“The Lost Art Of Feeding Kids” by Jeannie Marshall.

I have been looking for reading some interesting and relaxing book for a while.  I am always interested in nutrition, healthy eating, super foods and so on, so this topic is always on the first place for me. When I am checking the books at the book store or at the library the first section I will look at is Healthy Habits, Eating.

When I saw the title of this book on the shelf the other day, I said to myself: ” This books is for me. I need to read it.” There are so many healthy eating books on the market, but 60% of them are boring, keep writing the same information, and makes you bored after 2 minutes reading it. So I was expecting a lot from ” The lost art of Feeding Kids”, and this book didn’t make me disappointed at all. The thoughts of the author is so close to me, because I was grown up in the same environment, so I could easily understand what she was talking about. My memories from the childhood are visits to farmers market every other day, especially in summer, homemade food and the fresh healthy food on the table. We’ve never had any frozen foods in our stores besides frozen fruits, we ate by season, no strawberries or watermelon in winter and we were much more healthier than the new generation now. I remember myself craving the fresh cucumbers by the end of  winter and my mom didn’t buy them in March or April explaining us they have a lot of pesticides in them and we should wait by summer time to eat the real fresh cucumbers. This was about all the foods: tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, peaches. You need to wait for the season, when they are real and ripe and ready to eat.

The author takes us to Italy, so it was even more interesting for me to read the book because I like Italy and all about it.

Packaged snacks and junk foods are displacing natural, home-cooked meals throughout the world—even in Italy, a place we tend to associate with a healthy Mediterranean diet. Italian children traditionally sat at the table with the adults and ate everything from anchovies to artichokes. Parents passed a love of seasonal, regional foods down to their children, and this generational appreciation of good food turned Italy into the world culinary capital we’ve come to know today.

When Jeannie Marshall moved from Canada to Rome, she found the healthy food culture she expected. However, she was also amazed to find processed foods aggressively advertised and junk food on every corner. While determined to raise her son on a traditional Italian diet, Marshall sets out to discover how even a food tradition as entrenched as Italy’s can be greatly eroded or even lost in a single generation. She takes readers on a journey through the processed-food and marketing industries that are re-manufacturing our children’s diets, while also celebrating the pleasures of real food as she walks us through Roman street markets, gathering local ingredients from farmers and butchers.

At once an exploration of the US food industry’s global reach and a story of finding the best way to feed her child, The Lost Art of Feeding Kids examines not only the role that big food companies play in forming children’s tastes, and the impact that has on their health, but also how parents and communities can push back to create a culture that puts our kids’ health and happiness ahead of the interests of the food industry.

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The Lost Art of Feeding Kids: What Italy Taught Me about Why Children Need Real Food

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How to make your kids eat vegetables.

We know how important is to eat vegetables and fruits and get all the vitamins from there.

Many parents struggle with their kids’ food every day. Kids don’t want to eat vegetables, they refuse any green color on their plate and want to eat anything but no veggies.

There are some ways to make your kids like vegetables and actually eat them.

1. Lead by example.

If you children see you eating pizza while you’re telling them to eat broccoli, they’re going to tune you out. I remember Sophia didn’t want to eat salad at all. She never wanted to try it. We usually have salad for dinner, and our example helped her to like it too. One day, she just asked for salad, and now she loves it. The same thing happened with the guacamole and hummus. Show the right example.

Our plates are identical, except mine doesn’t have pasta on

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2. Books and games with vegetables.

Get some books, coloring books with vegetables and fruits. Read them from time to time. Sophia has a lot of fruits and vegetables in her toy kitchen. She always cooks salad or vegetable soup for her dolls, makes veggies sandwiches for us.

We also have some kids books about the importance of vegetables and fruits in our diet.

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3. Make it fun.

Garden with your children, shop together and include them in preparing meals.

Before we go grocery shopping I always ask my daughter what we are going to buy. In the store she shows me, where to get bananas, tomatoes, avocados etc.

She loves going to the farmers market and picking up the fresh produce.

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Cooking together is important too, she can see what her dish is made of. This makes the happiest girl in the world. Imagine, your kid watches you every night putting the chicken nuggets in the oven, or microwave. Does it sound fun to you?

4. Eat the rainbow.

Hang a color wheel on the fridge and ask your kid: “Did we eat something from nature in each color group today?” This trick sounds fun and will make your kids try at least one piece of vegetable.

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5. Hide the vegetables in the dish.

This works a lot of times for kids who don’t touch vegetables at all. There are a lot different recipes with hiding vegetables in them: turkey meatballs with zucchini, pumpkin muffins with carrots, meatloaf with bell pepper, chocolate dessert with avocado in it, different kids of ice-pops made of veggies and fruit.

This recipe hides avocados in it.

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6. Don’t give up.

Expose your kids to new and different foods over and over again. Continue serving food that’s been rejected, and never remind them that they didn’t like it before. Often the veggie they “hated” last months becomes their new favorite the next months.