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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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:
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.
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.
flying fish roe on rice crackers
straight up butter
mashed sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon
chicken hearts and gizzards dipped in mustard
gnawing lamb shoulder steak right off of the bone
guacamole (he likes it full speed, with garlic, onion, jalepeno)
homemade french fries (sweet or regular)
whole cooked trout (he likes the eyes for some reason)
sushi (pickled ginger is a favorite with him too)
hard boiled eggs
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).
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.
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.
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.