Easter can be a challenging holiday for those families who are trying to maintain a “Primal” household (our’s included)! The Easter Bunny tends to leave a few dark chocolate morsels for the boys along with little toys and a few fun activities.
A couple days ago the boys got to split one of their “big” chocolate eggs as a special treat. As my just-turned-5-year-old bit in and tasted the coconut filling, his eyes lit up and he said, “Well, I guess the Easter Bunny knows PALEO”!! It was awesome.
This moment reminded me of a few other recent words from THIS paleo kid that I thought would be fun to share.
• Earlier this winter we were out sledding with the kids and our then 4-year-old was using a shovel to bank the run. My friend said to him, “wow, you are doing some really good work” and he responded with, “that’s because of my strong PALEO arms.”
• About a month ago he came home from preschool boasting about the graham cracker snack his teachers gave out in the classroom. My husband preceded to inquire more and our son said, “well, Dad, they don’t know how I eat so they just give me whatever everyone is having.” Well, I guess he knows he eats a little different than most of his friends, but what I love is that it doesn’t really bother him. I think he appreciates how we do eat most of the time.
• Last week my husband was in Alaska on ski trip and we were fortunate enough to be able to talk to him on FaceTime everyday. Early on in his trip he was telling us about the lodge where he was staying and what he had just eaten for breakfast (eggs, deer sausage and fruit). “Sounds like you have some good PALEO options there,” was our son’s comment!!
• Most recently, we had a night of big awesome salads for dinner with left over ham from Easter. I had spread out all the fixings on the table for everyone to put their own creations together. In one of the bowls was freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (Organic Valley raw). As I was about to sprinkle some on top of my salad, my son says, “What? Cheese is DAIRY and dairy is NOT paleo, Mom.” I had no idea he even knew cheese was “dairy” or that “dairy” didn’t fall into the guidelines of paleo.
He never seises to amaze me. I love what he picks up on his own, puts together on his own, and asks on his own. As a parent, my goal is to raise kids that can think about food for themselves and make their own choices based on their exposure, how they feel, and what makes sense to them. Hopefully I’m on the right track! :-)