How to Get Your Kids to Eat Paleo

  • You want your kids to be healthy.
  • You want them to grow up strong and smart and self-confident.

And yet…most parents feed their children the type of foods…

  • Breakfast cereals & juice/fruit drink for breakfast
  • Processed grains (bread/pasta), cheese and processed meats for lunch
  • More of the same + uber-sugary dessert for dinner

….that lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, bullying, insecurity, and a whack of bad habits to pass on to your grandchildren.

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Problem is…children come equipped under-developed palates that need to be developed in order for them to like “healthy” food.

And no parent wants meal time to be always be a battle where everyone ends up frustrated and the kids refuse to eat their broccoli and cauliflower.

Lucky for us, I have found two amazing books to help parents get their kids to eat Paleo…or at least eat gluten-free and infinitely more healthy than all their little classmates.

Paleo Pals

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Paleo Pals is a children’s story book aimed at kids between 4 and 8 years old.

Written by Paleo-foodie Sarah Fragoso, it tells the tale of three under-age super-heroes named Piper, Phoenix, and Parker who travel the land helping other children learn about living the healthiest, most exciting, most super lives possible. They are known as The Paleo Pals, and this is a story about how they help out Jimmy, a little boy who is not sure if eating paleo food is even one tiny bit exciting or super.

And just like Jimmy, odds are your little munchkins will be too interested in the story and drawings to realize that they are being brainwashed into:

  1. Eating vegetables
  2. Preparing meals with their parents
  3. Spreading the “gospel” of Paleo just like Piper, Phoenix and Parker.

Eat Like a Dinosaur

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I just finished beta-testing this book on some of my clients with little kids and it was another huge hit.

It’s a little less story-book and a little more recipe-book than Paleo Pals and the Moms that reviewed it for me said that the two books work really well together.

And on a personal note, the recipes in this book are definitely not little-kiddie recipes. For breakfast this morning, I had a slab of the Bacon, Kale and Black Olive Egg Pie (aka quiche) found on page. 75.

It’s just about the best beginner-Paleo recipe book that I have read – adults or kids.

The book is written by Matt and Stacy, the original Paleo Parents, and is designed to show you how to make the Paleo transformation in your family’s life. With positivity, practicality and an appreciation for the fact that even the healthiest children sometimes want cupcakes and chicken nuggets—this book simply provides healthier ways to give kids the foods they love.

Seriously…I can’t say enough for these two books. If you want your kids to be healthy, you have to get them to eat healthy. And these two books will definitely help.

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.

1 Comment

  1. Coll

    March 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for sharing the books! I have been looking for similar type of books to get kids to eat fruits, veggies and meat. I work with kids with feeding disorders, and my experience has been, to shape their palates when they are young, by offering them the food that you want them to eat (meaning dont give them sugar processed foods). I often wonder too about moms diet while pregnant and the effect it has on a baby’s preferences. Also let them see you eating the same food as you want them to eat. Monkey see monkey do!