Friday 22 April 2011

Book review : Children’s Nutrition: A Parent’s Guide - Angela Falaschi & Andréa Childs

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I recently reviewed (here) the handy guide from Need 2 Know publishers called Travelling with Children (A Parent's Guide), written by Catherine Cooper. They kindly offered me another of their guides for parents, this time about children's nutrition, to review but also to offer in a giveaway.

The book uses the same format as the other book I reviewed (which is presumably the same for all of their guides) with short paragraphs that are easy to dip in and out of and handy "summing up" resumes at the end of each chapter. If you're not keen on reading or just don't have the time, you'll still be able to skim through and find some useful information quickly and simply.

I love the fact that the book covers all stages of childhood, with chapters for each age range : Birth to One, One to Five, Six to Ten and Eleven to Eighteen. So many parents buy baby books and read up on baby weaning then stop worrying about it - myself included ! - so it was really interesting to properly think about the nutritional needs of each stage of childhood. Like most people, I know the basics of good nutrition - five-a-day for fruit and veg, a good breakfast and go easy on the fat and sugar intake - but I always do a "one meal for all the family" approach, whereas 6-year-old Juliette wouldn't have the same needs as 9-year-old Sophie or 21-month-old Pierre, let alone the adults.

I love the case studies about real people that really put things into perspective - the vegetarian child, the boy who didn't like vegetables, the picky eater - as well as the quick tips for, amongst other things, healthy lunch box ideas, exam food or nutritious snacks. The final chapters contain simple but nutritious recipes that use mainly store cupboard basics, categorised into Purées and First Foods, Good Start Breakfasts, Keep Going Lunches, Tasty Family Dinners, Snacks and Treats and 'Medicine Cabinet' Meals - meals using ingredients reputed to help ease or avoid certain common childhood complaints like earache, cold sores or colds.

About the Authors

Angela Falaschi is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist and Homeopath for 17 years, and has worked with private clients and at the Hale Clinic, one of Europe’s leading complementary health centres. Currently practicing at The Nutri Centre. She is a Member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists, a Member of the Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists and a Member of The Homeopathic Medical Association. Angela’s clients range from pregnant women, babies and children to adults and the elderly and include a number of medical professionals, and from time to time an A-List celebrity or two! In her career she has advised more than 10,000 clients with a variety of health problems, and has contributed articles and expert comment to a range of newspapers and magazines. Her research, practice and personal experience have proven to her that good nutrition is the foundation of vitality and good health.

Andréa Childs is a journalist with 18 years’ experience as a writer and editor, specialising in health, lifestyle and women’s issues. She is former Assistant Editor of Red magazine and now regularly contributes to a range of national publications, including The Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express newspapers, and magazines Red, Marie Claire, Zest, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, Pregnancy & Birth, Practical Parenting, Instyle and Living etc. Andréa lives in Brighton with her husband Neil and their two children, Kirkland, eight, and Sylvie, three.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £9.99

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1 comment:

  1. That sounds really interesting - glad to see they cover vegetarian children as mine have been veggies all their lifes:) and do get funny comments from people about them not getting their vitamins etc!



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