Friends of the Truckee Library: Nutrition and cooking for children
Special to the Sun
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; What can I fix for dinner that will be both healthy and palatable to my kids? Itand#8217;s an age-old question we find ourselves asking every evening around 5 p.m. or for those of you who are more well-organized, as we menu plan for the week. Last column I featured cookbooks designed specifically for kids; this week I showcase nutrition guides and books about what to cook for kids.
One of my favorite pediatric author teams, Dr. William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N. comprehensively covers the nutrition field with and#8220;The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children and#8212; From Birth Through Adolescence.and#8221; They answer questions such as organic or regular baby food, white or wheat bread, yogurt or ice cream? They also provide a crash course in overall nutrition. Youand#8217;ll learn how the body works, how to read food labels, what ingredients to look for (and which to avoid), how to trim fat from your diet, what makes up a balanced diet (not just the food pyramid), which foods are thought to prevent cancer, and more. They also offer helpful food lists: good fats, best proteins, top 10 complex carbohydrates, and top 12 family foods, to name a few. Other great titles on our shelves include and#8220;The Yale Guide to Childrenand#8217;s Nutritionand#8221; and and#8220;Feed Your Family Right!: Recipes, Meal Plans, Nutrition Guidelines, and Weight Management Tips.and#8221;
One of my favorite cookbooks on our shelves is written by Jessica Seinfeld (Jerryand#8217;s wife), entitled and#8220;Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.and#8221;
As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their little ones right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. Her book is filled with traditional recipes children love, except theyand#8217;re stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids donand#8217;t even know. Seinfeld has developed a monthand#8217;s worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs.
You may be familiar with the and#8220;Eat This, Not That!and#8221; franchise of small-format books, that offer healthy alternatives to popular low-nutrition, high-calorie fare. One of their offerings is and#8220;Eat This, Not That! For Kids!: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save Your Child From Obesity.and#8221; If you can get beyond the glaring overuse of exclamation points on the bookand#8217;s front cover, you are in for a visual entertaining information treat. Among the topics covered are the eight rules for childrenand#8217;s nutrition, choosing the right foods at fast food restaurants, how to and#8220;decodeand#8221; menus, making proper choices at traditional restaurants, eating at home and at school, and tips on how to make fitness fun.
If you are interested in preparing tasty and nutritious food for your tiniest family members, check out and#8220;The Baby Cookbookand#8221; or and#8220;The Baby Bistro Cookbook: Healthy, Delicious Cuisine for Your Baby, Toddler and You.and#8221;
Even if you are not looking specifically for kid-friendly recipes, the Truckee Library offers hundreds of cookbooks to check out, from quick and easy weeknight fare to slow and elegant dinner party cuisine and just about everything in between. So if you are in a cooking rut, or just want to expand your culinary horizons, be sure to stop by and peruse our shelves for new ideas.
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