Brain Food: Recipes for Success for School, Sports, and Life Paperback – May 10 2007
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Brain Food shows parents how to create a healthy balanced lifestyle for their kids with practical tips for every stage of a child's life. We learn that fueling their mind is as important as fueling their body. The kid-friendly recipes are a bonus! (Carole Lewis, First Place National Director)
BRAIN FOOD is a resource that takes the ingredients of the most up-to-date nutritional science and mixes in a liberal portion of common-sense parenting and combines them into a practical, fun, 'can-do' guide that any parent would want to have and use to help their child become more highly healthy. I highly recommend it. (Walt Larimore M.D., Family Physician and Author of SuperSized Kids: How to Rescue Your Child from the Obesity Threat, and God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child and Teen)
Filled to the brim with tasty tidbits of practical know-how, BRAIN FOOD offers a common sense approach to feeding our children right for optimal learning. Caruana and Hammer have a handle on what families face in this fast food and quick fix day and age. They offer us all a renewed chance to do everything in moderation. (Ruth A. Peters, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, contributor to NBC's Today Show)
About the Author
Vicki Guercia Caruana is a teacher turned writer who specializes in educational topics for teachers, parents, and children. Vicki seeks to educate and encourage kids and those who live and work with them to strive for excellence. She is a professor at St. Petersburg College in Florida. Her best-selling book Apples & Chalkdust has sold more than 600,000 copies. She has written 18 books and is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. She lives in Seminole, Florida. Kelly Guercia Hammer is a nutritionist and personal trainer. She has a degree in Nutrition and Fitness from Florida State University and has subsequently trained and been consult to more than 1000 individuals. Since 1991 she has worked with corporate executives and athletes to stay at home moms and beginning weight trainers. She worked as a personal health consultant/trainer in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria where her clients included Former Mayor Ed Koch. She lives in Sylva, North Carolina.
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The book opens up with a story about a family who is skipping breakfast and always eating fast food because they are so busy. The authors may think this represents most of America, but I (and probably others who are buying this book) don't eat this way. My kids always eat breakfast, and fast food, while not taboo in our house, certainly isn't a way of life!
I was really hoping this book would build on the knowledge that I have already have. Instead, I found much of the information to be confusing and conflicting. In chapter 1, the authors list the best and worst foods by category. For proteins, porterhouse steak and QUAIL of all things are listed in the "Best" category, but salmon is not even mentioned! Under the list of "worsts" are baking soda and baking powder, but many recipes in the back use these! "Diet" drinks and sweeteners are naturally listed as "worst" but again, there is a recipe that calls for sugar free jello! Moreover, there are a couple of actually very healthy foods that the authors say to avoid, such as coconut oil and AVOCADOS!!! Virgin coconut oil is excellent brain food (all baby formulas contain it--although I breastfed) and avocados, with their healthy fats and over 19 nutrients are as good for the brain as blueberries!
I was hoping at least the recipe section would have some new recipes that incorporated healthy foods in different ways. I hardly call Ants on a Log an exciting, let alone original recipe. Barbeque Sloppy Joes contain liquid smoke (can't be good for you!) and is a very basic recipe. And probably most surprising of all, more than a couple recipes call for either refrigerated biscuit dough, crescent rolls, or cookie dough. All of these contain partially-hydrogenated oils and artifical flavors, colors, and preservatives. One recipe even calls for Trix cereal (after the authors have said sugary cereals are bad for brain function!) Another recipe calls for 4 cups miniature marshmallows. I am not one of those parents who never give their kids sweets and never let them eat sugar cereals, but I do try to be sensible about them. My kids do eat more junk than I'd like. However, when I buy a book about "Brain Foods" I expect it to be genuine and contain information and recipes where the focus really is on nutrition--not on fun. Anyone can take a bag of marshmallows and make something taste good. What kid isn't going to eat Trix if you give it to him?
Sorry to say, I am not impressed. What I was looking for was solid information on what foods really are the BEST for brain function, not recipes that make healthy foods unhealthy. I am sending the book back for a refund. I have found more useful information surfing the internet. There are many other books out there that do a much better job at overall nutrition. Food for Tots and Superfoods for Super Kids are a few I can think of off-hand.
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