When I heard that Paleo Parents were coming out with a cookbook, I was ecstatic. I have followed their website/blog for some time and have loved witnessing their journey to better health - with the entire family on board.
Marilyn has been a paleo kid for as long as I've been a paleo adult. And really, the transition wasn't very difficult. We had a few ups and downs, but mostly, she is very proud of the way she eats. However, she does notice that she is pretty much alone. While other kids are eating pizza, snickers, and gobs of bread...she is eating spinach and egg muffins, venison burgers wrapped in lettuce, and gobs of apples. Once in awhile she'll ask for a treat, like those infamous candy coated discs of chocolate...and I'll give in. And I'm okay with that. We eat 99% clean paleo - and that 1% of the time that we treat (gluten free, mind you) is special. We're not afraid of food in this household. We know how our bodies react to it, and we plan accordingly, and treat accordingly.
Eat Like a Dinosaur celebrates eating healthy, and treating healthy as well. Marilyn was very excited to read the story inside - she could absolutely relate to the little boy as he talked about his family and their new lifestyle. I highly recommend this book to any family with children - struggling or not. Eating healthy (and really, ANY healthy lifestyle) can make a kid (and the entire family) feel alone. Marilyn mentioned that it's nice to know she isn't the only one who doesn't eat "unhealthy bread".
This book is Marilyn's. She adores having a cookbook all to herself, and it's been fun picking out recipes and seeing what allergen is or isn't inside. She has the colored sections memorized. There is a place for kids to add notes. There are symbols on the side of each recipe that allows you to identify the allergens. This is much more than a cookbook - this is a children's manual for nutrition. From the children's story and the recipes, to the lunchbox ideas...Paleo Parents covered it all.
So what have we tried so far?
- Sweet Potato Fries: Marilyn "didn't like" these in the past, but devoured them this time.
- Eggs in a Nest: This recipe is very much different from my own as it contains meat - and it was quite tasty!
- Deviled Bacony Eggs: I must admit I thought I'd hate these. I've never been a deviled eggs...but these were awesome. Marilyn thought they were "okay" - I think the texture threw her off some.
- Pumpkin Cider "Latte": You can find this recipe on the Paleo Parents' blog. It's so good. Perfect for a chilly, rainy day.
This book is not just for paleo/primal types. It's for any family dealing with food allergies. All recipes are dairy, wheat, peanut and soy free. Many are free of eggs, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts. Go and get yourself a copy today!