Eat Like a Dinosaur: Enter to WIN this NEW gluten-free cookbook!

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One of the benefits to having a blog with three readers (Hey mom! Hey gramma! Hey Chachi Arcola!) is that I get the extraordinary privilege of reviewing books that speak to my own food values. This latest book was authored by The Paleo Parents: this extraordinary duo (well, counting the 3 kiddos, it’s an extraordinary quintet) has put together a fun, family-oriented gluten-free cookbook called Eat Like a Dinosaur.

I first spent time with Matt, Stacy and their three awesome boys when we caught a showing of Farmageddon (I wrote about the experience here). The family treated me to dinner and an overall eye-opening experience wherein they served healthy food to their children and the children actually ate it. 

A few of my observations from that day:

You know how I think having a dog and a Cave Husband is, like, Sooomuchworkyouguuuys? Well. Stacy and Matthew have three HUMAN children. Three BOYS. All of whom are rambunctious (in the best possible way), smart, well-adjusted, and Totally. Paleo.

Stacy and Matthew’s journey is truly inspiring, and to see two folks who run the gamut of day-to-day responsibilities manage to raise kids who are willing to eat beet greens while maintaining a blog and a garden (WITH CAULIFLOWER IN IT) is pretty much confirmation that no excuse is greater than the desire to be healthy.

Being of what some might consider “childbearing age” (sarcastic air quotes), I have become observant of the dynamic between parents and children I encounter. Unfortunately, I mostly observe children being fed plates of pasta or french fries – I’ve even watched a mom give multi-colored fruity pops to her toddler while SHE ate scrambled eggs with a side of veggies at my local diner! Oh, my heart hurt.

(No judgment – I know intentions were pure and I hold all parents in high regard. But I still don’t think kids need pasta or Yellow No. 5.)

At one time, Stacy and Matt may have resembled those parents. Two of their children suffered from varied health and concentration issues. They made simple dietary changes – eliminating allergens like dairy and wheat as well as industrial seed oils – and in transitioning to a Paleo template, they quickly resolved those health issues. The dross of eczema, attention deficits and impulse control immediately fell away.

Did I mention Matt and Stacy lost over 200 lbs. in the process?


Eat Like a Dinosaur is wonderful for many reasons, but I have an overwhelming appreciation for the advice about getting kids “on board” with healthier eating and engaging them in food selection and preparation (the cookbook facilitates this with kid-friendly photos and illustrations). It’s the illustrated opening story, however – told by Cole – which truly moved me the most. It ends with the most innocent and sweet statement, “Now we enjoy going out and doing fun stuff instead of feeling sad inside our house.” This is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

As difficult as it is to single out my favorites, I’d have to say that the 50/50 Bacon Burger is absolute perfection with the Southwestern Pineapple sauce; and the “Tacos To Go” are a brilliant take on portable (nutrient-dense) meat-n-veggie jerky. I’m making the Cherry Chocolate Balls for the Final Four. I also deeply appreciate the inclusion of real, homemade bone broth in the list of recipes – it’s one of the most nourishing, nutrient-dense foods a child could eat.

If I had to sum this cookbook up in one phrase, it would be: My inner child does the happy dance! 

Hop on over to the Paleo Parents’ website for more on their journey, or navigate directly to Amazon to order the book!

Giveaway is closed! Thanks for participating!

If you’d like to try to WIN a copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur, just be sure you “Like” The Paleo Parents Facebook Page – and leave me a quick comment letting me know that ya want it and why!
Winner will be identified at 5:00 PM ET Thursday, March 29 2012!







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  1. Cindy says

    I would love to win this book! I have four kids whom we try to feed Paleo, or at least gluten free. It has been a very difficult past two years with trying to get them to enjoy food, especially healthy food. I am hoping this book would help us in our endeavors to eat better as a family.

    Already like Paleo Parents on facebook! :D

  2. Kris W says

    Hi, love your blog! Thanks for this contest! I liked their facebook page – can’t wait to get to know them! :~)

  3. Nichole Roberts says

    Would definitely love to win this!! I have been converting to Paleo the last few months and my son has tried some foods but would be wonderful to have more kid friendly recipes such as this book has to offer for my 10 year old picky eater.

