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Hack My Kid's Snack

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Created July 29, 2011 at 4:20 AM

Background: My 10 month old has been Paleo (plus cheese) since birth. We could literally count the times she has had non-Paleo foods on one hand. She typically eats whenever and whatever I do, so unless you count when she nurses, she hardly ever snacks.

Today during a play date, my babe discovered my friend's puffs/crackers. She. Flipped. Out. You would have thought I was starving her. She completely rejected my offers of snacks (freeze dried mango). I'm thinking it was the texture or maybe the salty taste - she's not very impressed with sweets. Also, I have to say I envied the convenience too - THEY AREN'T STICKY like fruit or messy like cooked vegetables.

SO, is there any Paleo recipe for a baby-friendly cracker/chip/Goldfish-like snack?

Edit - I'm not looking for a Paleo-cheetos. Maybe I went the wrong direction with this post. Instead, I'm searching for a portable, not messy snack that is achieved by SAD crackers/creepy Gerber puffs.

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30 · June 19, 2012 at 3:33 AM

Actually the spores aren't killed by high temperature. It's your stomach acid that kills them, and babies don't have strong enough acid until around one.

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12369 · August 12, 2011 at 11:09 PM

just make sure the honey is pastuerized and it's no problem

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20519 · July 30, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Woah, I had no idea - have seen babies given honey before so didn't think it was an issue. Thanks for the tip!! I always figure when food is discussed that people just adapt for their needs as we don't all know 100% what the deal is. Thanks again, def. making a note of it :)

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3808 · July 30, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Honey isn't a good sweetener for babies under a year, even in small amounts. It contains botulism spores that their digestive/immune systems aren't yet equipped to deal with.

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2640 · July 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Thanks for all the great responses. It definitely makes sense to think about the fast metabolisms of children and the ability for them to nurse whenever they pleased as cave babies and how we would need to compensate for that in this day and age.

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547 · July 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

I honestly never thought about snacks UNTIL yesterday - and she is almost 11 months old! She typically eats 3 meals a day BUT she still nurses anywhere from 5-8 times a day. I guess that's been her snacks - until she realizes other kids have these cheesy, salty garbage. Paleo man probably did not carry around snacks but babies were never separated from mamas and had free access to boob.

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547 · July 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Yes! That's what I'm lookin' for! Thanks!

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2047 · July 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

You can also do this with any shredded cheese...they're delicious!

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1801 · July 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

My kids are 2 & 3 - they're quite happy to snack on fruit and nuts.

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1049 · July 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM

At that age yes. Their stomachs are small and can't hold so much food and they are burning off a lot..so need regular little meals/snacks. Some people continue to give snacks to older kids healthy or not, which actually is not necessary. I find it messes up the appetite at meal time. Also, I like my daughter to be able to "hold off" when she's hungry, since eating Paleo does not always mean having good stuff at hand. As for cave people's babies: They were most likely snacking on 'boob" till age three.

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2825 · July 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Babies and toddlers have very fast metabolisms (like, we see lunch again in 2-3 hours sometimes) and can be picky, often refusing food at mealtimes. We give ours food when he asks for it regardless of whether it's been an hour or five minutes since he had lunch. I don't think he'd wither up and float away otherwise, but I do respect meeting his desire for food when it arises.

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2729 · July 29, 2011 at 5:35 AM

Al- a big hit with my toddler is "spinach bites." I steam one of those big boxes of fresh spinach (I think the box is about two bags' worth? I'm not big on precision...) with one bunch of kale (or collards, chard, whatever). While it's steaming, sautee some onions and garlic. Pulverize some dried mushrooms in the food processor, add greens and onions and garlic, continue pulverizing, then blend in two eggs. Drop like cookies on cookie sheets and bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes. Portable, tidy (ish), super healthy. My child ate an entire batch of these in two days.

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547 · July 29, 2011 at 5:05 AM

See, that's what I have been doing and I agree. Maybe I asked the wrong question. Instead I should have asked for a clean, portable snack,

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1960 · July 29, 2011 at 5:05 AM

"She's 10 months old. Wave something shiny in front of her face and she'll forget about the snack." Best.Answer.Today!

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3501 · July 29, 2011 at 5:03 AM

those are great...I make them at home. Just slap some cheese on a nonstick (I use a silpat), stick it in the oven and voila...crunchy little snack! If you're desperate and in a hurry and not microwave phobic you can also do it that way.

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10919 · July 29, 2011 at 5:00 AM

Yes, good answer.

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2949 · July 29, 2011 at 4:55 AM

Great answer Liz

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547 · July 29, 2011 at 4:44 AM

That's what I have been doing since day one (hence why I started with a little background) and that's kind of a lazy answer. Should I just let her eat others' snacks when we are out?

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7540 · July 29, 2011 at 4:26 AM

Wouldn't it be better to avoid setting her up to acquire a taste for snack-type foods?

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2729 · July 29, 2011 at 4:49 AM

She's 10 months old. Wave something shiny in front of her face and she'll forget about the snack. I don't think it's a good idea to get kids used to crunchy crispy "paleo-ized" versions of junk food. Keep feeding her real food. I have an 18-month-old and when he gets ahold of some other kid's goldfish cracker or chip, I take it away and offer him his healthy, real food snack. Of course he fusses and initially rejects the spinach bite or meatball, but when he realizes I'm not changing my mind, he either accepts the snack or forgets about it and goes and plays.

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547 · July 29, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Yes! That's what I'm lookin' for! Thanks!

