Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Calling all picky eaters......

My mother-in-law knows that I have VERY picky eaters in my family (and I'm not just talking the kids here!) and she knows how I'm always fretting that they're getting enough nutrients. She sent me this cookbook and if you haven't heard about it ... you've got to check it out! Here's the link: www.thesneakychef.com. There are a ton of recipes I can't wait to try!!!

Here was one of the reviews. I just like the sound of it. Stealth vegetables!

Parents can sneak veggies into kids' diet Washington, D.C --- Parents who want their kids to consume fewer calories and eat more vegetables might find a healthy solution with “stealth vegetables.” A Penn State study shows that decreasing the calorie density of foods by adding vegetables and other lower-calorie ingredients leads to a reduction in children’s calorie intake and an increase in vegetable consumption.

I had read an article earlier this month on Jessica Seinfeld's book (Jerry Seinfeld's wife) called Deceptively Delicious, and thought that this would be something perfect for me (ya'll know how much I like to cook!) Apparently Sam's mom read the same article, but when she did the research, this book (The Sneaky Chef) has a higher rating. Here's the link to Jessica's book: http://www.deceptivelydelicious.com just in case you're interested.

In any case, thought I'd share! I'm all about making things that disguise vegetables that the kids hate ... I'd rather not have to hear the crying and the frustration of "eat your vegetables!"



TheAkersFam said...

Hey... I agree with you big time on this one. Kurt and I have tried putting veggies in lots of things to make sure they get enough veggies. Zucchini bread is a real easy one!

And just my 2cents (take it or leave it :) ...

On the flip side of that, make sure you are still putting real veggies in front of them on their plate. If they never know that they are eating them, then they will never learn that they like them.

Then, when they go off on their own and start choosing all their own foods, they will never choose broccoli or green beans or whatever because they don't think they like it!

I have found that I will put a green bean on Brody's plate for 20 dinners. On the 21st, he will pick it up and eat it and say that he loves it and that it is his favorite! I tell ya, kids are CRAZY.

Both of mine used to hate Broccoli, and now they actually ask for it. Can you believe it? (crazy, seriously).

Thanks for the link!

The Tramontanas..... said...

Jen - an update to this ... Amanda has made several things from this cookbook - such as breakfast cookies (that had carrots & sweet potatoes) ... the kids devoured them. Then she made a meatloaf and it had all sorts of veggies pureed (broccoli, etc.) and the kids (ALL THREE OF THEM) loved it. And as we know, the girls loving anything is a miracle in my house!