  4. Sarah says

    I liked Paleo Parents on FB and I so want to win this contest! My hubby and I have pretty much got the Paleo thing figured out, but my two little girls are not on board and are not interested in being on board. In fact, my oldest (5) is starting to turn anti-Paleo and rejects foods if she thinks there is a chance they are “Paleo”. I struggle with autoimmune problems and thyroid issues, so I really want to prevent these type of problems in my children, so getting them transitioned to Paleo is really important to me. I want them to embrace Paleo and understand why it will benefit them long term, so having Eat Like a Dinosaur will be a great resource that speaks to kids on their level. Thanks so much and I love all you do in the Paleo community!

  5. says

    I should say that I want this book so I can feed my friend’s kids healthy when I watch them (which is true) – but more true is that I want this book so I can fee me (and my husband) FUN-Paleo!

  6. Veronica Garza says

    I want it! I saw this at PaleoFX and left disappointed that I didn’t buy it. I heard there are sow great recipes in there!

  7. Claudine says

    I liked the page and I don’t just want this book, I NEED it! :) My husband and I have been doing Paleo for one month and my young son is not adapting well. As a Paleo newbie, I am loving all the info out there!!! Thanks so much for your blog! :)

  8. Leslie says

    I already like Paleo Parents. I also already own the cookbook, but I would like to win a copy to be able to give away… to show others that it is not hard to feed your family well… and that “kid food” should not consist of brightly colored cereals and crackers. “Kid food” should be food… real food.

  9. Nikki V says

    I like Paleo Parents on FB. Would love to win a copy of their book. Two of my kids have celiac so we all need to eat gluten-free and we’re working towards more whole foods and less grains. This would be a fabulous resource and something fun to have to cook with my kids!

  10. Nikki V says

    I like Paleo Parents on FB. Would love to win a copy of their book. Two of my kids have celiac so we all need to eat gluten-free and we’re working towards more whole foods and less grains. This would be a fabulous resource and something fun to have to cook with my kids!

  11. jenine says

    First of all… I am a cookbook JUNKIE! So, for that reason alone… I would love to win this book :) But, the real reason is that I struggle with variety in my kitchen. I feed my family gluten free and I have been eating paleo style since last summer (and lost my own 30 pounds!)… I have gluten intolerance that I only now know because of my dietary changes… My almost 3 year old will choose fruits and veggies over french fries which I feel we are off to a great start but having Eat Like a Dinosaur as a reference would be helpful to go even more paleo with the rest of the fam!! I liked Paleo Parents on FB also! Thanks!!

  12. Denise says

    I would love to have this book. A lot of people at work ask me about gluten-free living, and since my children are grown I can’t answer a lot of questions about feeding little ones. Plus, I hope to have grandchildren someday (soon).

  13. Amy Roberts says

    I SO need this book! With two little ones (and myself, included) who have a myriad of digestion related health issues (eczema, constipation, ADD) it’s time for a change!!! Thanks for giving folks the chance to win!

  14. Margaret says

    I “liked” The Paleo Parents facebook page.

    In my house we actually have a pet Dinosaur. Her name is Laura. Her master, my son Austin would just love to learn all about how he can eat like his dinosaur, Laura. He does act like one most of the time, does that count?? (-:

    Both of my boys LOVE dinosaurs and I actually have this book in my shopping cart on so it would be pretty cool to win it. (-:

  15. says

    Oooooooooo! Pick me, pick me!

    Seriously, though, I’m an obese tired middle-aged woman who mothers two little girls. I finally admitted to myself that the SAD isn’t working for me and I’m in the process of transitioning our family to a traditional diet (call it paleo/primal/nourishing traditions).

    This is the last step of my journey toward eating real foods. I began about 7 years ago when my oldest daughter was born. She had horrible colic and I elliminated all dairy from my diet and really began reading labels. Over the years her hyperactivity and ASD behaviors led us to remove foods with preservatives, colors, and other additives. We’ve been eating what I’d call a modified whole foods diet, but I finally realized that the high proportion of grains – even if they’re whole grains – isn’t healthy for me.

