This book is a treasure trove of recipes, strategies and tricks to get even the fussiest on the road to healthier eating. (The National Autistic Society
Packed full of ideas for healthy meals, snacks and lunchboxes... a great read. (Families Online website
From the Publisher
A balanced diet with at least five portions of fruit or vegetables every day - we all know the theory and it sounds so easy, but putting it into practice is another story ...
Many of us struggle to get just one or two portions into our fussy little darlings; this is, after all, the `fast food generation'. The closest some kids get to greens is the football field and they wouldn't know a cabbage if it passed them on a bicycle.
There can hardly be a parent in the western world who hasn't at least once (if not once a day) felt guilty about their child's diet. Working parents without time to cook are especially guilt prone. We may feel that every other parent in the world is carefully selecting organic veg, preparing home cooked meals and serving them to their healthy, fresh faced children, who clean their plates, say thank you and offer to clear the table. Maybe families like this do exist, but this book is for real parents of real children living on planet Earth in the 21st century - hard working parents who struggle daily to get their children to eat anything remotely healthy, let alone the five whole portions children should eat a day.
We will make your life much easier.
This book is not about having super healthy kids who eat tofu and sprouts every day; it is a realistic guide for busy parents of normal children - a step in the right direction towards healthier eating. Neither is this book intended to scare, lecture or bully parents into guilt and unnecessary hard work - most of us feel guilty enough and work hard all the time anyway.
Guilt isn't hard to understand when articles about the state of our children's health appear in the press almost daily, usually with dramatic headlines such as:
-One in five UK kids overweight
-The return of rickets: Vitamin deficiency disease figures up
-Additives cause behavioural problems in our young
-Diabetes: Kids are getting it too
-Packed lunches fail the nutrition test
-Is low fibre a problem for your child?
-One toddler in eight has anaemia
-Parents may outlive unhealthy kids
-Meet the children who NEVER eat vegetables
According to recent government figures, a whopping 96% of children in the UK don't get enough fruit and vegetables. Whilst articles and statistics like this do scare many parents (and of course make them feel guilty), what is often missing is practical advice on how to improve the situation. In this book we focus on how to get more fruit and veg into your child's diet ... without them batting an eyelid.
It isn't easy being a parent today with convenience food, kiddies' menus, a multitude of sweets and snacks, takeaways and soft drinks wherever you go. Almost every child wants to have the same as their friends and to eat things that look and taste familiar.