Every parent understands the importance of providing their children with nutritious, well-balance meals. But that's just part of what kids need to grow up strong and healthy. Between the ages of 2 and 6, children develop many of the attitudes to eating, nutrition and lifestyle that will carry through to their adult lives.
As a parent, there may never be a time when you have a greater influence on your child's future well being.
And that's why you need Better Food for Kids. This comprehensive guide provides over 100 pages of age-specific nutritional information, as well as 150 recipes that are specially designed to appeal to young appetites -- although parents will love them too!
Here you'll find useful answers to the questions most parents have about feeding young children, including:
Written by the same authors as the bestselling Better Baby Food, Better Food for Kids has also been developed with the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children, so you can be sure that it provides the most expert, up-to-date information available.
Of course, being knowledgeable about healthy food is one thing, preparing it is another. In this book you'll find recipes for everything from speedy breakfasts to hearty dinners. And just in case your kids think that nutritious food isn't fun to eat, just wait until they try the snacks and dessert recipes!
For professional advice and great-tasting recipes, Better Food for Kids is a resource you'll use every day.
Joanne Saab and Daina Kalnins are registered dietitians with The Hospital for Sick Children. Together they have more than 20 years' experience in pediatric nutrition and research, providing advice to both parents and physicians. Daina is also the mother of two young children, both of whom were consulted extensively in creating the recipes for this book.
Margaret Howard, who supplied many of the recipes in this book (and in Better Baby Food) is a registered dietitian, as well as a food and nutrition consultant. She has authored and co-authored a number of other cookbooks.
Nutritional Advice in Brief
Here, in no particular order, we offer our top 10 recommendations for parents of young children. Each provides references for additional information within the book.
Whenever possible, serve your child homemade rather than prepared or convenience foods. Commercially prepared foods can add excess calories (including many derived from fat) and salt to the diet. They can also displace fresh foods such as vegetables and fruits (see pages 13 to 15).
Limit your child's intake of juice (see, page 16). For quenching thirst, water should be the main beverage of choice.
Encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by having a constant supply readily available.
Eat meals with your children whenever possible (see pages 27 to 30). This time spent together as a family has many benefits, including the opportunity to demonstrate to your children your commitment to healthy eating practices which, in turn, will influence theirs.
Make sure you are knowledgeable about food and nutrition, and its overall effect on health and well-being (see pages 11 and 35 to 56).
Share your knowledge of nutrition with your children (see page 31). Use games or arts and crafts to teach kids about all the good things in the food they eat.
Make sure that iron-rich foods are part of your child's diet (see pages 49 to 51). Iron deficiency can have serious consequences on the health of young children.
Don't rely on vitamin supplements as a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet (see page 21).
Enjoy an active lifestyle together as a family (see pages 31 to 32). Exercise, along with healthy foods, can help decrease the incidence of obesity in children (see pages 100 to 103) -- and adults!
Variety is the spice of life -- and essential to healthy and enjoyable eating. Experiment with new foods and try new recipes (starting with those in this book!).