    We have a large raised bed organic garden in our backyard and we use herbs and fruit bushes as decorative plantings around our yard. We buy our beef from a local farmer who grazes his steers. We get our free ranged chicken and turkey from a friend who raises them. We have two great local health food stores to provide the other ingredients we can’t source from local growers/producers.

    What we’re most in need of is tools to help us make the transition. I’ve been scouring the web for recipes and that’s how I found your blog. It’s now in my reader. :)

    This book would be a great addition to my pinterest folders with paleo/primal recipes!

  16. Kristina Johnson says

    I “like” Paleo Parents. I would love to win a copy of the book, because I would have to wait to purchase the book if I don’t win it, and I have four children under the age of 7 and we are still in transition to fully eating like dinosaurs, it sounds like this book will help push us over that threshold. I think the kids need some positive paleo kid role models to help them understand why we must eat differently than most of their friends…. My first has tree nut allergy and my third has milk and egg allergy plus gut issues.

  17. says

    I would like this book because I have two boys, who eat mostly paleo but still throw a fit for bread. I would love the additional ideas and recipes presented in this book. Plus they LOVE dinosaurs.

  18. Marni L says

    I would love this book so that I have a great resource to help me teach my son about paleo eating. Plus, the recipes look so yummy!!!

  19. Megan Condis says

    Done! I would like to win a copy because I will soon be getting my Crossfit Kids certification and I want to start building a library of kids books on health to assign to my student athletes.

  20. Heather says

    I would LOVE a copy of this book! I am spending the summer with my mostly over weight, partially veggie hating family to help my family find healthy foods they love, sneak some veggies into their diets and help my cousin plan her wedding.. Not to mention I am a single mom, full time student, and while I am a veggie LOVER, my 4 year old refuses to try anything green I put on his plate. I am thinking that reading through this book with him and having him help me make some of these recipes might get him on board to try them. Until I find another way, I am “allowing” him a paleo spinach brownie after he eats his dinner at night. ;-)

  21. Robin says

    I would love to win this book! My husband and I have been Paleo for over 6 months and aren’t turning back. We are still working on the transition for our 3 year old to paleo and this book would be a huge help in that effort.

  22. says

    I am so impressed with Stacy & Matt’s story… I also absolutely LOVED Matt’s recent post on getting your significant other on the healthy-happy-bandwagon. Died laughing! I have been living with my cousin and her young family most recently and while they do certainly eat healthier than most SAD driven families, I can’t help but feel that they would see a WORLD of difference if they started making a few adjustments toward the ideas for parenting/feeding in ELaD. Their two girls definitely have some attention/hyper-active “issues” that I could only see improving with diet! Sometimes it’s hard not to want to shout about PaleoLife every chance you get, but I think this book is such a non-confrontational, I’mnottryingtobeatyouoverthehead way of going about it! Thanks for a great give-away and all of your wonderful blogging! I am so overwhelmed with happiness at the community spirit in the paleo/blogosphere out there. It’s very heartwarming! Thank you! :)

  23. Kristina says

    I like Paleo Parents. I am trying to be a paleo parent to four little dinosaurs under seven. It’s hard explaining to them why we need to eat differently than most families, but with this book, I think it would help show them that other families and kids just like them are doing this too. My oldest has tree nut allergy and my third has severe milk and egg allergies and gut issues. I wish I had been eating like a dinosaur long ago…. I hope I can instill the value of real food for my children so their children have better health.

  24. Mel says

    I’d love to win this book to have new ideas to help my 4 year get even more excited about this healthy eating!!! She loves to cook and I’d love to cook from this book with all these recipes with her to instill a lifetime love of healthy eating and cooking!!!

  25. Laura T. says

    I’m a fan! I would love to win this book because I am studying to be a (paleo) dietitian and would love to have this book in my office!

  26. Carolyn says

    I would love to win a copy of this cookbook! It sounds amazing and I have recently become a paleo eater due to an autoimmune digestive disease. Having more recipes that were kid-friendly would help tremendously.

