Paleo breaky for very very very fussy kids (no exageration here extremly fussy).

by 20 · February 06, 2013 at 11:23 PM

OK, so my son is Gluten and Diary intolerant, so we have gone Paleo completely. My hubby hates me right now and is having a harder time than the kids.

But my kids mostly my 7 year old boy is SUPER FUSSY! He is scared to try anything, his relationship with food is shocking to say the least.

Im finding breaky to be the hardest one to get him to eat. Before this big change he loved cornflakes or rice bubbles and milk, but he cant have any of that now and is craving it and Im pulling my hair out trying to feed him other things.

Is there a way to give him a paleo friendly cereal? I use almond milk now but not sure what i can put with it thats safe. He hates smoothies, not a vegg fan but looooves fruit as well as nuts and meat.

Please help with recipes, links and info to get him to try new things without the time consuming effort attached to it that leads to tears.

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12405 · May 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Here's a Paleo option for breakfast -- comes out a lot like cereal. I think the youngster'll like it.

  • Organic apple, pear, berries or organic banana, chopped into small pieces
  • Raw walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut manna
  • Organic raisins
  • Hemp seeds (no, not those kind), or hemp protein
  • Shredded coconut
  • Almond milk

Stir to mix. Because it's kids, as long as they're active you don't have to worry so much about the calories here -- and it's a decent breakfast that most kids will really enjoy, even if they're picky.

For a special treat, you could also make Paleo donuts:

Ingredients (makes 10-12 mini-donuts)

Paleo Donuts

1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon celtic sea salt 2 eggs (room temperature) 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons coconut oil (liquid) 1/2 cup warm apple cider 2 tablespoons ghee (or butter or coconut oil), melted – for coating cooked donuts Cinnamon Sugar

1/2 cup granulated coconut sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon

In a small bowl whisk together coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, oil and honey. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Add the warm apple cider to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated into the dough. Scoop the donut batter into pre-heated coconut oil (or, if you have one, you can use a mini donut maker -- but I usually just drop mine into coconut oil -- they don't come out with holes, but that's ok). A cookie scooper makes it easy. (About 1 1/2 tablespoons for each donut) Cook for 2-3 minutes. Carefully remove cooked donuts from the pan. Either brush donuts with melted ghee/butter/coconut oil or dip them in to cover both sides. Roll in cinnamon sugar to serve.

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964 · May 07, 2012 at 01:04 AM

Toast pepitas, sunflower seeds and shredded coconut in fairly equal proportions. I spray the nuts lightly with coconut oil and toast 10-15 minutes at 350F turning every 5 minutes, the coconut a little less. Toss this with a little ground cinnamon and clove. Sprinkle liberally over berries and drizzle with coconut milk or white fatty liquid of choice.

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145 · May 07, 2012 at 01:42 AM

Aside from the great recommendations for paleo breakfasts, I encourage you to think of fussy eating as a habitual behavior that you CAN conquer. There is a fantastic book called "Parenting with Love & logic" that has helped my husband and I immensely.

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724 · May 07, 2012 at 03:15 AM

well if he likes meat and fruit that sounds workable. Keep in mind also that breakfast doesn't have to be your typical breakfast fare (eggs, cereal, etc.). I have this mindset as well and usually have things like bacon or sausage, a couple eggs, and fruit for breakfast, but I've also had meats that would be more likely served for dinner and broccoli for breakfast (not that your son would probably eat broccoli for breakfast (: ) I would stick to meat and fruit and maybe some nuts too if he likes those, then maybe you can fix something else a little more creative and make a deal with him that he will try at least a couple bites at each breakfast. His tastebuds may need some adjusting and this might help. Also, sweet potatoes are yummy, have you tried those with him? They make good breakfast-fare too. Good luck!

(I'm off to add paleo donuts ingredients to my shopping list lol!)

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5476 · May 07, 2012 at 03:26 AM

I think you should try to involve him in making his meals. Children his age are in that stage where a feeling of independence is important and feeling "grown-up" might given him a more positive relationship with his breakfast.

Tell him that YOU need HIS help in making the breakfast delicious. Let him be Mr. Chef of the day and pick out certain fruit for yogurt (just an example). Or let him pick out his own omelet ingredients.

Children that age are often overwhelmed with changes and too many choices. It helps to let him feel like he can control his choices. Keep it simple. Don't keep offering five million things at breakfast until he says yes. Tell him that today, "You get to pick! Would you like A? Or B? That's all we have."

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25 · May 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I feel you! I have a very picky toddler. My site www.againstallgrain.com has a ton of kid friendly recipes. There's a few with Dairy in them, so just make sure you look at all of the Paleo Recipes in the recipe index. Try the Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes!! My son loves them!


