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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CONTEST plus review for Good Food to Go: Healthy Lunches Your Kids Will Love by Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch

Good Food to Go: Healthy Lunches Your Kids Will Love
by Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch
Random House of Canada
ISBN: 978-0-307-35897-4
Release Date: August 2, 2011
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Description: Good Food to Go is the ultimate guide to packing healthy lunch boxes with food that kids will enjoy and parents can feel good about. Back-to-school means back-to-lunch-boxes, and the daily quandary of what to put in them. With this new book, two working moms - one a teacher, one a pediatrician - offer creative ideas for balanced lunches and nutritious snacks, as well as up-to-date health tips that will make packing lunch a joy and not a chore. Given that children consume approximately one third of their daily calories at school, what goes into kids' lunch boxes is vital to their well-being. Yet it still needs to be hot enough, cold enough or crisp enough to withstand a morning in the cloakroom. (And with allergies on the rise many schools are now nut-free, eliminating that old standby: peanut butter.) Most important, the lunch needs to be kid-friendly and delicious because after all, the healthiest lunch isn't very healthy if it goes uneaten.

Good Food to Go fuses the how-to's of creating wholesome, homemade lunches with the latest information on food and nutrition. Practical tips will help parents make environmentally conscious food choices and eliminate lunch-box waste to ensure children are eating for a healthier planet. Many of the recipes outline what can be done the night before, while others may be made in bulk and frozen, facilitating easy, last-minute lunches. Handy meal planners help to ensure that kids are eating a healthy variety of nutritious lunches throughout the week.

The Good Stuff
  • Good simple practical advice (which btw we already do some of -- so we totally rock)
  • Its Canadian
  • Fabulous list of resources
  • Like the sample meal planners at the end
  • Fantastic Index to recipes (Guys I'm a Librarian this stuff is important to me)
  • Lots of helpful tips and tricks
  • Loved the suggestion to have kids involved in everything from the purchasing of and the preparing of the lunch - we have done this with Jake since he was 6.  We also discussed with him why we make the choices we do
  • The Vegetables and Fruits chapter is brilliant
  • Not all preachy and in your face like some of these types of books tend to be
  • Good tips for kids who like hot lunches and a practical ways to do this
  • Lots of mentions on how to make sure their lunches are safe (in terms of bacteria and contamination)
  • Environmentally friendly suggestions are practical and not preachy
  • Found tons of recipes I want to make just for hubby and me -- yummy sounding and healthy
  • Can't wait to make the mini flourless quiches as I LOVE quiches but my tummy doesn't like the unhealthy crusts
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Would have liked some pictures to go with the recipes
  • Some of the suggestions are impractical for schools like Jake's where any kind of homemade baked snack is forbidden due to severe allergies
  • Some of the recipes are great for kids who like to try things but for seriously picky eaters like my toddler and my dip/sauce phobia son could use some more simple plans
Favorite Recipes
  • Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (huge hit for whole family)
  • Karen's Greek Quinoa Salad
  • Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • Nut-free Trail Mix
  • All of the flourless Quiches
What I Learned
  • That we did a great job with Jake with lunches, we involve him in the choosing and the putting together of the lunches (Ok he totally doesn't eat the veggies sometimes - but at least he brings them home and we make him eat them with his dinner)
  • Some fab tips about sending Jake some hot lunches and some little things we can do to get him to eat more fruit and veggies
Who should/shouldn't read

  • Great book for parents of school age children to have
  • Also a nice resource for when you get bored of your own lunches
  • a must have for public libraries
4.25 Dewey's

I receieved this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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