If you’re on the paleo diet—or are thinking about starting it—it’s important to have some recipes on hand that the whole family will love. It’ll be easier to stick to the diet if you’re all sharing the same foods…plus these recipes are so tasty, they’ll never know how healthy they are!
What is the Paleo Diet Anyways?
You may have heard the paleolithic diet (paleo, for short) referred to as the “caveman diet.” That’s because the diet is based on what the first humans ate: wild plants and animals. And that means no highly-processed foods, dairy products, grains, legumes, added sugar, or vegetable oils. What you’re left with is a healthy diet consisting mostly of meat, nuts, fruits and vegetables. And luckily, there are still some packaged snacks and pantry staples that are paleo-approved. Overall, a paleo diet should be high in fat, moderate in animal protein, and low in carbohydrates.
We’ve rounded up 10 kid-friendly paleo recipes that the whole family is sure to love. From crispy chicken nuggets to chocolate bark, here are some tasty recipes to get you started.
10 Kid-Friendly Paleo Recipes
These are like Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups – but they’re nut-free (thanks to the sunflower seed butter) and way better for you! They’re also grain-free and sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar, so they’re paleo-friendly.
Try these grain-free chicken tenders for an easy weeknight night meal, guaranteed to be kiddo-approved! The breading is made with coconut flour, almond flour, and unsweetened almond milk instead of traditional breadcrumbs—but they’re just as delicious!
Warm up with this hearty chicken soup that just so happens to be packed with healthy vegetables! It’s the perfect low-carb meal idea, and kids won’t even notice that the noodles are missing.
Dairy isn’t allowed on the paleo diet, but this creamy, vegan cashew cheese is! The secret to homemade cheese is probiotics—Joyous Health uses 2 capsules of Genuine Health 15 Billion CFUs, a vegan probiotic from a great Canadian brand.
Save precious time (and dishes!) with this one-pan breakfast that’s ready in minutes. Bacon, asparagus, and eggs come together for a delicious, easy breakfast. Serve with sweet potato crackers instead of toast to keep it grain-free!
This is a colourful dinner option that’s crunchy, delicious, and fun to make! Layers of healthy veggies are wrapped up in collard greens, which make a great gluten-free wrap option. The dip uses coconut aminos instead of soy sauce to keep everything paleo.
This one-pan dinner is a super easy option that comes together in no time. You can use whatever root veggies you have on hand—the more, the merrier!
Kids will never guess that this dairy-free chocolate mousse is sugar-free, or made from healthy, fibre-filled avocados! It’s sweetened with monk fruit, which is an excellent, all-natural, zero-calorie, low-glycemic replacement for sugar.
These meatballs are gluten-free and dairy-free, making them a clean source of protein. You can make a big batch and freeze the extras for easy meals—they’re delicious served on a bed of zoodles (zucchini noodles) or on their own!
Parsnips make a great low-carb substitute for potatoes! This recipe is definitely kid-approved, and a fun alternative to sweet potato fries. Sneak in more healthy fats by using melted ghee, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
Nicole is the Content Specialist at Well.ca, when she’s not planning videos and blogging, she’s browsing recipes and hunting for new healthy snacks.