Apr 30, 2013


Nutrition for Kids

Almost every parent worries about what their children are eating, whether it's the amount, the timing of meals or the nutritional content.  Somehow...they still manage to grow up!

Here's a collection of articles from the Whole9 people, who base their nutritional advice on the paleo diet.  These five posts focus on instilling kids with good food habits and how to transition them to a healthier diet if they are on the wrong track.
*Special thanks to Brandi for this collection of articles.

3 comments:

Jared said...

Great topic. Another source that Kris and I have found very useful is the paleoparents.com site. They authored "Eat Like a Dinosaur", book I would highly recommend to anyone with kids. We have moved our six kids through several different phases of paleo eating and realize that there is often give and take. Would happily discuss this topic more with any interested parent.

Matt B. said...

I'm definitely grateful to my wife who's led our family on an incremental, multi-year journey towards Paleo. Two things she does with our kids are worth mentioning. 1. Make meals sound/look fun and special. Our kids eat "ice cream" quite often, sometimes for breakfast, snack, and/or dessert. Just blend down frozen fruit in the Vitamix (berries, bananas, etc.) and your kids get to brag they eat ice cream for breakfast. We did have a neighbor kid come over the other day, and he was in tears when the ice cream he was promised didn't meet his expectations! 2. Free processed sugar is showered on kids everywhere they go - cakes, cookies, lollipops, soda, etc. When my kids get offered something, my wife gives them a choice - to eat 1 treat there, or wait till they get home to have some quality Trader Joe's dark chocolate. Pretty smart on her part. Kid doesn't feel he/she is missing out, he/she gets empowered to make their own decision with immediate or delayed gratification, and mom/dad get to influence their dessert intake. It took some mental wrestling on my part to get over the quantities of chocolate the kids were eating (from my stash), but when I put it in the above context I bought in pretty easily.
Lastly, I gotta spice up my own veggies to make them palatable and the kids have taken a liking to my veggie "North Carolina" BBQ sauce. Turn grean beans, peas, mixed veggies, etc. into something spicy. I make it out of apple cider vinegar, ketchup, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Andy said...

Best of intentions every time I read articles like this, but hard to follow through. Granted, I think my kiddos probably eat better than most. A heck of a lot better than I did as a kid. But, can always do better...