EAT WELL, LOSE WEIGHT WHILE BREASTFEEDING
Explains the weight loss process in realistic terms and answers important questions breastfeeding mothers may have regarding the nutrition of their babies. Includes information on breastfeeding, dieting, exercise, realistic goal setting, recipes, and more. LLL does not recommend the use of diet soft drinks. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Sept-Oct 1995.)
THE MASH AND SMASH COOKBOOK
John Wiley & Sons, 1997
A cookbook for kids who want to have fun while creating great-tasting, healthful foods. The instructions include mashing and smashing ingredients with a plastic bag-covered hand, jumping up and down to mix things together, and other fun and ingenious ways that kids can cook on their own, without using sharp or dangerous tools. Recipe categories include Breakfast Bites, Goodwiches, Sips, Dips, and Crisps, Side Dish Funnies, Supper Stuff, and Sweetie Treats and Freezer Pleasers. Each is marked with 1, 2, or 3 hands to indicate how much adult help might be needed. Fascinating facts and ideas for creating your own recipes round out this smashing collection of fun, nutritious, and kid-safe recipes. Age range: 6-9 years. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 2002.)
FOOD: YOUR MIRACLE MEDICINE
A comprehensive reference book which cites more than 10,000 scientific studies to point out the importance of good nutrition in fighting common illnesses and in contributing to good health.
EATING THE ALPHABET
Illustrated in Ehlert’s bright and appealing style, this book introduces the family to common and uncommon fruits and vegetables from A-Z.
Ballantine Books, 2003
Dinner is saved! This book takes the stress out of meal-planning and gets families back to the meal table. Packed with practical tips for healthy meal preparation, Saving Dinner is divided by seasons with each section featuring eight weeks of menus with corresponding grocery lists, organized by product. This book is a must for busy families wanting simple, healthy meals for each night of the week.
Goldbeck, Nikki & David
GOOD BREAKFAST BOOK
Ceres Press, rev. ed. 1992
Features over 450 whole food/vegetarian recipes that help make breakfast fun and healthful. Includes sections on work and school day breakfasts, brunches, kids’ favorites, baked goods, and cereals.
MY CHILD WON’T EAT!
La Leche League International, 2005
Parents everywhere worry when their baby or toddler doesn’t seem to eat as much as they think he should! Dr. Carlos Gonzalez sets those fears to rest as he explores the reasons why a child refuses food, the pitfalls of growth charts, and the ways that growth and activity affect a child’s caloric needs.
WHOLE FOODS FROM THE WHOLE WORLD COOKBOOK
LLL families from all over the world contributed their favorite recipes to this unique international cookbook. Many recipes have been adapted by the contributors to add more nutritional value to traditional ethnic dishes. Ingredients listed in standard and metric; complete nutritional analysis included for each recipe.
MOTHERFOOD: Food and Herbs that Promote Milk Production and a Mother’s Health
Motherfood is a well-researched book that focuses on foods and herbs that support lactation. From the ayurvedic wisdom of India to the practices of traditional Chinese medicine to the Iowa Women’s Health Study about coffee, tea, and caffeine consumption, Ms. Jacobson has examined foods and their effects, especially on lactation. Her years of personal research sparked by her personal efforts to bolster her own faltering milk supply can benefit all breastfeeding mothers.
WHOLE FOODS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
LLLI, 2nd rev. ed., 1993
Revised edition of the classic LLL cookbook. Contains more than 900 kitchen-tested recipes contributed by mothers all over the world, complete with nutritional analysis for each recipe. Filled with time-saving make-ahead meals, ideas for using leftovers, special diet and allergy recipes. Includes meat and meatless dishes, ethnic foods, whole grain breads, desserts, snacks, and sandwiches. Available in English and French.
WHOLE FOODS FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS
This beginning guide into the world of whole foods helps mothers to introduce their babies to solids and to encourage healthful eating for all ages. It contains updated information on the inferiority of processed and packaged baby food and the superiority of whole foods. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 2002.)
La Leche League International
WHOLE FOODS FOR KIDS TO COOK
A cookbook aimed specifically at children who want to try out their skills in the kitchen. Divided in to two sections: “Beginning to Cook” for preschoolers and very basic, and “Now You’re Cooking,” for the over-fives. Easy-to-follow instructions throughout the book. (Reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS, Nov-Dec 2002.)
FEEDING THE WHOLE FAMILY: Whole Food Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents.
