Inspired by Dawn at The Paleo Baby, Oliver’s Eats will be an occasional (perhaps weekly?) feature where I post some photos and a description of a meal — or day’s worth of meals — so you can get an idea of how Paleo eating works in the context of feeding a baby or toddler.

Tomorrow’s daycare lunch.

Left to right:

1. “Crepe” made from two jumbo sized eggs mixed with 2 tablespoons of whipping cream (strictly speaking, not Paleo, but an easy way to add extra fat), fried in grass-fed butter and cut into bite-sized pieces.
2. Multi-coloured heirloom cherry tomatoes, quartered. Cucumber sticks.
3. Cherries pieces, kiwi slices and watermelon.

Realistically, Oliver will eat most or all of the egg. He will sample all of the veggies and fruits, but will ultimately consume half (or less) of what he is given. Veggies and fruits tend to land on the floor with much greater frequency than proteins, so I pack extras to account for that. With the above selection, he will typically eat one or two cucumber sticks, one third to one half of the tomato pieces, a few pieces of cherry, one or two pieces of kiwi and all of the watermelon.

4 responses to “OLIVER’S EATS

  1. I love this idea, I’m looking forward to seeing more! My daughter is only 4 months old, but I absolutely want to be packing her lunch when she gets to be the age of eating solid food. I don’t want her eating the daycare provided meals… The only thing I’m nervous about for the future (I know it won’t matter in the beginning) is her wanting to be like her friends, or wondering why she’s different and not eating what they’re eating. That will be a whole other adventure, but years away! 🙂

    • I haven’t really figured out exactly how we will address that issue. I guess we still have a couple of years to figure it out, but you’re right – it’s definitely a biggie.

      We are really lucky that Oliver’s current daycare allows us to opt out of the lunch program, and that they will honour our request to refrain from giving him milk with his lunches and snacks.

  2. I’m willing to bet that, with a consistently simple approach to healthy eating habits, your child will instead be asking the other kids, “why the heck are you eating that fake looking stuff, instead of real food?” 😉

    • Wouldn’t that be awesome?! I’ve heard accounts from other Paleo parents that after a good foundation of Paleo eating, their older kids are actually quite acutely aware of how horrible they feel when they eat junk food. Apparently they self-regulate with very little parental intervention.

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