4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mom to 3 boys
- Published on Amazon.com
I was really hoping this book would meet my expectations. Through the years, I have always tried to gather any information I can about getting the most nutritional bang for my buck when it comes to feeding my often picky eaters. Because my kids don't always eat as much healthy food as I would like them to, I try to maximize by focusing on whole "superfoods" (wild salmon, blueberries, sweet potatoes, eggs, spinach, etc.) when I can.
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Midwest Book Review
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Brain Food: Recipes for Success in School, Sports, and Life is more than a cookbook - it's a guide for parents to helping kids eat balanced diets of good nutrition. A blend of solid parenting advice and the latest nutritional science, Brain Food offers guidelines for preparing food for children of all ages, what attitudes to expect children to have toward food and how to instill healthy eating habits, recommended recipes for all three meals and sample meal plans, and much more. The suggested recipes include delicacies ranging from "Cereal Trail Mix" to "Cheese Spinach Noodles", "Barbecue Turkey Sloppy Joes", and "Peanut Ginger Pasta Salad." Each recipe also lists its prep time, and basic nutrition information concerning calories, fat calories, and percentages of fat, protein, and carbohydrates per serving. Highly recommended, especially in today's age of rampant child obesity and media glorification of unhealthy foods.