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30 · June 19, 2012 at 06:39 AM

We make paleo waffles a lot. one banana, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1/4 C coconut cream, 1 t vanilla, 4 eggs, whizz it all up in the food processor and cook as pancakes or waffles. The other recipe I use is 1/4 C almond butter, 1/2 C applesauce, 2 eggs, 1 t vanilla and 1/2 t cinnamon. They are both delicious!

346 · May 07, 2012 at 01:42 AM

First of all, don't listen to the haters. Suddenly removing a kid's favorite breakfast foods will naturally make them upset, regardless of whether or not they have entitlement issues. I've found that eating paleo-friendly versions of things I once loved just makes me crave it more. Try to give him something new. Egg muffins are great, think frittata in a cupcake pan. They're great for filling with vegetables. Make them on a Sunday and give them to him throughout the week. I like fried plantains for a quick breakfast or snack. Get him involved! Ask him to help you cook. Take him to the store and tell him to choose a produce item or two and come up with a creative way to make it together. Give him a little control over a situation where he probably feels powerless. And tell your husband to stop acting like a child and educate himself and realize that being paleo is the healthiest choice for your family.

8883 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Reading the above comments it looks like people think it's a good idea to force children to eat whole food. If 'the little shits' or 'the picky kids' don't feel like eating meat, why would you force them? How would you like it if someone told you you had to eat crap because it's full of vitamins and good for you?

Apart from making them eat a nutrient-dense diet with limited gluten and PUFA, I wouldn't decide for them what to eat. Some coke, chocolate, ice cream, sugar, potatoes, orange (or other fruit) juice,... won't harm them. I wouldn't be surprised if most people here do better with any of those than with nut butters and flours.

I would basically ask the kids what they want to eat, give them some alternatives and try to meet them in the middle.

10 · February 06, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I am horrified at the lady who called your child spoilt. How rude and unsupportive. Would you say something so rude to a person's face. I am sickened the "wisper" is giving advice on how to teach respect! I find with my one year on a mix platter is best for him in the morning. I might do bacon or sausage or silverside with berries and a few crushed nuts. I have also made up chucky soups for him. He love the meat and veggies swimming in broth!

2909 · June 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM

Cristy, I feel your pain. Getting your entire family on board with your healthy lifestyle is like pulling teeth. Even if they're aware of the health benefits, most people are too stuck in their ways to simply cut certain things out of their diet that they've been accustomed to eating for years.

You should check out the GAPS Diet for your little one.

11555 · June 19, 2012 at 01:50 PM

"Hunger is the best sauce."

Don't keep struggling to fix him something that he'll like. Fix what you and the rest of the family are having. If he doesn't eat it, he'll be hungry later. He won't starve. Kids eventually learn to eat what is available, so long as they don't get rewarded for pushing parents around.

2954 · June 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

From what I've read, GAPS Diet changes fussy children, special.y those with food sensitivities, into children who will eat anything. I'm on my phone so i can't add refences for that, I'll update the post when i get home.

Hmm as for breakfast, try pretty cubes of sweet potato pan fried with lots of butter and a bit of wate- Keep stirring and adding watere as it cooks. At the end add a pinch of ginger, clove or nutmeg. It should really be vey buttery. If he doesn't eat it add chopped good quaity bacon.

How ablut whipped cream, no sugar, with sliced strawberries on top? If you cut the strawberries the night before they will form a syrup! Yiu can add sliced almomds. It taste swewet and dwlicious but it's healthy.

Homemade bbq pulled pork, if he won't eat that, he's hopeless! On the side serve julliene carrots fried in lots of butter... sliced apple fried in butter would be good with the pork too.

Hey how about meatballs, what kid doesn't like meatballs. Serve with paleo spaghetti squash, search it on google. Cook the "spaghetti" in butter just for a little bit so it's not raw!

Would he eat sliced chorizo pan fried in bacon grease? The slices are so cute and you can eat it like crackers.

My favorite pancakes, 1 banana, 1 egg, 2 tablespoon butter or coconut oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons tapioca starch.

5323 · June 19, 2012 at 07:28 AM

Sounds like he addicted to a sugar high (sugar and cereal). The buzz of high sugar is not entirely dissimilar to the buzz of cocaine. When I was a kid, there was more sugar than cereal in my bowl. I was a sugar junkie.

A young child with little higher reasoning, taken off a overly high pleasure (whether it be cocaine or a sugar/carb laden breakfast) is going to be very upset. Just like someone taken off their drugs, there is misdirected anger, and withdrawl.

I bet he wont starve if all you give him is nutritous breakfasts though! (hunger beats pleasure withdrawl). Then again, you cant protect your kids from a drug-like food all of society is addicted to, and treat like water. You can only hope to prevent them from getting too hooked at a young age.

But, if you want him to eat healthier, you might want to ease him off the sugar by using fruits for breakfast. Banana is very high sugar. So are peaches. Dried fruits are more concentrated (like raisins). Through in some macadamias too?

