) due to timing, but we'll get there eventually I'm sure :-)


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