Synopses & Reviews
From fluorescent yogurt to 100-calorie snack packs, most "kid friendly" food has little nutritional benefit. We've convinced ourselves that in order to get kids to eat it, food needs to be packaged into something fake, colored, and far from its natural source. No wonder kids protest when we ask them to eat their vegetables. They don't come in a box!
Enter Stacey Antine, founder of HealthBarn USA, an organization at the front lines of introducing kids and their families to healthy eating habits and real food. While some parents "sneak" nutritious foods into meals, Antine knows from experience that the key to raising adventurous, wise eaters is to connect kids to the food they eat. Kids are more likely to try new foods and make healthy choices if they understand where ingredients come from, know why certain foods are good for their bodies and minds, and have an active role in preparation, from gathering ingredients to cooking.
In Appetite for Life, mealtime is no longer a battleground, but an opportunity for fun and experimentation. In fact, Antine encourages giving children a voice: with her "no yucks allowed" method, kids use a thumbs-up/thumbs-down rating system for each new food they try, but they always have to try at least one bite.
Featuring food the whole family will love (no more separate kids menu!), this book includes: nutritious, easy-to-make recipes for all three meals plus snack time, which have been tested and approved by the thousands of kids who attend HealthBarn; family activities like Stacey's Supermarket Spy Kids game; and great-tasting, home-made alternatives to your go-to store-bought foods, with side-by-side nutritional analysis to highlight the benefits of learning to eat the HealthBarn way. Appetite for Life is the key ingredient to a healthier, happier dinner table.
"Antine, founder of HealthBarn USA in Bergen County, N.J., and Westchester, N.Y., left a job as a senior v-p at an advertising firm to earn a master's degree in science, food, and dietetics. From there, disturbed by news that children today may not live as long as their parents because of such lifestyle diseases as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, she answered her 'career-changing wake-up call' and opened an innovative business that has taught more than 30,000 kids (HealthBarn runs summer camps, after-school programs, weekend workshops, and school assemblies, giving parents a break from the role of 'enforcer, detective or martyr' when it comes to getting their kids to eat healthfully). The focus is on helping kids connect the dots between eating well and feeling good. Antine, who is not a parent herself (the kids call her 'Aunt Stace'), says children are more likely to eat good foods when they are involved in the growing, shopping, and/or preparation. Information and education are part of the program she gets kids reading labels and acting as 'spies' who learn to search for additives and other unwanted ingredients. Frustrated parents will find plenty of encouraging and practical ideas as well as more than 100 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“I love this book! Antine has taken what some call complicated ideas about food and nutritional intake and made it easy for kids and parents to understand. Your young ones will live happier and healthier!” Curtis G. Aikens Sr., Food Network chef and author of Curtis Aikens' Guide to the Harvest
“Stacey Antine understands kids, nutrition, and the joys of good food and knows how to bring them all together. She gets kids to love foods that love them back. If you care about food, health, and kids, you will love this book!” David L. Katz, MD, Yale University School of Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Childhood Obesity
“My kids are now reading ingredient labels, making their own healthy and informed food choices and are eager to try new foods and experiment with growing some of their own. Stacey Antine has changed the way our family eats. ” Kerry Kittles, former NBA player, Los Angeles Clippers and New Jersey Nets.
“Stacey has been able to translate important health and nutrition concepts into fun, hands-on learning experiences. Appetite for Life brings this proven model for food, gardening, and nutrition home to millions of parents who want the best for their childrens health.” Christine L. Williams, MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Director of the Children's Cardiovascular Health Center at Columbia University
“Who doesnt want their kids to love eating healthy foods? As a pediatrician, I highly recommend Appetite for Life for all families who want to make healthy eating fun again. Stacey Antine provides a practical and engaging roadmap to helping your child become the great eater you want them to be. This book will change your life.” ” Lawrence D.Rosen, MD, The Whole Child Center
About the Author
Stacey Antine, MS, RD, is the founder and CEO of HealthBarn USA, a leader in proven hands-on healthy-lifestyle education for children and their families, and a registered dietitian with over twenty years of experience as a nutrition counselor, speaker, and media spokesperson. HealthBarn USA has served over 30,000 kids and their families and has been featured on the Rachael Ray Show and CNN's House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.