Moon Smile Press, rev. ed. 1998
A refreshing cookbook which explains the power a mother holds as she strolls down the grocery aisle to buy food that will vitalize her family’s minds, bodies, and spirits. The author, a certified health and nutrition counselor who teaches whole foods cooking, enthusiastically endorses human milk for baby’s best start in life, and offers nutritious, almost entirely meatless recipes, with variations for adapting each recipe for babies and children. Helpful guide to “Identifying, Shopping and Storing Whole Foods” gives information on some of the book’s many exotic ingredients, from agar to udon noodles, including mail order sources.
THE EVERYDAY WHOLEFOOD COOKBOOK
Grub Street (in association with LLLGB), 1997
Published by La Leche League Great Britain, this cookbook contains a range of healthy recipes for the family, information on first foods for babies, suggestions on what healthy wholefood store cupboard should contain, and general guidelines for healthy eating. Each recipe gives serving suggestions and nutritional guidelines, and is set out in a clear, user-friendly style.
THE OVERWEIGHT CHILD
Originally titled All Shapes and Sizes, this book is an excellent resource for parents of larger-than-average children. Parents are encouraged to focus on improving fitness and self-esteem rather than solely on weight. The authors examine many causes of weight gain, and offer good advice on coping with teasing and negative feelings and healthful eating using a whole-foods diet.
Sears, William, Peter Sears, and Sean Foy
DR. SEARS’ LEAN KIDS: Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Nutrition
New American Library, 2003
A positive and practical guide to promoting good family nutrition and fitness, especially targeted to parents of children between the ages of six and 12. The LEAN program addresses Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition, and teaches the reader how and why to make healthy, wise lifestyle choices, exercise for 30-60 minutes a day regularly, speak positively to oneself and others, and make nutritious choices.
Sears, William, Martha Sears & Christie Kelley
EAT HEALTHY, FEEL GREAT
Little Brown, 2002
Parent resource, teaching tool, and picture book for 5-9 year olds gives children the nutrition information they need to choose a healthful diet. Simple recipes are included as well as illustrations featuring red-, yellow-, and green-light foods and a happy, warm attachment-parenting family.
Sears, William and Martha
THE FAMILY NUTRITION BOOK
Little Brown, 1999
A comprehensive and informative book about nutrition based on the Sears’ many years of professional and personal experience with children. It covers much more than preparing and eating healthful foods. It also addresses breastfeeding, starting solids, feeding your immune system and the anti-cancer diet. A thorough reference which answers nutrition questions clearly and includes many “just fun” ideas that every family can use to promote family nutrition and raise healthy children. (Reviewed in LEAVEN, Aug-Sept, 2000.)
FERTILITY, CYCLES, AND NUTRITION
Couple to Couple League, 3rd ed., 2001
Intriguing and accessible book that explores the question: “Can what you eat affect your menstrual cycles and your fertility?” Shannon fully supports breastfeeding and a whole-foods diet. The third edition contains five new articles which originally appeared in the Couple to Couple League newsletter, including two on polycystic ovaries. Readers should heed Shannon’s frequent recommendations to consult a nutritional counselor if considering supplements for health problems. Some doses discussed far exceed the RDA for pregnant and lactating women, especially for Vitamins A, B complex, C and E. Shannon’s religious beliefs and interest in Natural Family Planning are reflected throughout the text.
Meadowbrook, rev. ed., 2000
Covers every facet of good nutrition, from pre-pregnancy through postpartum. Offers meal ideas for each trimester, including shopping lists and cooking tips. Also discusses nutrition during high-risk pregnancies, nutrition for breastfeeding women, and how to lose weight after the baby arrives. Includes information on individual nutrients and which foods contain them, as well as common concerns such as food safety, additives, and the use of artificial sweeteners. Families with food sensitivities should note that many recipes include dairy products.
HEALTHY SNACKS FOR KIDS
Bristol, rev. ed., 1999
This revised edition of Penny Warner’s popular guide to helping children develop healthy eating habits gives a nutritional analysis of each recipe and tells how each fits into the “food pyramid.” Recipes are high in nutrition, easy to prepare, low in sugar and salt, and fun to eat. (Earlier edition reviewed in NEW BEGINNINGS Jan-Feb 1989.)
Getting toddlers to eat good foods can sometimes be challenging, but this book can help you make it easier. More than 100 recipes for fun, tasty food are included along with a great nutritional reference section that gives information on many store-bought products.
A practical guide from the World Health Organization for working with families of breastfed babies, particularly in developing countries. It describes the gradual introduction of solid foods, emphasizing the use of local food sources. Reflects older WHO recommendation of starting solids at 4 to 6 months and WHO’s recommended weaning age of two years.