If You Want the Brats to Sit Down, Shut Up and Eat, Then Get Paleo Pals

Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship


I’m imminently qualified to review this book. Kids annoy me more than they don’t, talk about silly stuff that doesn’t interest me, will believe just about anything they’re told (unless by someone who really knows), and most of all: I don’t have kids.

See? So let’s get on with it.

“I don’t want to eat my carrots. I don’t like chicken. I hate coconut milk.”

“Shut up, go to bed hungry, no TV, and here…read this book.”

There. Problem solved. Thanks Sarah Fragoso!

So after putting in a great performance with Everyday Paleo, which I reviewed right here, Sarah leverages that success—and her mom’s experience as a children’s book author—and comes up with Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship. I headed off to a restaurant this morning for breakfast, took it along, had a great time wondering what people might be thinking with me sitting there reading a picture book, and read right through it.

Then I got home and checked out each of the 10 recipes included.

So, once you’ve sent them to bed hungry a few times to read the book, you can switch to a new strategy: “shut up, go in the kitchen, and make us some ‘Zippy Zucchini Pizza Bites.‘” …Or, “Energizing Egg Mini Muffins.”

Alright, what can I say about the story of Phoenix, Parker and Piper as they race around in their Carrot Rocket Ship to show Jimmy how and why he ought to be eating properly—beyond the fact that a Bacon Rocket Ship would have been far superior? Well, it’s a silly story, of course. Perfect for brats between 4 and 8, as it’s designed.

The recipes? Top notch, most all super simple, so that you can keep the kid occupied and out of your hair for a few minutes. I want to try some myself.

Alright, in all seriousness, it’s probably the fact that kids make doing paleo tough for a lot of parents and I see this as one tool you can use to get the kids to own and invest in the lifestyle themselves. You have the story, and you have the recipes with specific preparation tasks suggested for the adorable little paleo tykes. There’s also a companion cookbook on the way:

The paleo Pals The Cookbook: Super Meals, Fun Snacks and Cool School Lunches

I’d add one thing, something I saw on the news program 20/20 years ago. There was this family with 3 kids and they wouldn’t eat anything but crap (guess why): chips, burgers, pizza, etc. They called in some experts of some sort and here’s basically what the program was:

  1. Toss out all the crap and go shopping for real food you cook.
  2. The family eats together at all mealtimes.
  3. Nobody has to eat anything; no pressure.
  4. Don’t make a big deal about them eating anything (i.e., “oh, wow, you tried a brussels sprout!”)
  5. There is only the food prepared for the meal: no alternatives, special dishes, or anything.
  6. If the kid(s) don’t eat one thing, many things, or anything, no worries. They are welcome to go hungry and will have a chance to eat at the next meal.

Within 2 weeks, all three kids were eating and enjoying real food (spinach & brussels sprouts included).

Hunger is very powerful.


  1. tess on February 13, 2012 at 16:16

    “who do you blame when your kid is a brat
    pampered and spoiled like a siamese cat….”

    funny thing, my kids always ate what they were given! wonder why?

    • Richard Nikoley on February 14, 2012 at 16:53

      Saw that out and around somewhere earlier, though didn’t watch the video. This is what you call suggestion, or a placebo effect.

      I may hit it up. We’ll see.

  2. Uncephalized on February 15, 2012 at 09:48

    I always laugh a little when people complain that their kids won’t eat some particular food.

    Do you bend over backwards to make sure their little tummy is never empty? Do you offer them 17 alternatives every time they stick up their runny little nose at something? Do you regularly expose them to hyperpalatable Big Food and then expect their taste buds to be calibrated to spinach and bone-broth soup a whole 4 hours later?

    But gosh darn golly gee, I just don’t know why they won’t eat their asparagus…

    Some of these people freak out if their kid doesn’t eat for 1 day. Like it’s going to stunt their growth and permanently retard development or something. But of course a sane person knows that most kids are not stupid or particularly fond of suffering, and will eat damn near anything resembling food if they’re actually hungry, just like adults.

  3. Jeremy Voluntaryist on February 23, 2012 at 06:37

    As a parent of a couple ankle biters you’ve nailed this one. Remove the crap that most people call food and you’d be amazed at how much kids like REAL food. My toddler’s favorite food in the world is bacon and that was one of his first words. I count that as a win.

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