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2729 · July 29, 2011 at 5:35 AM

Al- a big hit with my toddler is "spinach bites." I steam one of those big boxes of fresh spinach (I think the box is about two bags' worth? I'm not big on precision...) with one bunch of kale (or collards, chard, whatever). While it's steaming, sautee some onions and garlic. Pulverize some dried mushrooms in the food processor, add greens and onions and garlic, continue pulverizing, then blend in two eggs. Drop like cookies on cookie sheets and bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes. Portable, tidy (ish), super healthy. My child ate an entire batch of these in two days.

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547 · July 29, 2011 at 5:05 AM

See, that's what I have been doing and I agree. Maybe I asked the wrong question. Instead I should have asked for a clean, portable snack,

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1960 · July 29, 2011 at 5:05 AM

"She's 10 months old. Wave something shiny in front of her face and she'll forget about the snack." Best.Answer.Today!

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10919 · July 29, 2011 at 5:00 AM

Yes, good answer.

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2949 · July 29, 2011 at 4:55 AM

Great answer Liz

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7540 · July 29, 2011 at 4:37 AM

Since she eats cheese, what about those baked parmesan chip things? (this is what I mean: http://www.mealsmatter.org/recipes-meals/recipe/8867)

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2047 · July 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

You can also do this with any shredded cheese...they're delicious!

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3501 · July 29, 2011 at 5:03 AM

those are great...I make them at home. Just slap some cheese on a nonstick (I use a silpat), stick it in the oven and voila...crunchy little snack! If you're desperate and in a hurry and not microwave phobic you can also do it that way.

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20519 · July 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Hmm.. what about making your own "goldfish" crackers? I've seen teeny cutters in fish, and other shapes, and if you just change out what goes into the mix you could do a wide variety. Fold in cheese, herbs, etc. I would totally do one batch, see how they go, then do a double batch, divide the dough, make a couple different flavours, bake then freeze so you're not having to go crazy in the kitchen all the time - just pull out the treats as needed.

Actually, you could even play with extracts and aromatic waters, maybe some orange blossom water with a little orange zest and make little sweet ones with maybe a teeny hit of raw honey. Sorry.. am thinking as I'm writing :) Good luck!!!

Here is Mark Sisson's cracker recipe:

2 cups blanched almond flour; ?? teaspoon celtic sea salt; 2 tablespoons Herbes de Provence 1 tablespoon olive oil; 2 tablespoons water

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and and Herbes de Provence

In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil and water

Stir wet ingredients into almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined

Roll the dough into a ball and press between 2 sheets of parchment paper to ??? inch thickness

Remove top piece of parchment paper

Transfer the bottom piece with rolled out dough onto baking sheet

Cut dough into 2-inch squares with a knife or pizza cutter

Bake at 350?? for 9-11 minutes, until lightly golden

Let crackers cool on baking sheet for 20 minutes, then serve

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30 · June 19, 2012 at 3:33 AM

Actually the spores aren't killed by high temperature. It's your stomach acid that kills them, and babies don't have strong enough acid until around one.

Medium avatar
12369 · August 12, 2011 at 11:09 PM

just make sure the honey is pastuerized and it's no problem

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20519 · July 30, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Woah, I had no idea - have seen babies given honey before so didn't think it was an issue. Thanks for the tip!! I always figure when food is discussed that people just adapt for their needs as we don't all know 100% what the deal is. Thanks again, def. making a note of it :)

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3808 · July 30, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Honey isn't a good sweetener for babies under a year, even in small amounts. It contains botulism spores that their digestive/immune systems aren't yet equipped to deal with.

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24538 · July 29, 2011 at 7:06 AM

My little guy has been crazy about seaweed snacks and nori sheets since he was about 9 months old. We just make sure to rip it into small enough pieces to keep him from choking. He really likes beef jerky if it is broken down into 1/4" or smaller bits too. We haven't tried them yet but I keep meaning to get a bag of the teeny tiny dried fish they have for sale at the asian grocery store we go to. They look like they'd satisfy salty crunchy cravings.

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2640 · July 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I know this isn't really an answer but your question legitimately makes me wonder (as a childless person), do children really need to have snacks? I just don't understand why we treat children like they're going to wither up and float away if they don't eat more than just the normal 3 meals a day. When I think about what it must've been like as a Hunter-Gatherer I can't imagine the cave people's babies were constantly snacking.

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2640 · July 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Thanks for all the great responses. It definitely makes sense to think about the fast metabolisms of children and the ability for them to nurse whenever they pleased as cave babies and how we would need to compensate for that in this day and age.

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547 · July 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

I honestly never thought about snacks UNTIL yesterday - and she is almost 11 months old! She typically eats 3 meals a day BUT she still nurses anywhere from 5-8 times a day. I guess that's been her snacks - until she realizes other kids have these cheesy, salty garbage. Paleo man probably did not carry around snacks but babies were never separated from mamas and had free access to boob.

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1801 · July 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

My kids are 2 & 3 - they're quite happy to snack on fruit and nuts.

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1049 · July 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM

At that age yes. Their stomachs are small and can't hold so much food and they are burning off a lot..so need regular little meals/snacks. Some people continue to give snacks to older kids healthy or not, which actually is not necessary. I find it messes up the appetite at meal time. Also, I like my daughter to be able to "hold off" when she's hungry, since eating Paleo does not always mean having good stuff at hand. As for cave people's babies: They were most likely snacking on 'boob" till age three.

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2825 · July 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Babies and toddlers have very fast metabolisms (like, we see lunch again in 2-3 hours sometimes) and can be picky, often refusing food at mealtimes. We give ours food when he asks for it regardless of whether it's been an hour or five minutes since he had lunch. I don't think he'd wither up and float away otherwise, but I do respect meeting his desire for food when it arises.

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