Recently I read a post by another blogger who was lamenting that her daughter had to stop eating gluten and dairy for health reasons. She wrote in her post that although she herself had stopped eating gluten a while ago, she was absolutely stumped as to what she could feed her kid.
I made a comment that what I found worked the best when giving up dairy was not to try to find replacements (Thank you It Start’s With Food for that idea), but rather to focus on meals that don’t call for dairy at all. Her response? “Yes, I don’t want to replace dairy with fake cheese etc, but what do I feed her?!”
….How about vegetables? Meat? Fruit? Legumes (if you’re not paleo).
I kept re-reading her post and her response to mine and other’s comments. This blogger knows what real food is. She’s been gluten free herself for a few years now. And as far as I can tell, feeds her children a “clean” diet. What was I missing?
Finally I realized what was the problem. “Kid food.” Salads, steak, stews. These aren’t considered “kid foods.” What do we feed kids? Mini sandwiches, hot dogs, pizzas, chicken fingers, yogurt cups, string cheese, milk, juice boxes. Even if you feed your kids a “clean, real food diet” you might still stick with versions of these when feeding your children.
This concept of kid food still blows my mind. I’m almost 90% positive it’s just an American thing. Almost every restaurant that is considered “kid friendly” has a kid’s menu. And it’s always the same foods: Pizza, hotdogs, chicken fingers, cheese burgers, grilled cheese. As if kids won’t like or will refuse to eat anything else.
Fact: kids will eat what you give them to eat. You’re the parent. Don’t know what you’ll feed them if you can’t give them pasta or string cheese? How about you start with what’s on your own plate?