    I had already “liked” them on Facebook–great page!

    Thanks for offering this contest.

  27. Mehgan says

    Our kiddos are 5, 3 and 6mo, and we all switched to a grain-free WAPF diet about 1.5 years ago. I’ll admit they’re very good eaters, but who couldn’t use more tasty recipes? As we prepare for the oldest to go to kindergarten next year, I appreciate Matt and Stacy’s approach to feeding real food in a school setting too.

  28. says

    I would LOVE to WIN this book!!! I really really want it!!! I have three little boys and I know they would enjoy reading ELaD! PICK ME PICK ME!!! :)

  29. Christine says

    I really really would love to win this book. I don’t want my kids to struggle with terrible eating habits and emotional food issues. I would love for us to have a healthy relationship with food and see why it is important to eat healthy!

  30. Cheryl says

    I would love this book! I’ve been struggling with my two daughters (11 and 1) with transitioning to a more paleo diet. It’s been quite a journey! When I heard about ELaD I was so excited because both girls love to cook, and this would give them an opportunity to have a book just for them (but don’t mention it’s healthy, lol). With one more little girl on the way, I’ve been eying this book lately and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  31. Shelby says

    I have been following the Paleo Parents for a several months now (and “liked” them on FB) and love their warm, fun, family friendly approach to healthy living. I have 3 kids and have really been wanting this book. My husband and I changed our way of eating a year ago due to health issues and while our children have to eat what we are eating, they don’t always like it and they still think of it as what Mommy and Daddy can or can’t eat (They also jump at the chance to eat unhealthy when they are in someone else’s care). I think they are beginning to understand how food affects all of our bodies and that they have the power to make choices about what they put in their bodies, but it would be so great to see them get excited about making and eating good, wholesome food, and becoming part of the effort. I look forward to together time in the kitchen making ELAD’s fun and kid-appealing recipes. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!

  32. Sheryl says

    Well, I -like all the others- need to win this book. I have a 7 year old child who is ODD, PDD-NOS, impulsive ADHD, and dyslexic. I have done my research and know how well he could be doing on a gluten free diet. Finding foods that he’ll actually eat is the killer! When I’m done with it I plan to borrow it/hand it out for others to use (like my pasture, who is celiac and expecting her first child!). Good luck to everyone!!! Wishing each and everyone of you to be the lucky winner! *prayers*

  33. Kati says

    I liked them on Facebook! I’d love this book! I’ve been seeing it everywhere, and it would be perfect timing for us. My husband and I are mostly paleo/primal, but we kind of let our son (4.5) eat whatever he wants. He was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, and we’ve noticed how much better he does when he’s not eating crap, so we’re trying to transition him, but SO many of his favorite foods are not good for him, so it’s been a struggle. I’d love to get some tips, advice and recipes to help get all three of us on the right path nutritionally!

  34. Maria says

    I want to win the book because we just found out my daughter is allergic to grains today and basically have to dive headfirst into a paleo-ish diet! I’ve got to wrap my head around this and figure out how to cook without grains!! WIN WIN WIN!!! :)

  35. Brie (Gabrielle) Berndt says

    Thanks for featuring this! I would love to have this book! I’ve recently gone paleo because of insane food allergies, and I’m loving it but would like to get a little deeper and learn more. I cook with my 7 year old, who is still on grains at the moment, but would love to have a way to move her (and my husband) off of them!

  36. Lisa says

    I liked their Facebook page!

    I would love this because I want my daughter and husband to start feeling as good as I do – and this would help get them both on board.

    Thank you!!

  37. says

    I liked the fb page!

    I would like to be able to send this to my BIL and his wife. They have two kids, and a third on the way and they are all about eating real food and following the philosophies of the primal/paleo/ancestral movement. I don’t have kids to need it myself but I know they would enjoy it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. Kate says

    I would love to win this book! I’m new to the paleo lifestyle and I would love a cookbook of quick and easy recipes I can make for myself.

