Let talk about kids and Whole30. I have three kids, a 5-year-old and 3-year-old twins. Getting kids to eat healthy with the overwhelming plethora the processed- taste-bud tickling chemical blasted “goodness” out there is hard. I totally get it. My kids have never done a Whole30 and that is not in my nutrition and health plan for them, but they do unknowingly have plenty of Whole30 meals on the regular.
They love dump ranch, taste the homemade mayo after helping me make it and ask for more, and sometimes request easy ground beef stir-fry. Over the past two years I have slowly been integrating better food choices into their diets. This does not mean that they eat clean all the time or even half of the time, but it does mean that they have had exposure to lots of different options and that I typically try and minimize the overly processed kids snacks I keep in the house.
I am constantly trying out new things and telling them that they need to try things multiple different times before their tastebuds decide if they like it or not. Sometimes I am floored with what they like (seaweed is a favorite and I can get them to do anything for seaweed!!!), and other times they make the dramatic gagging sounds at something I give them, but regardless if they like it or not, the exposure is there.
It’s not always easy but it’s doable! Here are some of my favorite kid-approved Whole30 recipes:
Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken: Super easy to make and definitely a family favorite. The crunchy and savory chicken pairs well as a protein with veggie slices, salad or any other fresh or cooked veggies.
The Defined Dish’s Easy Ground Beef Stir-fry: I used to make this with cauliflower rice for myself and regular rice for my kids, but I was out of rice and just gave them the stir-fry last week and they all cleared their plates without needing the rice. This recipe is quick, easy and delicious.
Paleo Running Momma’s Whole30 Shepard’s Pie: Paleo Running Momma has a delicious recipe for Shepard’s Pie. It is Whole30 compliant and a family favorite, especially as we are slowly heading towards a cooler fall season.
Scrambled eggs with coconut milk, a pinch of sea salt and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast: We have scrambled eggs at least once a week. They are super easy and very inexpensive. I started making my kids eggs with coconut milk a while back and I found that they are much fluffier and don’t need to include cheese to be kid-approved.
Romaine turkey tacos: This is one of my favorite easy lunches. My son ate it one day and was obsessed. It’s an easy lunch option. Use one or two pieces of romaine, put some Whole30 mayo, two slices of Plainville sliced turkey breast, a sliced pickle and some “Mama’s sprinkles” AKA Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning.
Consider The Leaf Turned’s Orange Sesame Chicken: Ever miss Chinese food? This will hit the spot and is a favorite with my kids.
Whole30 kid-friendly means don’t have to be complicated. Sometimes it is just about subbing out some non-compliant ingredients for some better compliant choices. There are so many different options out there
Some of my favorite kid-friendly substitutions are no sugar added sun butter for peanut butter, homemade mayo for store-bought mayo with sugar, dump ranch for other dressing or dip, and ghee for butter.
In our house, favorite Whole30 kid-friendly snacks include dried seaweed, celery with sun butter and raisins, and homemade plantain chips with guacamole.
What do you feed your kids? Happy cooking!