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Feeding Your Picky Eater

Posted by bronwynr on March 28, 2009

I sometimes wonder how some children manage to get enough energy to keep them going and going and going. If your youngster is one of the many who pick and choose the foods they like most, he or she may often get on food jags, eating the same foods for all meals or even refusing food altogether. In my house this week, my 3-year-old is refusing to eat anything but peaches and bread! But I’m not too worried about this new phase; experts suggest it’s normal and may not last too long. In fact, in most cases like this, children are getting all the nutrients they need despite their limited intake.

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Book – The Fussy eaters’ Recipe Book

Posted by bronwynr on March 14, 2009

img-5The Fussy eaters’ Recipe Book

by Annabel Karmel

Since the Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner was published in 1991, Annabel Karmel’s essential guide to feeding babies and young children has become established as a classic.

Now completely up to date with ten new dishes, it also includes general advice on how best to cope with fussy-eating behaviours and improve mealtimes, Karmel’s The Fussy Eaters’ Recipe Book is more than just a recipe book – it will be the answer to many parents’ prayers!


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Book – eat this, not that

Posted by bronwynr on January 2, 2009

eat_thisfor Kids!: Be the Leanest, Fittest Family on the Block!

This small colorful book tells you very simply which food choices are the right ones. It not only tells you, but also shows you with hundreds of color photos. Although it is supposedly for kids, the information is useful — and fascinating — for anyone.

Click here for more about the book and how to get it for free

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Breakfast key to kids’ mental health

Posted by bronwynr on October 23, 2008

Adding a piece of fruit or a glass of milk to a teenager’s breakfast may help protect them from depression, anxiety and disobedience, Australian research suggests.

A study of more than 800 students has found that a complex breakfast is directly linked to better mental health irrespective of family income, the student’s weight or exercise routine.


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Let Them Eat Kale: Schools Get Serious about Nutrition

Posted by bronwynr on October 14, 2008

With America’s kids in danger of becoming obese, a growing number of schools are thinking outside the lunchbox
The kids at Louisa May Alcott School were more into Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and nachos than frisée and couscous. That is, until Greg Christian got to them.

Exactly three years ago, the chef known as Chicago’s conscious caterer decided to share his gastronomic talents with the city’s low-income children. So he took his pilot program straight to the source: the cafeterias of the Chicago Public Schools.

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A child’s plate: good nutrition and good taste can go hand-in-hand

Posted by bronwynr on October 5, 2008

ONE of the most difficult tasks for parents is to get finicky children to eat the proper foods that are necessary for their growth and development. We all know the importance of good nutrition, and if it is introduced early on, nutritionists say that increases the likelihood of lifelong good eating habits.In too many cases, children eat a diet that’s high in calories and includes more than an ample amount of processed foods. But with a little planning, you can create a variety of tasty dishes that will give children the healthy boost they need. The trick sometimes is to get them to eat it.

First, parents have to set a good example by making wise choices and eating healthy dishes themselves. Try new foods and new ways of preparing them, with emphasis on dark green leafy vegetables, deep-yellow vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products.

Secondly, offer your children a variety of foods. When offering new foods, serve small “try me” portions, about 1 or 2 tablespoons, and encourage your child to create a new snack or sandwich from three or four healthy ingredients you provide.  Read on …


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