The American Dietetic Association Guide to Healthy Eating for Kids: How Your Children Can Eat Smart from Five to Twelve

The American Dietetic Association Guide to Healthy Eating for Kids: How Your Children Can Eat Smart from Five to Twelve

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What your kids should eat to get a real nutritional edge

"This is a book every parent can use and appreciate."
-Julie O'Sullivan Maillet, PhD, RD
President, American Dietetic Association

Does your grade-schooler ever trade away his lunch? Does she only pick at her dinner at home, or complain she doesn't like what's set before her? The grade-school years are nutritionally a very important time for children, and getting your child to eat healthy and make smart choices can be a challenge.

Written with the full support of the American Dietetic Association, the American Dietetic Association Guide to Healthy Eating for Kids arms you with practical skills to make sure your kids are eating right even when they're not under your roof. Jodie Shield and Mary Catherine Mullen are mothers as well as registered dietitians with more than twenty years of professional experience in childhood nutrition. Their five-star system offers hands-on advice on how to turn eating dilemmas into fun, nutritionally educational opportunities. Whether your child is a breakfast skipper, an unreasonable eater, a lunch trader, or even a snack-a-holic, you'll find fast, real-life solutions for transforming eating habits, including:

Banishing brown bag boredom * Secrets of successful family meals * Smart snacks for hungry kids * The top nutrition mistakes parents make * Fueling your grade-schooler for fitness * The principles of menu planning * Breakfast basics for busy families * Teaching smart nutrition to your young athlete * Developing a gold-star feeding relationship with your child

Offering delicious recipes your child won't be able to resist, this timely reference gives you all the nutrition knowledge you need to teach your child how to eat smart-now and for the rest of his or her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470249017
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/17/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

JODIE SHIELD, MEd, RD, is a Senior Partner with JM Associates, a nutrition communications company in Illinois. She is also a nutrition consultant and freelance writer for the American Dietetic Association, Weight Watchers?, the Chicago Tribune, and The National Dairy Council.

MARY CATHERINE MULLEN, MS, RD, is a Senior Partner with JM Associates and a pediatric dietitian with Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. She is also a nutrition consultant for the Chicago White Sox, the American Dietetic Association, and the Chicago Tribune.

THE AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION is the largest group of food and nutrition professionals in the world. As the advocate of the profession, the ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

Table of Contents



Introduction: An Orientation to Eating Smart.

Not All Grade-Schoolers Were Created Equal.

If Your Family Is on the Go, This Book Is for You!

How to Use This Book.

Getting Started.

Problem Areas at a Glance . . . Which Ones Apply to Your Child?

Chapter 1: Feeding Kids Philosophy 101.

Who's Principally in Charge of Eating?

The Feeding Responsibilities in Action.

How to Develop a Gold-Star Feeding Relationship.

Tuning In to Your Grade-Schooler's Learning Potential.

Extra-Credit Assignment: Eating Responsibilities Worksheet.

Chapter 2: Nutrition Fundamentals.

Exploring the Pyramids.

Dig In to the Food Guide Pyramid.

Taking a Closer Look at Each of the Food Groups.

Food Pyramid Jr.

A Day in the Life of the Food Guide Pyramid.

Putting the Pyramids into Perspective: The Dietary Guidelines.

Extra-Credit Assignment: Rate Your Kid's Plate.

Chapter 3: Breakfast for Brain Power.

Breakfast: An Eye-Opening Experience.

Breakfast Basics for Busy Families.

What Does a Balanced Breakfast Look Like?

Analyze This: Real-Life Breakfast Makeovers.

Breaking the Breakfast-Skipping Barriers.

Breakfast Is Served (Recipes).

Extra-Credit Assignment: The Breakfast Club.

Chapter 4: Lunch Lessons.

Let's Do Lunch!

The Anatomy of a Healthy Lunch.

Can This Lunch Be Saved?

Banishing Brown-Bag Boredom.

What's for Lunch?

Lunch Express (Recipes).

Extra-Credit Assignment: Beyond Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Chapter 5: Family Dinners in a Flash.

Whatever Happened to the Family Dinner Hour?

All Together Now-Secrets of Successful Family Meals.

The Dinner Dilemma.

Dinner-Menu Review.

Someone's in the Kitchen...but Not for Long!

Home-Cooked Convenience.

Weeknight Survival Menus (Recipes).2

Extra-Credit Assignment: Table Topics.

Chapter 6: After-School Snack Attacks.

Snackin'-Just Do It!

Chew on This.

Smart Snacks for Grade-Schoolers.

What's Your Child's Snacking Style?

Snacking Styles: The Junk-Food Craver, The Mindless Muncher;
The On-the-Go Snacker;
The All-You- Can-Eat Aficionado.

Savvy Snacks for Hungry Kids (Recipes).

Extra-Credit Assignment: Hey, Kids! What's Your Snacking Style?

Chapter 7: Extracurricular Eating.

Life in the Fast-Food Lane.

Nutrition Tips to Go.

Close Encounters at the Concession Stand.

Birthday Parties That Take the Cake!

Healthy Cakes (Recipes).

It's Party Time!

Season's Eatings! (Recipes).

Celebrate Good Times!

Extra-Credit Assignment: Your Order, Please?

Chapter 8: Culinary Kids.

The Principles of Menu Planning.

Label-Reading Literacy.

Supermarket Savvy.

The Joy of Cooking with Kids.

Kid-Friendly Kitchen Concoctions (Recipes).

Extra-Credit Assignment: Hunting for the Healthiest Buys!

Chapter 9: Physical Activity: A Moving Subject.

Couch Potatoes Breed Tater Tots.

Let's Get Physical: How Much Physical Activity Does My Child Need?

Fueling Your Grade-Schooler for Fitness.

What to Eat before Competition.

What to Eat after Competition.

Teaching Smart Nutrition to Your Young Athlete.

Sport Specifics.

Extra-Credit Assignment: Family Fitness Plan.

Chapter 10: Red Flags.

Answers to Questions Commonly Asked by Parents of Grade-Schoolers.

Extra-Credit Assignment: For More Information .

Appendix A Key Nutrients in Foods and How They Work in Your Child's Body.

Appendix B: Growth Charts with Body-Mass Indexes.


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