I receive lots of questions regarding feeding kids Paleo…What do I do for snacks? If you don’t feed them peanut butter and jelly for lunch, what do they eat? How do you survive breakfast without boxes of cereal?
To be completely honest, all of these questions use to induce fear in me…What will I feed my kids for snacks if I can’t give them Goldfish crackers? How can I throw together a quick lunch if I can’t make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? What do I make for breakfast on hectic mornings?
Just like with every other aspect of making the switch to paleo, you will go through an adjustment period. I can tell you that it gets much easier once you get through this period, though.
Here is a list of some of my kids favorite snacks and meals. I try to keep many of these snacks on hand most of the time. (They also make great lunch items for my daughter’s school lunches!) Besides the dishes listed below, I also feed them all the recipes I post unless I state otherwise.
I keep a container in both the fridge and pantry of snacks. My kids know that anything is these boxes is fair game for snack time!
- Larabar (just read the label, some contain peanuts!) Homemade Lara Bars
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Trail mix (especially Chocolate Trail Mix)
- Freeze-dried fruits
- Plantain Chips
- Paleo muffins or breads (only occasionally)
- Veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes) with guacamole
- Veggies (carrots and celery) with almond butter
- Almond butter and apples
- Justin’s Maple Almond Butter packs (homemade version! Paleo Maple Almond Butter Snack Packs)
- Beef, Venison, or Turkey Jerky
- Deviled Eggs
- Kale Chips
- Whatever Leftovers I have from the night before
- Ham or Turkey Roll-ups (I prefer Applegate Farms brand)
- Go-To Meatballs
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Sardines mixed with avocado and hot sauce (I know- it sounds gross to me too!)
- Rotisserie Chickens