Better Food for Kids: Your Essential Guide to Nutrition for All Children from Age 2 to 10, Second Edition by Joanne Saab, RD, and Daina Kalnins, MSc, RD

Better Food for Kids:  Your Essential Guide to Nutrition for All Children from Age 2 to 10, Second Edition
Joanne Saab, RD, and Daina Kalnins, MSc, RD
Robert Rose Publishing (2010)
ISBN 9780778802518
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (10/10)


Feeding a child nutritious meals may at times get to be a challenge in a society that has a fast-food outlet within a short distance of home, and certainly is passed on the way to any location. As well, TV inundates the child’s mind with excessive commercials promoting fast-foods and sugar-laden drinks.

“Better Food for Kids” is designed to teach the parents to instill good nutrition habits in their children at an early age.  The book  addresses feeding milestones , kid cuisine, family food diary, snack ideas, and much other information that parents would find extremely useful, especially how to cope with the child’s transition to new foods and habits. I particularly found the information on fiber interesting.  We know that the adult American society doesn’t get enough fiber in their diet and what is concerning is neither do the children – as much as 50% of our child population don’t.  Joanne Saab and Daina Kalnins encourage parents to provide high fiber foods such as whole-grain breads, cereals and pasta, legumes, vegetables, fruit (fresh and dried) and nuts and seeds.  Fiber in the diet increases vitamin and mineral absorption.

I tried several of the recipes in “Better Food for Kids” and found them palatable.  I tried “Salmon Puff,” a simple and quick casserole made from canned salmon.  It was tasty. The only thing that surprised me is the recipe called from a slice of “white” bread which is contradictory to an earlier suggestion of using whole-grain bread.

I also tested “Orange Banana Muffins” and loved the combination of orange juice with bananas.  I’ve made banana muffins on many occasions but I’ve never added concentrated orange juice.  The texture was the same as any banana muffin but the taste was surprisingly good.  I will be making this recipe again.  Perusing the remainder of the recipes I noted that the ingredients can be found in any kitchen pantry and certainly at a local grocery store.

I believe “Better Food for Kids” is a great resource for any parent.  The information is concise, easy to read and understand, and certainly gives encouragement to parents to incorporate healthy, nutritious, meals into the palates of children.  Starting a healthy diet at an early age will eliminate health issues in the future.

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