Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Cleaner Plate Club: A Book Review

About The Book:

Childhood obesity. Diabetes. Developmental delays and disorders. Today s parents know that what their kids eat is key to their health. Their kids are bombarded with a relentless parade of ads for junk food, fast food, and empty calorie treats. How can parents get their kids to eat meals that don t come out of a box? The Cleaner Plate Club comes to the rescue. Mommy-bloggers Beth Bader and Alison Benjamin offer simple solutions, recipes, meal suggestions, and tips to help parents get kids to eat non-processed food that s been grown locally or organically and guess what? enjoy it. They recognize that cooking real food isn t difficult, but it does require some know-how, which they supply with humor and compassion. Beth and Alison show readers how to prepare foods found at the farmers market (and how to substitute, say, asparagus for string beans if need be), plan ahead and estimate prep time, and get used to cooking food that doesn t come with printed directions. Their fresh advice will help parents eliminate food waste, plan for leftovers, present foods that are appealing to kids, and quit fighting with their children finally about food. The Cleaner Plate Club offers kid-tested recipes for every meal, basic vegetable preparations for farmers market finds, and more healthful recipes for sweets and snacks. Readers will also find shopping strategies, the reasons kids like the foods they do, and vegetable profiles (including nutrition information and tips on selection, storage, and preparation). Expert advice and innovative ideas about feeding kids make this book a must-have for any parent. Fresh, funny, and nonjudgmental, The Cleaner Plate Club is a recipe for healthier kids and happier parents.

About The Authors:

Beth Bader has been a photojournalist, writer, and shark wrangler. As much activist as cook, she is, most of all, a mom determined to make the world a better place for her child, one meal at a time. She is a food blogger and contributes to and, and

Ali Benjamin has worked for big companies, grassroots non-profits, and the Peace Corps. Still, one of her greatest achievements so far is seeing her children dive into a bowl of kale. She writes the blog Cleaner Plate Club.

My Review: 

A fun and informative book that will get your children (and you!) eating healthier in no time at all! With tons of great tips and recipes, you will find ideas for switching to whole grain foods, feeding the picky eater and learning the importance of portion control and eating according the food guide. This book is for the entire family, not just for feeding children, and it has become one of my favorite books to reference. Although some of the recommendations are based on American statistics, there are very similar to those here in Canada, so had no problem implementing them with my own family and our lifestyle.  There are recipes all through the book and I was able to make a few. All very very easy to follow, tasted great and used many everyday ingredients.

If you are looking for a great book, that will help you get your kids (and you) eating healthier and having fun doing so, then I highly recommend this book! It would be a great addition to any family cookbook collection, as well as a great resource for Early Childhood Education professionals.

I give this book a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Cleaner Plate Club at your favorite bookseller from Thomas Allen and Sons

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Allen and Sons, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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