If it grows from the ground or is picked from a tree, my three year old is certain there is a conspiracy against her. And help us if it is green and leafy, that is the dinner time equivalent of armageddon. Since force feeding is considered a war crime, and her ability to wait me out has become epic we aren’t left with a lot of options for getting healthy foods into my daughter’s belly instead of cleverly tucked under her booster seat.
Our family isn’t alone. Eating healthy and the consequence of childhood obesity is one the top three concerns for parents today according to a poll by the University of Michigan. I took our health contributor Harriette Kraus’s healthy eating advice, and was pleasantly surprised to find that asking her to help plan the menu and cook dinner helped get a little more variety in her diet. A recent study by Stanford University, published in July 2013, found that taking that involvement a step further and helping children make a connection with the benefits of eating healthy actually results in kids eating better foods.
The Kitchen Club Kids Recipe Adventure Series, a new series of children’s books published by St Louis authors Eluka Moore, Larry Puzniak, Marianne Welsh, and illustrator Kristen Gau, landed on my doorstep recently. The book “End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad” is the first in the series, and based on our experience with it, this series is the perfect tool for getting young children involved in and excited about making healthy food choices.
Featuring bright and fun illustrations and a fun and engaging story, “End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad” is a story form of a recipe that walks you through the process of making a fruit salad while reinforcing number recognition, counting, colors, and nutrition – the basics of healthy eating and some pretty important educational concepts as well.
The moment we opened the package, my daughter saw the cover insisted I read it to her. And it wasn’t long before we were pulling into the grocery store parking lot to gather all the ingredients necessary for the fruit salad. Even Mrs. Hates-healthy-eating got a kick out of building the salad along with the story and digging in for this hands-on nutrition lesson.
Bread +Butter publishing, the publisher of Kitchen Club Kids Recipe Adventure Series, is slated to publish “Garden Safari Vegetable Soup”, and “Feed Your Senses Homemade Bread” continuing the series. While bread isn’t an issue for my little carb queen, I’m anxiously awaiting the veggie soup book.
The publishers of the Kitchen Club Kids Recipe Adventure Series want to share their books with you, our health conscious STLFamilyLife.com parents. They are giving away one copy of the book, “End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad,” to our readers. All you have to do for a chance to win your copy is share one tip on how you get healthy foods on your kids’s plates in the comments below before midnight CST, August 21. A winner will be selected at random from the comments, and you can earn additional entries by sharing this post on your social media pages and then including a link in the comments.
**Disclosure: A copy of the book, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad was provided to the author for the purposes of review for this post, which in no way influenced the content of this review. All opinion are those of the author.**