Are you properly horrified by the rising rates of obesity and
formerly adult onset diseases in even our youngest children? Does it
seem like every time the TV goes on there are ads designed to whet
your kids' appetites for foods full of sugar, salt, and fats? Do you
want to give your sons and daughters the sound nutrition essential for
a healthy life?
No Whine With Dinner may be just what you're looking for.
Authors Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex, nutritionists, aim to show
parents that even busy families can prepare healthy foods kids will
enjoy. They're far from newbies. In addition to a previous cookbook,
The Moms' Guide to Meal Make Overs, they have a website (MealMakeoverMoms.com
), a weekly podcast (Cooking With the Moms), and a recipe blog (Meal
Makeover Moms' Kitchen).
When almost 600 mothers surveyed rated "picky eaters who whine
and complain" as their biggest child feeding problem the moms set to
work gleaning the best from a myriad of recipes, many healthy
adaptations of popular family foods. The 150 offerings that made the
cut were field tested by families. Judging from the ones I tried out
(Can we say due dilligence?) they are easy, time efficient, and
absolutely delicious. The pictures are enticing.
Kids are more likely to eat meals when they're invested in the
process of getting them on the table. Depending on their ages,
children can help prepare many of the foods or go solo. Each chapter
starts with pictures of a happy family doing just that.
This is one of the few cookbooks that is as interesting to read
as it is useful for reference. The authors carry on a convivial line
of coffee clatch chat, much like one of your (hopefully) favorite
reviewers. Mothers comment on each recipe. An appendix in the back
contains fifty creative ways to get picky eaters to try new foods.
On a personal note, I'm wishing a sequel could address the feeding of
hubbies who whine if you try anything more nutritious and heart
healthy than the meat and potatoes and fried stuff they grew up eating.
A great big shout out goes out to my kids who enlightened me to become
a vegetarian by modeling that life style.
Julia Emily Hathaway
Sent from my iPod