  39. says

    I’ve got a 12yo who’s on board with Paleo, but who doesn’t love fun new foods to try out! My 6yo, however, is harder to convince – and he has severe reactions to wheat, as well as ADHD and the typical reactions to food dyes, HFCS, etc. This book would be predominately for him – and right up his alley to boot! I would love to find a way to connect with him, get him involved in his health, etc. Whomever gets this lovely book will be extremely lucky!

  40. Carly Haynes says

    I have so many friends who say that they can’t do Paleo because they have kids. I really think sharing this book with them would help.

  41. Terri-Lynn White says

    My 6 year old son has recently been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD with overlapping symptoms of autism. For about 2 years now I have been trying to transition him to the paleo lifestyle so that he can eat the casine free/gluten free diet that he needs. He is very confused and seems to be resentful, despite my best efforts in educating him on the topic. I want to win a copy of this book, in the hopes that it’s contents will ease our transition, and show him that there are other children in the same position he is.

  42. karen says

    I would love to try out some of these yummy recipes for my kids! My oldest would love picking out her own meal suggestions!

  43. Noelle Kirk says

    Much like the Paleo Parents my 2 boys inspire me to be the best role model I can be! I would love to begin to incorporate them into our family paleo meal planning and this would be a great way to begin. I am sure that they are 2 of the few kids their age who know what Omega 3s, insulin, fiber and protein are (and why they’re important)!

  44. Rachael says

    I can’t tell if my previous attempt to comment went through, so I’m trying again! Liked Paleo Parents AND your facebook page, just found out about you both and this awesome recipe book today :D

    I’m getting desperate for a book like this as my eldest child has had major issues of various kinds over his short 3.5 years and it’s taking a pretty heavy toll on the whole family.

    We switched to paleo/GAPS about 9 months ago and the whole family has seen some big improvements, but I’m no whizz in the kitchen and need some yummy child-friendly recipes that my boys will actually eat (and can help prepare, fantastic!) – especially as Mr 3.5yo is now trying to sneak wheaty/sugary snacks from his ‘normal food’ mates :(

  45. Shaun H says

    I’d love to have this book because my son loves to try cooking and helping make healthy choices available for us to make together is great!

  46. Lisa says

    Love the Paleo Parents! I actually already have ELaD, but if I won I’d pass it along to someone else who could benefit from it. It’s an awesome book that makes a scary concept (“No grains? No dairy? EEEKKKKKK!!!”) not so scary for all family members, both big and small.

  47. Kristi says

    I would love a copy of this book. I am s single mother of a 3yo girl who is beginning my paleolithic journey. I know this book would help my daughter and me immensely! I really enjoy your blot, too, and have found it soooo helpful. Thank you!

  48. Bonnie says

    Crossing my fingers – I NEED this book! I am working on educating myself and will be transitioning my family to a healthier diet this summer (long story). I have many health struggles myself but I am most interested in learning how to help my son realize that he will feel better by eating healthy foods (and hopefully put away an possible, yet-to-be-diagnosed ADD, allergies, eczema, etc that I believe he is struggling with). Thanks for reviewing the book, encouraging the Paleo Parents, and hosting the giveaway!

  49. Ginger says

    Oh, I’d love that book. I’ve gone primal over the last couple weeks. Now I want to take my daughters along for the ride. This book would totally help.

  50. Meghan says

    I would love a copy of the book. I love following Paleo Parents blog and new to the whole Paleo thing as of late last year, after being a very long term vegetarian, who has health issues and find out that it’s most likely a gluten issue and now working to give up the wheat. I’m still having issues with “can it just be as good or can you even make that without the wheat?” So the book would be a great helper.

  51. JB says

    I would love to use this to teach my two boys good nutrition (4 and 5 1/2.) One has asthma and the other chronic fluid in his ears. Both are paleo but only because we say they should be. The younger one loves to help cook and it would be awesome for him to have his own cookbook.

  52. Jenny Adcox says

    I would love this book! I am leaving for Russia Saturday to bring home a new addition to our family who is 15 months . I am 4 months into paleo eating and making a transition with my family. I hope to start him off right here in the USA!!

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