Disclaimer: I received a copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur for free in exchange for a review of the book. This in no way influenced my review.
Have you heard of The Paleo Parents? Stacy and Matt are the Paleo Parents, and they have an incredible blog where they share healthy, kid-friendly recipes. I adore their creativity and the way they really engage their boys when cooking and preparing meals. Their boys love eating whole foods and helping in the kitchen. They definitely have something going with this – and apparently, they thought so too, because they just released a book about it!
Eat Like A Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-Free Kids is an excellent book to help parents and kids alike transition to a healthier, whole foods, paleo-style way of eating. The book includes not only some instructions for parents, but a great story for kids. The 100 recipes (each of which is accompanied by a photo) are marked with images of the top eight allergens (an egg, shellfish, nuts, etc) so both kids and parents with food allergies can navigate easily – but honestly, so many of the recipes are free of all allergens, it makes things so simple! All of the recipes (which look delicious to me!) even have steps that are marked with a handprint, which notes that kids can perform that step. It’s truly a great way to bring the whole family together in the kitchen.
While I can typically come up with easy, paleo-friendly main dishes without much thought (most of our weekday meals are some sort of meat+veggie variation), treats and baked goods don’t come as easily. (And if you really want buy-in from kids in the long term, it doesn’t hurt to have a healthy treat!) That’s where Eat Like A Dinosaur really shines. They share recipes for Anytime Cookies (cookies with no added sugar, so they’re healthy enough for anytime!), Applesauce, Graham Cookies, smoothies, and these waffles.
They call these Frozen Waffles, because they can go in the freezer and can be rewarmed in a toaster. How convenient is that? You could have waffles in the middle of the week – sounds like a winner to me!
But how do they taste?
Amazing. They’re subtly sweet (no added sweeteners or sugars!), they’re crisp, and they’re fluffy inside. I’m sold. I can’t imagine needing another waffle recipe.
Of course, I’ll continue to make more of their great recipes from this book. I can’t wait to make 50/50 Bacon Burgers (because the idea of bacon IN my burger sounds amazing!) or those Anytime Cookies. I will also return to the book for healthy lunch ideas – not just for the kids, but for my husband and me as well!
I definitely encourage any family with food allergies or just looking to transition to a healthier style of eating to get a copy of this book. It’s definitely worth it – even for the waffles alone!