Serve it Up : A Parent’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Portions
Most US homes have two working parents with children who are busy with sports and after school activities. Due to this busy, fast paced lifestyle parents today find it easier to feed their children already prepared foods and fast food.  Many American children are picky eaters making it even harder for parents to get them to eat healthier foods.

I try my best to serve nutrient rich meals and include a variety of healthy options for my children. Every time we sit together to a meal as a family at least one of my children refuse to eat what I have prepared.  The new book, Serve it Up, A Parent’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Portions suggests that children can eat whatever they want as long as parents serve portion sizes appropriate for their child‘s age and activity level.

“For example, does your 7 year old sedentary daughter need the same amount of calories as your 12 year old active son?” writes author Laura De Simone.  ” The reality is no, but how much more food does your son need?”

Serve it Up explains to parents how to serve the correct portion sizes of popular foods based on the USDA’s recommended calorie count.  The book provides easy to follow charts with estimated amounts of calories needed to maintain calorie balance for both genders, all ages and all activity levels.

Sometimes I give in to my children and feed them what they want instead of what I know they should have.  When we have hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs or chicken nuggets I feel guilty because I know that processed foods are not the healthiest for children.  But for my children, those foods are their favorites and I feel guilty every time I allow my children to eat what they want.  Serve it Up has alleviated my guilt. I now know that many fast and processed food items, if served in the proper portions can still help children maintain a normal body weight and body mass index.

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If you have picky eaters like I do and are concerned about their diet and childhood obesity, Serve it Up, A Parent’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Portions has the answers that you need.   You can purchase Serve it Up, A Parent’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Portions on or at your local book store. For more information visit

*Disclosure: I received a copy of Serve It Up, A Parent’s Guide to Kid-Friendly Portions 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 and her articles can also be found on 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 .

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