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More than just a cookbook, this volume addresses the growing epidemic of obesity in American children (and adults) with detailed explanations of the risk factors, causes and dangers. It also provides practical solutions-occasionally oversimplified-to help with a variety of issues that may hinder a working mom's ability to keep her kids fit and healthy. For example, McAllister explains, "nutritionally speaking, afternoons represent a four-hour danger zone for children, especially when they're home alone, without the benefit of maternal supervision." The tips she offers for setting TV limits, scheduling structured activities and making homes fitness-friendly might not be feasible for all families, but they're worthwhile suggestions. The back of the book focuses on healthy lunchbox meals; recipes for breakfast, snacks and lunch are generally simple and appealing, and they employ some wholesome packaged products for convenience. Nutritional information (including "G-factors: grams of fat, carbohydrates, and protein") is included for each recipe, and advice on what's best to get at the grocery store or the fast food chains mean even the busiest moms could benefit from the information contained here.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Healthy Lunchbox is the perfect guide and cookbook for working moms. No family should be without this book! -- Jennifer Newton Reents, Associate Editor, ChefMom.com

The only good nutritionally balanced and easy-to-follow diet book. -- Delia Hammock, M.S., R.D.,Nutrition Director, Good Housekeeping Magazine

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Lifeline Press (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260581
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,141,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Mom on March 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that too much TV and too many snack foods will likely lead to an over-weight child. I didn't need this book to tell me to limit TV and have my children excercise in order to keep them in shape.
If you like fat-free mayonaise, fat-free cream cheese or reduced fat jarred turkey gravy, then this book is for you. I personally think that these things are disgusting, and wish that I not purchased this book.
I wanted to new ideas for heathy eating for children - this book did not provide it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Nardini on January 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This books is ideal for moms on the go who still want their kids to eat healthy. It offers simple and practical breakfast options and great snack ideas. Families can learn together and develop great eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Thank you Dr. McAllister!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! It has been a great resource for me as a professional and as a mother of three growing children. I am a family therapist who sees many single mothers of young children. They are often overwhelmed with the physical, emotional, and financial demands of parenting. This book's easy and quick recipes were perfect; not too time consuming, and not too complicated. Moreover, the education regarding the importance of healthy eating, was very well received. Dr. McAllister's humor and her easy reading style encouraged many of my clients to prioritize nutrition. Many of the moms I work with became excited about their own nutrition. They felt they were doing something important for their children and themselves. As a busy mom, I too appreciated the quick snack ideas. Kids want to eat "right now" and too often they grab what ever is in arms reach and can be ripped open fast. This book gave me some plan ahead ideas that did not keep me up all night. I was also reminded of the lack of nutritional value in many of the foods my kids reach for. It motivated me as well as my clients. It is a great resource. I also plan to continue to share it with my clients and my friends. Thank you Dr. McAllister!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
as a father of three teenage girls, i worry just as much about nutrition and the effects of obesity as any mom. dr mcallister's book has helped me to help my kids with concrete suggestions and diet plans which work even when my kids don't always listen to me! this book will be a boon to those wishing to help their children with nutrition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By feminaformosa VINE VOICE on August 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is pretty uninformative. It is mostly advice on how to get your kids to lose weight by not feeding them junk food. If you care enough to pick up this book, you probably already know everything that it says. I was hoping for recipes and good ideas for my husband's lunch, and there are just not that many recipes in here, and the ones that are in here are really not great for adults. Not to mention that half the recipes (which aren't many) are for breakfast and dinner, not lunch. If you are looking for recipes, I would get "The Healthy Lunchbox" (yes, same title) by Marie McClendon, which is actually all recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna J. on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is truly overrated - I think the author should have been more inventive with suggestions - most mom's know these things but life is too busy to implement them - this book did not help - for instance buy at the deli instead of fast food - at the store deli you have to park go in choose check out go home divide and conquer instead of voila - DRIVE-THRU! Give us something that is new and worth reading in the next book - maybe title it How to Get Overweight Kids Healthy Again - Tips You Can Use to Help Them Lose. Good luck next time - this one is a bust.
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