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Like most parents I want my children to grow up healthy and eat a variety of nutritious foods. But with my five kids’ busy schedules, and dinner table battles by picky eaters they don’t always eat the healthiest foods.
For many children in the United States their diet is mostly made up of foods high in artificial ingredients and low in nutritional value. These kids are also used to a more sedentary lifestyle with more time spent in front of the television, computer and video games.
Childhood obesity today affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the US, with increasing numbers of children suffering from “adult” diseases – like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. More than a quarter of teens in the US are on prescription medication to treat everything from diabetes, depression, insomnia, and even high cholesterol. All of these health issues can be fixed with lifestyle changes.
But I know how difficult it is to get kids to try and enjoy healthy foods. That is why I was so excited to hear about the new book, Appetite For Life, by Stacey Antine, founder of HealthBarn USA. Antine has over 20 years of experience in the field of food and nutrition. Through her HealthBarn USA program she has helped thousands of families change their eating habits from fast food to natural food.
In Appetite For Life, Antine encourages parents to get their kids more involved in the kitchen and learning about nutritious foods through fun games and activities. She stresses the importance of feeding kids natural foods or “foods from nature.” In the busy, hectic lives that American families lead today we have moved away from fresh foods from plants and opted for more preserved foods from a can, bag or box. Often convenience foods are filled with added chemicals, sodium and sugar and lack the nutrients that children need.
Appetite for Life, The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to Be a Great Eater, by Stacey Antine is the perfect guidebook to healthy eating that every family must have in their kitchen. This book teaches you how to get your kids to eat nutritious foods by making them be the family taste testers. Appetite for Life also includes over 100 recipes for every day and celebrations, engages children in the kitchen and the garden, and teaches them the difference between natural and artificial foods, provides fun and educational games that parents and children can play together and includes a “Week-at-a-Glance Recipe” section to help parents avoid making a run for fast food during dinnertime.
I absolutely love, Appetite for Life. It is the best tool for parents to use to teach their kids the importance of proper nutrition and it makes healthy eating fun! You can purchase Appetite For Life, The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to Be a Great Eater, by Stacey Antine on Amazon.com or at your local bookstore.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of Appetite For Life, The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to Be a Great Eater, by Stacey Antine in exchange for this review. All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.
Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC, and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on Google+.