Of course, eventually hopefully your kids can get through breakfast without expecting a sugar high. Then you can do meat only sausages, eggs, tomato and bacon (who doesnt love bacon)

970 · May 09, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Before school and while snapping at kids and running around anything easy is good. Celery with almond butter and raisins (ants on a log), Avocado slices and apple slices (ups the calories, plenty of food there), bacon and eggs, bacon and fruit, deli turkey slices and orange juice, apple/banana slices with almond butter,

ohh..lately i like fried rice... trader joes frozen organic brown rice in the microwave while sauteeing up some diced veggies (asparagus,carrots,broccoli-tiny pieces) in butter/coconut oil, then add the rice to the pan, stir it up, crack two or three eggs over (no extra bowl needed) and stir some more.

Leftover steak cubes or chicken and some blueberries/blackberries. Heck, even rice noodle spaghetti with tomato sauce and leftover chicken. My friend said something recently about an avocado in the oven with an egg in it where you take out the pit. Sounds neat. In a pinch some refrigerated hard-boild eggs diced up and a snack pack of organic apple sauce works fine.

1267 · May 09, 2012 at 12:31 AM

I hear you! I have fussy eaters but its probably my fault because I cant stand the whining from them and make sure I cook something they will eat. ( not saying its your fault its just my situation) Thankfully my kids are hungry and if I can put up with the degrading remarks I get from them all about veg - after a few days of not eat enough food they give in - but it goes in cycles as wear me down again - if only I could be stronger - hey I am human and there is only so much abuse that I can handle doing the meals for ungrateful kids - but I suppose my message is hang in there - if they are not given a choice and they also get involved in the process of picking the meals and help cooking them - it will turn around - IT WILL!

6043 · May 07, 2012 at 12:05 AM

There's a lot to be said here.

  1. Breakfast is not necessary.
  2. Eggs and bacon.
  3. Omelette.
  4. Any "paleo" food that you would eat for lunch or dinner.
  5. Almond milk is conducive to bad health in my experience, likely due to the liberal use of thickening agents like guar gum in these products.
  6. Rice and corn based cereals are the most paleo cereals, and I wouldn't necessarily be so concerned about restricting safe starches.

998 · September 09, 2012 at 04:10 PM

I see this is a fairly old question, but... My son is a picky eater and I have learned to pick my battles. First, he wasn't diagnosed with his celiac disease until he was already 7 years old (like yours) but likely had it from birth. Therefore his relationship to food was already effed up. He ate tons of wheat-based foods, it was much like what people describe as the addiction to wheat, but he was also glad to find out the cause of his not feeling well and mood disorders so quite willingly eats glutenfree. I did not know about paleo when we first went glutenfree though I had given up processed glutenfree foods myself since I just felt better without them but for him I started down the path of glutenfree bread and pancakes etc... oops. Fast forward to today and he has added in a few veggies, eats lots of blueberries, and will eat salmon whereas he wouldn't even touch fish three years ago. He is not full-on paleo yet. Basically I have his waffle/pancake recipe to be about half almond flour and we teach him to limit his refined carbs. I bought the "Eat like a Dinosaur" cookbook because he is always willing to try a food that he picks out. That's another thing, when shopping I let him pick out a new veggie or fruit to try. He may not always like it but he will try it. This is not perfect but overall his diet has improved over time. Also, fried potatoes, om nom nom...

0 · September 08, 2012 at 10:41 PM

We are a mostly paleo family of 6. I get most of my recipes from WellnessMama.com, or fastpaleo.com. I also was a huge breakfast fan and was famous for my pancakes before going paleo. Here is my new version, paleo.http://fastpaleo.com/pancakes/ We do use real maple syrup. I also sometimes add in everyday chocolate chips which are soy, gluten, and dairy free. With that being said, I make one thing per meal and that's all there is period. When we leave the house I have very few restrictions, it gives all my kids the sense of freedom in their food choices. However we don't eat out ever! This freedom is birthday parties, relatives house, or sporting events. I also always have a snack on hand in case the food isn't what they wanted. Your husband needs to understand this is for everyone's health not a punishment. I had to explain the reasons for our switch so my husband could be on board. He now eats this way by choice even when at work or out with friends! He feels so much better he doesn't want to go back, plus he loves all the bacon and meat he now gets to eat. The begining is always the hardest but we are on month 10 and going strong.

0 · September 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM

Eggs and bacon are an easy one but here some of my favorite breakfast recipes for when the kids get bored.



Hope they enjoy them!

1230 · June 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM

For your son's breakfast, have you considered something like puffed rice and raw milk? Puffed rice, unlike grain cereals, is low in toxins and contains no gluten. Raw milk contains lactase, which has been known to help with lactose intolerance (I don't know if you ever said what kind of dairy intolerance your son has).

19504 · June 19, 2012 at 07:28 AM

You could try milk or cream over berries. Milk over white rice.

9387 · May 07, 2012 at 03:03 AM

What kid doesn't like bacon?

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