Best Nutrition Books for Kids
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Are you looking for a gift that keeps on giving? My list of the best nutrition books for kids is just what you need. Perfect for the holidays, a baby shower, or a “just because” gift, these books will help any recipient cook better, feed children more effectively, and manage the ins and outs of certain medical challenges in the healthiest of ways.
If you’re a parent you are undoubtedly in the throes of feeding kids. You’re shopping and cooking, gathering and planning, and probably negotiating food to some degree, all in an effort to help your child be the healthiest eater and little person he can be.
If you’re a grandparent, you may be seeing some undesirable eating habits develop in your grandchildren. You don’t want to lecture, meddle or step on any toes. This book list includes resources that can help have an impact without pinpointing you as the messenger…or meddler.
I’ve reviewed these books myself, use them in my practice to help parents, and consider them the cream of the crop when it comes to nutrition for kids.
Best Nutrition Books for Kids
General Nutrition and Feeding Books
Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen
Written by yours truly together with Maryann Jacobsen, we teach you what to feed kids, how to do it in a positive way, and why kids behave the way they do around food at each stage of childhood.
Child of Mine by Ellyn Satter
The Gold Standard reference for building trust in feeding children and establishing positive feeding, using the Division of Responsibility. A must-read for all new parents.
It’s Not About the Broccoli by Dina Rose
Take the focus off of food and put it on healthy habits. Rose provides a refreshing change from the “fix it with food” mentality, helping you mold healthy habits in your child.
How to Teach Nutrition to Kids by Connie Evers
Want to help kids learn about nutrition? Get creative with the way you present and educate about nutrition! This book is chock full of ideas and methods to effectively teach children about nutrition in an age-appropriate way.
Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater by Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock
Teach kids from birth through school-age how to become adventurous eaters, even if they are picky! Written by a pediatrician and feeding therapist, this book gives you the how-to’s of navigating picky eating and raising adventurous eaters.
Feeding Baby by Clancy Cash Harrison
Harrison gives you baby food recipes, ways to incorporate more flavor, and step-by-step guidance for introducing solid foods in the first year of life. If you have questions about how to get started feeding your baby, this is the perfect book for you.
Specific Nutrition Conditions
I wrote this book to provide a guidebook to parents and coaches about sports nutrition for kids and young athletes. It includes everything you need to know about fueling the young athlete from age 8 – 18 years, compiling the latest research available and turning it into practical, livable advice. Learn what to feed and how to grow a performing machine.
World-renowned researcher on teen eating behaviors, Neumark-Sztainer summarizes her research in an easy-to-read, practical book to help teens eat and exercise with balance in mind. No extremes here, and no diets. Neumark-Sztainer takes extra care to address disordered eating and eating disorder prevention.
Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It by Scott Sicherer
Set up in a Q & A style, food allergies expert Sicherer covers the most common (and some uncommon) questions about food allergies in this informative book.
Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion and Feeding Disorders by Katja Rowell and Jenny McGlothlin
Family doctor specializing in childhood feeding, Katja Rowell, joins forces with speech pathologist, Jenny McGlothlin, to help you support your child’s nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for your child and you) once and for all.
Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet by Cheri Fraker, Mark Fishbein, Sibyl Cox and Laura Walbert
Revealing a new approach to helping picky eaters expand their diets, Fraker and co-authors teach the system they use in their daily practice with picky eaters. Years of experience and success with picky eaters informs their unique approach.
Cooking Light’s Dinnertime Survival Guide by Sally Kuzemchak
Real Mom Nutrition blogger, Sally Kuzemchak, helps you get dinner on the table, pronto! Kid-pleasing, family-friendly recipes to ensure nutritious meals for all…and you won’t lose your mind in the process!
ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family by Sally Sampson
Simple, healthy, and delicious dishes for children and parents to make together. This cookbook is jam-packed with kitchen basics, ingenious tips, and meals that taste great and are fun to make.
No Whine with Dinner by Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex
The dietitians behind the popular cooking blog, Meal Makeover Moms Kitchen, showcase 150 easy to make, family-friendly recipes as well as 50 moms’ secrets for getting picky eaters to try new foods. Every recipe in No Whine with Dinner was tested by moms and tasted by kids.
Best Lunch Box Ever by Katie Sullivan Morford
Katie has filled this cookbook with recipes, ideas, and strategies for packing creative and healthful lunches for kids, solving what is for many parents the most taxing of daily chores.
Rise & Shine by Katie Sullivan Morford
The answer for every parent who has struggled to get breakfast on the table and to get their child to actually eat it! With 75 breakfast recipes that are entry-level-easy, with at least half requiring no more than five minutes of hands-on prep time, every delicious recipe is an exercise in good nutrition and good taste.
The Everything Kids Cookbook by Sandra Nissenberg
Nissenberg makes sure each recipe in this cookbook tells your child how hard it is and lets you know exactly what ingredients and equipment he will need so that he (and you!) can plan ahead. You’ll both find something you like no matter what!
What to Cook for Dinner with Kids by Maryann Jacobsen
Jacobsen takes you through her self-taught method for deciding what to cook for dinner and how to make it happen. And, yes, your kids will love her recipes!
Tell me, which of these nutrition books is your favorite? Did I miss one? Let me know in the comments!
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