Primal Kids – Real Food for Growing Bodies!

Primal Kids Food | Paleo Kids Food

Long before I was a mother, I started watching kids eat. As a cafe waitress, I would cringe while serving family meals. For the parents: grilled chicken, steak or fish with salad or vegetables. For the kids: chips (french fries), a milkshake and maybe some chicken nuggets or a mini pizza. The kids food came frozen in a box with ingredients like hydrolyzed vegetable protein, thickeners, stabilizers, artificial flavours (like MSG) and colours, preservatives of every number, hydrogenated vegetable oils, refined flours, and maybe a bit of chicken scraps. Many of the kids knew better than to eat it. Their instincts kicked in and they would whine while the parents tried to co-erce their “picky eaters” into finishing the so-called food. Parents have somehow became convinced that kids won’t eat the same nutritious food as adults, but we’re here with Kaiya to debunk that myth and save your kids from “kid food”.

Primal Kids Food | Paleo Kids Food
Kids instinctively love real food!

In this video, Kaiya is 2 1/2  to just over 3 years old. Most adults are absolutely amazed by what Kaiya eats, as if she’s some alien child because she likes the same food that her parents do. But this food is simply all Kaiya knows, and all she has ever eaten her whole life. We are not wonder parents or health food nazis; we just serve Kaiya the same nutritious foods that we eat.

At 3 years and 2 months, Kaiya loves sweet potato, eggplant, red capsicum (bell pepper), beetroot (beets), green beans, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin, carrot, onion, garlic, sauerkraut, cabbage, cooked spinach, veggie juice, kale chips, rice, liver pate, nuts, fruit, chicken, fish, lamb, pork and beef. She does not like zucchini, asparagus, raw spinach, or cucumber. Besides those in the video, other meals she eats with us regularly are mild curries, osso bucco, liver and onions, pork belly roast with crackling, stir-fries, homemade soups, meatloaf, lamb shanks, and raw grated veg salads.

How to Get Your Kids Eating Primal Foods

Watch Primal Baby – Baby Led Weaning – No More Mashed Up Food or Separate Meals
Read 10 Ways to Kids Who Eat Healthier Than You
And get primal yourself, so you can be the best example for your kids!

Primal Baby – Baby Led Weaning – No More Mashed-Up Food!

Primal Baby Food | Paleo Baby Food

Note: ‘Primal Baby – Baby Led Weaning – No more mashed up food or separate meals!’ – This is a transcription of the video.

What is a Primal Baby?

Brad:
This is our daughter Kaiya. She just turned one year of age and this is the first in the series of videos we are doing on the Primal Baby / Kids. We are going to show you how we have been feeding her since the age of six months on whole foods and also want to show you this book “Baby-led Weaning” which we found to be really helpful for getting babies from breast feeding to the combination of breast feeding and eating solids. I will hand you over to my wife now (Bex) who will give you a bit more of the specifics about how we prepare her eating area, what sort of things she eats, and then there will be another video showing you like, a day in the life of, what she does actually eat.

Bex:
Before we eat, we spray Kaiya’s eating surface with plain white vinegar in a spray bottle, or pro-biotic spray…this is putting good bacteria on the surface, not ant-bacterial but pro-biotic. Then that way she can eat off the surface and throw her food around. Then we also put a plastic mat down on the floor underneath the chair, so if she drops food or if she throws food we can just put it back up on the table and she can continue to play and eat.

Kaiya’s meals are just as the same as ours. She has a wide variety of foods. The food is not puréed or mashed up. It’s served to her in smaller bits so she can hold on to it with her little hands. This type of feeding, not spoon-feeding and not mashing up the food, serves several purposes.

Primal Baby Food | Paleo Baby Food
Primal Baby – Kaiya was breast fed for 2 years and fed real solid food from the age of 6 months.

1/ It makes her very dexterous, as you can see she gets very good with her hands. She can pick up little tiny peas with her fingers, and she can hold large chicken drumsticks with her hands.

2/ She learns what food is, what it looks like, what it smells like, what the textures are like and she learns about all the different types of foods.

3/ She learns how far she can put food into her mouth. Babies’ gag reflexes are further forward than adults, so if they have a chance to learn how to move food around in their mouth, they can discover how far back they can go without choking. When she first started eating, she would gag up the food sometimes, but after a couple of weeks she stopped doing that, as she learned how far she can put the food.

4/ Lastly, but not least important, she learns how to chew. So rather than having food that’s all soupy and mashed she has real textures and she learns how to chew her food which is an important part of digestion.

For the following-up video, watch Primal Kids – Real Food for Growing Bodies!

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10 Ways to Kids Who Eat Healthier Than You

10 Ways to Kids Who Eat Healthier Than You

It’s right up there with temper tantrums and erratic sleep patterns, the most common complaints from parents, my kids won’t eat healthy food. If you relate to this, you probably resort to trickery and bribery to get your kids to eat vegetables, prepare separate kid meals daily, and resign yourself to the fact that all your kids will eat is chips and sausages. As frustrating as this can be, the good news is that kids are not born with a natural aversion to vegetables or an instinctive desire for sweets. Parents and carers, YOU – are the main influence on a child’s eating habits, and with the right approach, a healthy influence can easily be passed on, without frustration, bribes or extra cooking. Here are 10 ways to a healthy, food-loving family.

