I would like to get my kids to eat more fat. They don't like coconut oil, but I slipped it into a smoothie today. They thought there was something wrong with it...'what did I put into it?,' they said.
I give them bacon which they do like. They also like cheese & yoghurt.
How do I get them to eat more butter? Putting it on crackers or bread would just add refined carbs that I am trying to avoid. I cook eggs in butter or coconut oil, but they don't like to eat eggs everyday. And of course there is the obvious to add it to cooked veggies.
What are some other ways to add butter and other fats to diet? They eat grass-fed beef (with all the fat), but that's mostly a dinner item.
Trying to get the family to leave the SAD behind, is taking patience, but I am not giving up! If I can't get grass-fed butter, is it still a good choice of nutrients?
You can try putting heavy cream into a smoothie. They might like that better, if you are doing diary. Fatty sauces are also good, either with cream or coconut oil or some such. What meat does not taste great with a nice fatty sauce all over it! I also make whipped cream with heavy cream and a dash or splenda and sometimes a dash of chocolate. Deep frying stuff like chicken coated with egg and coconut flour is a way for the chicken to soak up more fat in the fry process. I also like to slather parmesan cheese or blue cheese on top of things. Steak tastes great cooked with a heap of blue cheese on top!
Edit to add: forgot to mention, I think coconut MILK is very tasty in a smoothy. Haven't tried coconut oil yet. The milk has a lot of good tasty saturated fat as well. Plus coconut milk would not be considered 'weird.' Many nonpaleos consume coconut milk smoothies just for taste. I personally prefer it over milk.
Fatty meats would be my first move. Most kids instinctively like the fat on the outer edge of lamb chops and steak, and a good pork roast with generous crackling is a winner! Fatty fish like salmon is a good plan, too.
Avocado is good, but if they don't like the flavour on its own, try my Choc-Avocado Mousse. Add honey or maple syrup, and serve it with whipped heavy cream to create more of a milk chocolate flavour, if they can't take the richness of dark chocolate.
Coconut cream in curries is another tasty choice - try my Coconut Chicken Curry.
Then there are nuts - choose high-fat ones like macadamia for a tasty treat. You could even use macadamia nuts and others when preparing my Grain-free Granola so they get some healthy fats at breakfast.
And don't forget that egg yolks are a good source of fat and many other nutrients, and can be used in all sorts of tasty concoctions. If they already love bacon, how about Bacon-wrapped Frittata?
Almond pancakes topped with whipped cream, fruit and bacon is always going to go down well, too!
Finally, if you want to use crackers as a base for butter or soft, fatty cheeses like brie, try my Sunflower Sesame Crackers for a refined-carb-free option.
This has ended up sounding like a promotion for my blog ;) But recipes help 'disguise' fats, and also provide tasty ways for kids to enjoy healthy eating, rather then trying to shove plain butter and coconut oil down their throats.
I hope you'll write again and let us know how you went!
I think take baby steps. First, make sure all your diary (milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.) are full-fat (~4%) varieties. Next slowly start adding a little less sugar and a little more fat to the foods you already make. If you guys are eating yogurt, buy plain and add a little jam or fruit on your own. The amount of sugar added to the flavored varieties is astounding. No sane person would spoon that much sugar into any food they were going to eat. Finally, as has already been said, make fatty sauces to put over food that you may already be eating. Good luck.
Soups and stews are one of the easiest ways to add extra butter. I haven't met a soup yet that doesn't benefit from copious amounts of butter. It's also an opportunity to get homemade bone broth into them.
First, why do they need more fat? Are they eating a lot of refined carbohydrate?
Second, What type of coconut oil are you using? Unrefined is best, and doesn't add much flavor.
Third, Have you tried making chocolate mousse with avocado?
LisaW, How long have you been trying to improve your children's diet? If you have obstacles (like school, grandparents, HUSBAND) it will take longer than you might hope.
If you're dealing with children who immediately announce they don't like something, please try a new deal - they must take three normal bites of a new food/dish on THREE separate occasions before rejecting it completely. Then, after each introduction, ask them for specific things they don't like. Often, if it is texture, you can prepare it a different way. If it is taste AND texture, the three times will help you know if they just aren't used to it, or if they really hate it.
You may have to take this more slowly try introducing simple substitutions for some foods and slowly eliminating them. If their Dad isn't supportive of any of what you're doing, they'll throw "but Dad doesn't have to eat it" at you, and frankly, that's a tough objection to remove.
Fat in and of itself will NOT change your children's taste buds from the refined foods to other things. Remember that one missed meal (if they don't like it, and have done their three bites agreement), won't cause death by starvation.
Get them involved in the shopping AND preparation of food. First, they'll understand where food comes from and the commitment it takes to prepare it for consumption. Second, they'll learn to cook. Third, they may come to dislike the chemicals infused in food and reject it for freshly made. Fourth, if you're eating out a LOT, stop. That alone will help accelerate your efforts.
Lastly, subscribe to the 100 days of real food blog. This mother of two girls, aged 3 and 5 chronicles her attempts to improve. It's been over 75 days, and her kids don't clamor for refined unhealthy foods anymore. Let me warn you -- this was a HUGE task on her behalf, and her chronicles might help your efforts. Check out her blog here: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/. She has a companion site for recipes called Food Illusion. That link is on her 100 days blog.
Good luck! And be patient. You WILL prevail!
Err, how is indiscriminately adding fat/butter to your family's diet useful? It's good if you're replacing say margarine with butter, but randomly chugging butter is not a practice I'd recommend. It's nice and all, but it's not a magic bullet. Same goes for coconut oil (Oil in any drink is not something I'd serve to anyone without their consent). Just eat a whole foods diet and get rid of this idea that you need to supplement your diet with fat..
They won't eat vegetables smothered with butter? We use Kerrygold every night on either zucchini, bok choi, daikon, or asparagus (and I add sea salt to mine), and it makes these otherwise boring veggies wonderful.
Butter vs Coconut Oil 7 Answers