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5-a-day For Kids Made Easy: Quick and easy recipes and tips to feed your child more fruit and vegetables and convert fussy eaters: Sneaky Ways to Feed Your Children Healthy Food [Paperback]

Karen Bali , Sally Child SRN HV Dip. ION MBANT Fellow ION
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Book Description

1 April 2010
We all know the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables every day. But how are you supposed to get your kids to eat the recommended five portions? Or even one or two for that matter? And what exactly is 5-a-day for babies and children? The answer is in this book. 5-a-day For Kids Made Easy gives you easy ways of making your children eat healthily and eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, with no whining or complaining from those fussy eaters. They won't even know they’re eating them. With simple methods and meal planners, and over 100 practical family recipes, you’ll be safe in the knowledge your kids are getting the vitamins and goodness they need, with minimum fuss. Ideal for busy parents, everything is quick and easy to prepare - from lunch boxes and snacks to main meals, party food and eating on holiday. And don't worry, you don't have to spend a fortune to prepare healthy food your kids will love!

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: White Ladder Press; 2 edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905410425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905410422
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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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.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent self-help book 27 Sep 2005
By Jayne
I think this book really is the best on the market. My two children are really fussy eaters, but after consulting this book I tricked them into eating cabbage, spinach and brocolli! There are loads of useful tips and some delicious recipes. I can image that the lady who wrote the book is really speaking from first hand experience. Thank you
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy eating 5 Oct 2005
By Jo
This excellent book is packed with useful and imaginative ideas for busy parents who are concerned about giving their children a healthy diet.I thought the book was entertaining to read as well as being informative and practical.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin! 4 Oct 2005
By Coolbex
This is a fabulous little book. It takes a realistic view about children's and parents' attitudes and does it with humour and style. The authors acknowledge that no one solution is going to work for all children; What puts one off will enchant another and only an individual parent will know what's worth trying and what will be a waste of time. It therefore give plenty of options and some very useful advice too.
it's definitely worth it even if it only gets your kids eating one more portion of fruit or veg a day.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 17 Oct 2005
By A Customer
"This is a guide to getting healthy food inside your kids with or without their co-operation - covering all areas from recognising what is actually healthy food, how much to call a portion, which foods are the most suitable for undercover healthy sabotage, the psychology of children at mealtimes, and a load of great tips on how to do healthy when you are pushed for time and energy. Full of practical ideas that will work in a busy household with a realistic budget, saving time and effort, with ideas for breakfast, snacks, main meals, lunchboxes, parties, eating out and holidays." Primary Times
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great, fun read that is also very useful 21 Sep 2005
The authors of this little gem I discovered by accident have got the balance just right. Yes, it is about how to get kids to eat healthy food BUT it isn't 'more of the same, expert telling parents what to do' sort of book. It is written with humour and understanding that it is hard being a parent, especially a working parent, and to still feed your children well. I read it and felt normal, not guilty, and was encouraged to try new things on my children gradually. Highly recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I heard about this on Woman's Hour 25 Aug 2005
By A Customer
My kids won't eat greens. it's a simple as that. Everyone says they have to. The experts say I have to give them to them. But they won't - and I mean kicking and screaming and tantruming won't - eat them. then I hear about this book and I order a copy and it is brilliant. I've only been trying it for two days but already I've got broccoli, carrots and sweet potato down them. Fantastic.
it is a very well written, funny, intelligent book. It is also practical. And best of all, it is real. Don't let the experts try to rain on this one - it is a real book for real parents who know the real struggle to feed 'em their greens. Well done. Good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Condescending and irritating 9 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This cover of this book is really cute and I was immediately interested in getting stuck in. The main aim of this book is to find simple and easy ways to get your children to eat more fruit and vegetables without the hassle of tantrums. This book was originally published in 2005 under the title The Art of Hiding Vegetables: Sneaky Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food.

After the acknowledgements there is a 'note to readers' which reads, in my opinion, like a disclaimer against being sued. Perhaps I'm being a little cynical but it really made me wonder what kind of stuff was coming up if the first page is practically a warning about what's inside!

The book itself is split into 2 parts. The first part is called Healthier Eating for Busy Families and contains the chapters: Why are fruit and vegetables so important?; Choices choices; Let them eat veg!; Habits and psychology and Saving time and effort. The second part of the book is called Putting it into Practice and contains the recipes as well as a menu planner. The recipes are the majority of the book.

I personally thought that the authors were really condescending and almost expected parents to be really stupid when it came to feeding their children. Their attitude overall annoyed me and I'm pretty sure that most of the advice they are administering is total rubbish.

The recipes themselves are varied and are well laid out. There's the list of ingredients, the time the recipe takes, how many it serves and bullet pointed instructions. There's also sometimes extra serving suggestions and a little introduction about who it's for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but a bit hit and miss 14 Sep 2011
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So - this is useful in so far as it has some good recipes, doesn't make you feel like an idiot because your kids aren't over keen on veg and has some useful information about habits... but it's a bit contradictory and for me a bit too 'worthy'. It's catering to a rather harassed market of parents who feel guilty - and I guess this will lessen that feeling - but it doesn't seem to have much in the way of real research behind it (like most 'nutrition' guides - there seems to be a sense that we're all too stupid to realise that this is not a science).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative whilst being enjoyable to read
As my title suggests, this offered the reader plenty of detail and information without being dull. The author has a very causal, informal writing style which makes the reader feel... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. N. Millican
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging
Bought this book for myself and my 2 daughters as it is a very encouraging book (your child is not the only fussy eater in the country!). Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the institute of optimum nutrition
The authors' accreditation is from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition. This is a pseudo-scientific body criticised by the National Diabetic Association for its poor... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing really new, but some nice recipes
I'm not sure this book will offer much more than common sense will do already. I certainly don't think it will help getting five a day into your kids easily if that's what your... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Vicki @ Cosy Books
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little cookbook
I have a 4 year old and, whilst we are lucky in that he is a fairly unfussy eater, still I thought it would help give me ideas on getting more veg into him. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by Stracs
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and adults
I got this book to help get our fussy toddler to eat more vegetables. It is packed with ideas for the whole family but geared towards sneaking the veg in for kids who wont eat them... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Markie
4.0 out of 5 stars As the title says - 5-a-day For Kids Made Easy.
The good thing about this book is that it contains not only recipes but also information on how much child should eat, what and why with explanation of the reason kids don't like... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Margot
4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
a good interesting cookbook aimed at helping you to get those litle darlings we call children to eat fruit and veg !!! Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by E. Ramshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, inspiring, not preachy
This is an easy book to flick through for inspiration or read more slowly for the tempting recipes within. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by sam155
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great little book. Some very interesting parts at the front of the book describing why kids need to eat a good diet and the basics of good nutrition. Read more
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