I was invited to write a guest post for Dr Andreas Eenfeldt, aka Diet Doctor regarding low carb kids. For those of you who have been low carb for some time, you will know Dr Andreas Eenfeldt is one of the leading authorities on LCHF science and lifestyle.
Low-Carb Kids - How To Raise Children On Real Low-Carb Food
The importance of whole food nutrition in children’s health and development cannot be stressed enough. All children will benefit from lowering their sugar and carbohydrate intake, especially from processed and junk foods.
For Low Carb Kids the emphasis should be on feeding them tasty nutrient-dense meals. Children shouldn’t be relying on sugars, grains and high carb snacks. Low carb is all about going back to basics – meat, vegetables, low sugar fruit, seeds, nuts and healthy fats. Real food is simple food.
Many critics think we advocate no carb, but we are low carb. The biggest sources of carbs should be vegetables, nuts, dairy and berries, rich with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.
Children need to receive all the nutrients required for their growing bodies but can easily do without the sugars and carbs of the modern diet. By removing processed junk food from their diet, children become low carb almost by default.
More articles in my series for low carb kids.
- Low Carb Kids Page
- Low Carb Kids 1 – tips and tricks
- Low Carb Kids 2 – printable guide to get your kids involved. How to plan your lunchbox each day.
- Low Carb Kids 3 – 2 weeks of school lunches and how to plan them.
- Low Carb Kids 4 – how to make a low carb lunchbox, and more Low Carb lunchbox ideas
- Low Carb Kids 5 – healthy sugar-free snacks for after school
- FREE printable PDF Healthy Sugar-Free after school snacks
- Low Carb Kids 6 – and entire MONTH of low carb lunch boxes
- Low Carb Kids 8 - How to help your child eat real food - with an action plan
- Top 10 Myths Of Low-Carb Kids
I designed these graphics for my article as a simple visual teaching aid. Many are surprised to see just how much sugar and carbs are packed into a school lunch box.
Either of these lunch boxes aren't extreme. The high carb lunchbox could have been much worse, and the low carb lunch box could have been made even lower if a child needed to have their carbs restricted further for various reasons.
I'm not suggesting the high carb lunchbox is something you might serve your child all at once (yet it isn't an extreme example). Many lunch boxes often contain chocolate, cake, fruit squeeze tubes, Nutella, and jam sandwiches. Then there are the birthday cakes and chocolate bars brought in on a classmate's birthday.
Simple Low Carb
The low carb lunchbox is an example of what can be made quite simply for a nutritious low carb lunch box. It doesn't have to be complicated, in fact, it's quite easy.
You can see where the biggest source of carbs and sugar were coming from - the juice and the processed food. Simply by being aware of these and reading labels will set you on a path to a more nutritious lunch box, and help your child stop the sugar roller coaster.
Read the full article for 14 tips and tricks on how to get started. Use slices or cold meat or lettuce instead of wraps and fill with cheese, salad and dips. Cut vegetables into different shapes and sizes, serve with a variety of dips, have some low carb baking at hand, fill your freezer, leftovers are KING!Look at these high-carb and low carb lunch boxes. Learn how you can easily transform your lunch boxes today.
- Stop buying sugary sweets, drinks and baked goods
- Start buying real unprocessed whole foods. Shop the perimeter of the supermarket for the fresh produce
- Avoid all seed oils and trans fats
- Eat nutrient-dense foods
- Increase your omega 3 from oily fish, avocado, grass-fed meat and nuts
- Cook at home, eat together
Remember – we are LOW carb, not NO carb. The emphasis is on the real whole food approach, healthy fats, fresh vegetables and good quality proteins.
What was the biggest eye-opener when looking at these photo's or reading labels? How have you managed to help your child eat a more nutritious lunch? Share your best tip or trick to help their transition for your family.
Here are a few great low carb real food lunch box fillers. Leftovers are KING! Try to make double or triple dinners and you'll be prepared for the next few days. Load up your freezer.
- Grain-free and sugar-free granola bars (can be made nut-free)
- Keto Crepes
- Pizza Waffles
- Lemon Cupcakes
- Keto Waffles
- Salmon Quiche
- Bunless Burgers
- Cream Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
- Ham & Egg Cups
- Cracker Crackling
- Pork Schnitzel
- Lamb Kebabs
If you would like to learn how to become a low carb family who ditches the soda and the junk food, you may wish to look at my latest eBook "Low Carb Easy Family Meals - 35 easy recipes." Click here to read more.