"How do you get your kids to eat that Paleo food?" is a question I get asked often. And the simple answer is, "I don't." Not really. When I started thinking about making healthy changes to my eating habits I must admit I was not really thinking about the kids. I'm a horrible parent, right? Well, let me explain. I've always been extra conscious about what I feed them. Me..not so much! We've never had soda or lots of sugary snacks in our house. I've always made sure there's plenty of fruits and vegetables they like at home. So, in retrospect their eating habits were way better than mine. I wouldn't eat a donut for breakfast & feed them oatmeal or anything like that. No, my main problems were portion control, late night snacking, and eating out. I ate my veggies, but I also ate the junk food!
As I continued my personal journey to eating healthy and I began the Paleo diet, I knew I would have to get creative with dinners. This is the main meal we eat together as a family and I've never been one to make my kids a different meal than ours. So, here's what I do: I make my main Paleo protein dish (steak, chicken, fish, etc) and I make a Paleo-friendly simple vegetable side dish the kids like too and then most days I'll add a carb to their meal, such as whole wheat pasta with ghee & parmesan cheese or whole wheat rolls. Another thing I like to do is make stir fry or fajitas. It's a one-bowl meal for me and for them I'll just add noodles, rice, or a tortilla. When I make spaghetti they'll have it over whole wheat pasta and I'll have mine over spaghetti squash. Tacos & burgers are easy too. I just put mine in a lettuce wrap or stuff a green pepper. I could go on, but I think you get the idea. I just tweak and work around it. There are certain meals I don't make anymore, such as shake n bake chicken or heavy pasta dishes like baked ziti or lasagna, but so far no one's missed them, except maybe me! hahah
Do I wish my entire family would eat Paleo with me? Sure. But it's not going to happen over night. We eat lots more gluten-free foods, rarely do the kids eat fast food, we have healthy snacks at home, and we're way more active. We are making positive healthy changes together as a family and I think that's the most important thing.