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Here are two books I was sent Annabel Karmel books Yummy & Easy Healthy Recipes for Baby and Kids. to review as part of my book club with the SVMoms group.
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I was especially excited about these two books because:

1) I have no time at the moment to delve deeply into a just for fun novel.
2) Believe it or not, I am a Registered Dietitian with three kids 5 and under and my kids are the pickiest eaters around!
3) I also got the Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker Yummy & Easy Healthy Recipes for Baby and Kids. a few months ago and was so excited to use this awesome machine with Annabel Karmel’s baby Puree book. Yummy & Easy Healthy Recipes for Baby and Kids.

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So who is Annabel Karmel?  You may not have heard of her until now, but she is a familiar face on British television.  She has been to the US often and has appeared on shows such as the Today Show and The Early Show.  She is a mother of three kids (just like me) who made it her mission to put together healthy alternatives for her children.  With the movement in the US right now to make our kids meals healthier so we can fight childhood obesity, the timing of getting these books to review couldn’t be more perfect!

What I love about these recipe books is:
1)  They are a cute little square size packed with 100 recipes each!
2)  They incorporate the entire Food Guide Pyramid (including yummy desserts- a must have in our home)
3)  The recipes have me thinking “outside of my box” with things such as: making my own Bakes Parsnip and Sweet Potato Chips!  I mean who in the US uses Parsnips for anything but soup!  Did you even know they were yummy?
4)  The Top 100 Baby Puree book Yummy & Easy Healthy Recipes for Baby and Kids. includes simple first introductory purees such as Creamy vegetable or fruit purees up to chunky meat and vegetable meals.
5) Creatively using my Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker Yummy & Easy Healthy Recipes for Baby and Kids. and freezer trays Yummy & Easy Healthy Recipes for Baby and Kids. makes this a cost effective healthier way to provide nourishing food for my baby girl!
6)  By introducing my baby and kids to more flavors & textures early on (not just bland babyfood in jars) you set your kids up for a more exciting palate in years to come!

So okay, getting baby to eat a variety of foods is easier said then done. But how do we get our older children to try new foods, especially children who haven’t been exposed to the many flavors in these cookbooks early on?  Big challenge right?  Remember the following:
  • It can take a child being exposed to a new food up to 19 times before he/she will even give it a try!  It’s difficult to be patient during those 19 times- I know.
  • Don’t make the dinner table a battle ground.  It’s natural for kids to want to be in control of what they put in their mouthes.
  • If you only offer “healthy” choices in your home, you are in control. Kids will only put healthy foods in their mouthes if that’s what is available.
  • Young children have a natural ability to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full (unlike me and many adults!)  Don’t force a child to finish “everything” on his/her plate.  We don’t want to deregulate their hunger controls.
  • I’m the first to admit saying, “If you don’t eat your dinner, you can’t have dessert.”  Some experts disagree with this tactic for many reasons.  For some kids it works and for others it’s a NO go.  My philosophy is that if the dessert is a small portion and it gets them to eat a few more vegetables on their plate- use this tactic when needed! Go for it.
  • I’ve recently been using a no pressure “star” system that has had my big kids trying new foods.  Yep, if they try a new food (of my choosing- not theirs) they get a star on the calendar.  They don’t have to eat it all, but need to put it in their mouth and swallow it.  When they get 10 stars- they get a small reward (token toy, prize or get to go on an outing of their choice.)  My 5 y/o daughter is now eating spinach salad every night and 3 y/o son is eating grapefruit!  The key to success is no pressure.  If they don’t want to try the food you put in front of them- no big deal (But NO Star either).  I’m also finding this sets up some healthy competition!  I’ll do a separate post on my star system in the future and include a downloadable chart as well (Keep Posted!)
Dietitian Diva gives the skinny about Annabel Karmel’s books in full disclosure.  I did receive the books complementary from the publisher, but in no way were paid to review them.  These books are truly a great find and we are excited to share them with you!  Annabel Karmel’s website also has some additional recipes as well and is a great resource.
 Yummy & Easy Healthy Recipes for Baby and Kids.

Diva Dietitian

Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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  • c2cmom says:

    Ooh! I'm looking forward to your upcoming "no pressure star system" post! I've been trying Annabel Karmel's finger food recipes, adapted to what my kiddo will eat these days (we've tried everything else and we're going backwards, with the kiddo eating about 1/3 of the variety of foods he used to as a baby and toddler). Can't wait for this food jag to end. . .

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