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Healthy Food For Healthy Kids: An A-Z of Nutritional Know-How for the Well-Fed Family Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671317253
  • ASIN: B005M4UBZS
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,168,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best part about this book: it's only $12 from Meadowbrook Press. It may be the best $12 you will ever spend. It's filled with helpful recipes and information. -- Springfield News-Sun, September 8, 1999

This guide informs parents about how to handle finicky eating, vegetarianism, food allergies, and other issues that complicate the interaction of children and food. Recipes that appeal to the taste buds of children make up the bulk of the book. -- Science News, October 9, 1999

To the rescue comes at least one new book - overflowing with fresh ideas, menus and recipes designed to appeal to children. In addition to practical information, Swinney sparks interest with names of recipes like "Madame Guede's Rice Pudding," "Pabble" and Ooey-Gooey Sandwiches." -- Bloomington Herald-Times, August 25, 1999

More About the Author

Bridget Swinney MS, RDN, LD is a health communicator, award-winning author and well-regarded nutrition expert in the field of child nutrition, prenatal nutrition and family eating matters. A frequent speaker and media guest, she is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Nutrition. She is passionate about helping others improve their diet and health.

She has written three books: Baby Bites: Everything You Need to Know about Feeding Babies and Toddlers in One Handy Book; Eating Expectantly: Practical ADvice for Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy; and Healthy Food for Healthy Kids: The Practical and Tasty Guide to Child Nutrition. She is co-author of the Healthy Heart. Formula.

The completely revised and updated fourth edition of Eating Expectantly will be released May 2013.

The first edition of Eating Expectantly won the Child Magazine's Top Ten Parenting Books of the Year, and Baby Bites was awarded an iparenting.com Media Award. Her writing has also appeared in Parents, Healthy Kids, Parenting and American Baby Magazine.

As a nutrition consultant, Bridget has done a variety of work, both as a nutrition therapist in clinical and public health settings and as a speaker to consumers and health professionals around the country.

Bridget's books have been translated into Spanish, Polish and Czech and have been purchased all over the world.

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I actually won this book at the American Baby Faire in Chicago this weekend after she gave a talk.
Olivia Martinez
Our family was bored with same old recipes and this book has GREAT ideas - using "normal" healthy foods!
Lisa Brown
The first few chapters that included information on cancer, pesticides, etc. were also very helpful.
Jill Pickle

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Beth on February 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I don't like to cook but, gee, had to feed the kids. This book offered quick, very simple recipes that included ingredients I would have on hand. I also liked the variety of recipes that give me an opportunity to expose my kids to different foods disguised in more recognizable dishes (not just with pasta or in casseroles). Great for meal ideas, includes a lot of info on feeding suggestions--a good read. I wouldn't recommend for children under 1 year old since this is the pivotal age for many food allergies. 4 stars because this book tries to cover all bases by including info on breastfeeding and baby feeding, pages I would rather have seen spent on more great recipes. Includes monthly meal planner, handy meal quickies, and fat/cal/chol/vitamin/mineral breakdowns for each recipe.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin Fox on December 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Don't let the title of this book fool you. Sure, it may include recipes with all of the four food groups, but take caution.....

they are not presented in the most wholesome and healthful ways. For example, whole grain breads piled with chocolate chips, lentil chilis flavoured with dry onion soup mix, desserts made with instant pudding mixes, soups made with canned soup (I still don't understand that concept - if you are going to make a homemade soup from scratch, why spoil it with canned soup?!) I could go on and on, but the underlying theme of this book is somewhat healthy food mixed with highly processed convenience foods. This may be good for some families, but I am choosing not to feed her food to my children. For families that are choosing not to feed meat to their children for various reasons (my 19 month old twins don't like the taste of meat and have chosen the vegetarian path on their own), this book offers no alternatives to the traditional "meat and potatoes" type meal. There is not one tofu recipe in this book at all. Plus, she only includes a handful of inadequate bean and lentil recipes. Boy, is she ever missing the big picture! Now is the time to develop good, healthy eating habits with our children (whether they are 2 or 12). We need to make every bite count nutritionally for our children, especially since the incidence of childhood obesity is on the rise. Snacks are just as important for your children as meals and they should be taken seriously. Bridget Swinney's suggestions for snack food are crunch munch mix(popcorn, pretzels, dressing mix) or dirt cake (instant pudding, whipped topping, cookie crumbs, gummy worms). Who would feed this to their kids on a regular basis? How about fresh fruit and vegetables or homemade muffins and loaves for snacks?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I saw Bridget Swinney on NBC's Later Today and thought what she said made a lot of sense: "You have to give kids options to get them to eat right."
I realized that I hadn't given my children any options. Because all they would eat was hamburgers and frozen pizza, that was all I would cook. So I bought Bridget's book. WOW! My kids are eating a wide variety of foods. They may not love everything, but I'd say that out of the 12 dishes I've made, they've loved eight.
As a mother of two, I recommend this book for any parent who's worried about getting their kids to eat right.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm a first time mom of a one and a half year old, and I am really grateful for the advice given in this book! I purchased the book when my baby started to eat solids. I liked it so much I also bought one as a gift for a friend in my Mom's Group. It's wonderful that the recipes were test tasted by lots of children. I look forward to offering my son a varied diet...I'm even looking forward to eating these new recipes myself! Also, the information on choosing healthier fast foods is helpful for those of us who work and can't cook a meal _every_ night. Now _that_ is practical information! I learned a lot of new information by reading this book, like peanut butter is a tooth-friendly snack. I would have never thought that peanut butter on a graham cracker would be good for teeth.
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68 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Since when was ketchup, Marshmallows, ranch dressing and mayonaise 'healthy'? This book was recommended (by Amazon) when I searched for kids recipes including dairy free. There's almost nothing dairy free in it! If 'healthy' means including a section about vegetables then fine but I wanted something that didn't suggest hiding them in cheese.
That one star up there is for the cover. Its great.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Brown on January 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Our family was bored with same old recipes and this book has GREAT ideas - using "normal" healthy foods! My 2 and 5 yr. old have loved every recipe so far and so has my husband! A must book if you seek refreshingly simple recipes with healthy foods.
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