1. Be a Good Example for Your Kids

From birth to around age 7, children learn through imitation, an instinct that is so strong it rarely can be overpowered by direct teaching. What this means is that if we say one thing and do the other, a child will instinctively follow what we do, not what we say. So if you want your kids to eat nutritious meals, you need to do the same and let your kids see it. When you eat your nutritious food, enjoy it and talk honestly about the foods you find delicious. Show more enthusiasm for lamb cutlet and broccoli night than you do for take-away food night, and your child will learn that healthy food is the norm, while junk food is only eaten occasionally.

2. Eat Together

The best way to be a good example is to eat with your kids as often as possible. Kids love to spend time with their parents and carers, so make mealtimes a happy, relaxed time that kids will look forward to. Babies will imitate the motions of putting food in the mouth, good chewing and eventually cutlery use, and then grow into toddlers who inherit their parents’ enjoyment of food. High chairs, strict manners, and formal family meals at the table are not necessary…all that matters is that you are together and you make it work for your family. For example, if your child eats dinner too early because of bedtime, eat a small portion with your child, and then eat again when the rest of the family gets home. Same Healthy Meal for Kids and Parents

3. Serve the Same Meal for Everyone

Why do we need kid’s menus? Who decided that kids will only eat macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers? There is absolutely no need to prepare separate food for your child or even your baby. Obviously food can be cut into smaller pieces or steamed a bit longer for softness, and strong or spicy sauces can be added to adult plates at the table if needed. But by always eating the same food, you are showing your child that there is no difference between food for adults and food for kids. Don’t fret about the exceptions…your child will happily take your word for it that wine is only for adults.

4. Provide, then Let The Kids Decide

My nutritionist friend’s motto for feeding kids is: With food, the parent decides what and when; the child decides if and how much. As the parent, you are in charge of choosing what your family eats, so make one meal for everyone and don’t run back into the kitchen to get something different for a finicky child. The child then decides if and how much of that meal they want to eat. Provide a variety of foods and don’t worry, they won’t let themselves starve. If your child demands a different meal, gently but firmly remind them that “This is what we are all having for dinner”, and they will eventually learn to appreciate what you have provided. By allowing them to decide if and how much they eat, they will learn their own tastes and how to gauge their fullness.

5. Keep Mealtimes Routine

We all know that kid’s sleep habits thrive on regular bedtime rituals, and mealtimes are the same. If meals are roughly at the same time each day, kids are less likely to be tired or wound-up at the table, because playing and sleeping have their own time around meals. Keeping regular times and rituals for daily meals also gives kids a feeling of security and stability as the child not only knows what to expect, but can look forward to it. Kids delight in rituals, from helping set the table, getting the bib from the cupboard, and choosing which water cup to use, to giving thanks for the food, or blowing out the candle after dinner.

6. Include Plenty of Variety

Since your child won’t be ordering his meals from a menu, or selecting his favourites from the fridge, give your child the pleasure of choice by offering as much variety as possible. This is two-fold: the first is providing variety throughout the week to keep things interesting and give exposure to many types of foods; the second is providing variety on each plate. The more types of foods you offer on one plate, the more colourful and exciting the meal, and the more likely there will be something that the child will like. Plus, kids can discover which foods they prefer, which go well together, and enjoy the satisfaction of having choices.

7. Allow Plenty of Time for the Kids to Eat

Unlike many adults who tend to rush through meals in 10 minutes, kids take their time getting through their food. This is where parents should learn from their child’s example and slow down. Give kids time to finish their meals without rushing them or trying to force feed. If lunch often lasts 40 minutes for your child, then plan for it. Treat mealtimes as an activity, not a chore to be rushed through. In addition, exercise patience in the time it sometimes takes for your child to acquire interest or a taste for a certain food. They may not like green beans today, but tasted change over time, as long as there’s no pressure.

8. Involve Kids in Purchase and Preparation

Let your kids help you when buying and preparing food, or at the very least, talk to them about what foods you are putting in the shopping basket or chopping for the casserole. Even small babies can hold and smell vegetables and herbs at the market, and watch you create dishes in the kitchen. The more kids feel familiar with various foods, they more interest they will take in them on their plates. In no time, they will be excited about finding the broccoli at the market and remembering that pumpkin goes into their favourite soup. Kids Love Whole Healthy Foods

9. Start Early…or Start Over

As soon as your baby is ready to try solid foods, make nutritious shared meals the norm for your family. Even if at first your baby only plays with or spits out their food, they are still learning about nutritious whole foods and healthy eating habits from the start. If you didn’t start early and now have a finicky toddler, it’s not too late. Just start over with your approach, using this helpful article! Whether starting early or starting over, the book “Baby-Led Weaning” is a great resource for introducing food without purees or spoon-feeding. The benefits are endless for babies AND parents.

10. Make it Delicious and With Love

When your child refuses to eat his greens, look at them, taste them, and ask yourself, “Would I want to eat that?” Of course your child will choose junk food over vegetables if the veggies are over-cooked and bland. Children have taste buds too, and so they desire delicious, flavourful meals. Unfortunately, in our time-poor, fast-food, pre-bottled society, we have forgotten how to prepare nutritious meals that are also delicious. A simple tip is to use some of nature’s flavour enhancers at every meal: various fresh and dried herbs, a wealth of spices, lemon juice, olive oil, many types of vinegar, unrefined sea salt, and good-quality real butter. Serve delicious meals and your kids will not only love nutritious food, they will appreciate the time and love you put into nourishing them.

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