Picky eaters can put parents over the edge. (Along with Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, friends with kids, etc.) The kids that only want to eat three things for dinner but junk food is fair game. You know the child. They could be yours, a niece or nephew, your bff’s kid, but we all know at least one. We try to introduce new foods. Look at magazines for help, but when they show you a hot dog cut as an octopus, it’s really no help because it’s still a hot dog…. Make some thing with asparagus, now that will impress me!
I was blessed with a child who loves vegetables but even she had her moments. When she was about 2-1/2 my mom tried giving her creamed spinach. From then on just the word brought on near PTSD flash backs of the incident. Then she discovered lasagna Florentine and wedding soup. When she asked what the green stuff was I thought quickly and answered “Italian parsley”. And so it stayed for several years. At 23 my daughter is still an avid vegetable eater and a great cook because she’s not afraid to try new things or combinations. To the point that my husband and I will only eat Brussels sprouts if she’s cooking them!
The goal is to get them to eat and to eat well. Not junk, but well balanced meals. Of course there’s bribery, eat your dinner and you can have dessert. But for those of us who really are trying to eat healthy, we really struggle with offering desserts.
In my opinion, one of the joys of parenting is trickery. Getting away with something in front of your kids is empowering. Don’t believe me? Tell me you don’t have a cheesy grin when your child comes running into the room to tell you that the tooth fairy came, right? Admit it.
So what if they’re clawing tooth and nail to get at dessert and dessert is actually good for them? I know, the possibilities are mind blowing really. That’s where paleo comes in. Even if you don’t follow the diet and just want to make some healthier choices for you and your family, paleo desserts are the way to go. The key here is to NOT let them help in the kitchen (normally I’m down for having them right there with you, but subversive activity requires secrecy.)
So what is “Paleo”? Its a plant and meat based diet. No grains, dairy, soy or legumes. It’s become very popular and it’s very good for you. It’s perfect for the person with food sensitivities (lactose or gluten intolerance, allergies, etc), autism, diabetes, arthritis, etc. Needless to say to maintain no grains, dairy, soy or legumes, cooking and recipes can get quite creative.
I mean sure, you expect bananas in these delectable Banana Cinnamon Chocolate muffins.
….but no flour? (by TaylorMadeItPaleo)
But what if I told you these brownies had no flour or nuts and was made with sweet potatoes? (by EatDrinkPaleo) Do I have your interest now?
What if I told you that these frosted cupcakes…. (by LivingLowCarb),
... and this smooth and delicious chocolate pudding (by HowSweetItIs),
… and even this creamy delicious milkshake (by MeaningfulEats),
… all have avocados in them! Oh yeah, and they’re dairy free!
We’re always hearing about how avocados are so good for you, packed with nutrition, but unless you make guacamole or put them on a sandwich or salad, can be at a loss on how to eat them. These are great ways to get what your body needs while providing what the mouth and mind want as well. :)
Okay, so I’m also going to mention that sometimes it’s not the kids that are picky… it’s the adults. It’s the husband that needs to cut a few pounds or the aging parents that have developed a bit of a sweet tooth that can also be hard to feed too. Trying to argue with an aging parent about desserts sometimes can be like asking for a kidney. If you’ve done it you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t done it, just wait. These can be the perfect desserts to give them the extra nutrition they need without the carbs, calories and filler they don’t. Drop over for a visit and bring dessert and leave the pan. Tell them you made extras and you thought they would like them (or better yet, that the kids didn’t need that many sweets in the house LOL). Remember when they made you eat liver? Now’s your revenge. Enjoy!