Get Your Kids to Eat Anything – book review
I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Emily Leary’s new book “Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” in advance of its publication this week in order to review it. As you may already know, I do have a few issues with food and my girls. Freyja will not eat fruit, but is becoming more adventurous with savoury dishes, especially with spicy food. Emily loves fruit, but will not eat anything that has anything slightly spicy in it. She is also intolerant to salmon. I want to be able to have more family meals together where we are all eating the same thing. I want to be able to all go out for a meal, where I don’t have to check if there is fish fingers and chips available on the menu.
I was so excited about Emily’s book. I love her food blog, A Mummy Too. Her recipes are straight-forward and delicious. My favourite recipe of hers is for quiches in pepper cups. They satisfy my love for quiche, but are much healthier. I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed by any of these new recipes. However, “Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” isn’t just a recipe book. It comprises of a 5-stage programme to change the way your family views food. The idea to get out of the rut of having just a few staple meals, is just what I needed.
The 5-stage programme involves putting the unfamiliar into the familiar, educating, discovering the fun in food, stepping into the unknown and then cementing variety. Each phase involves a clear explanation about the thinking behind the phase, with advice, activities and recipes.
Although Freyja doesn’t eat fruit, she will drink smoothies. I decided to try the apple pie smoothie with the girls. This was such an easy recipe, that Emily did most of the work making it, and enjoyed it. Freyja did try it but because it was yoghurt-based, wasn’t too keen. I, on the other hand, loved it. I am always sceptical when smoothies are suggested for breakfast, as I don’t find them satiating, and I find myself feeling hungry again soon afterwards. However, this smoothie was completely different. I felt really full.
My next plan to try to get Freyja eating some fruit was by way of the “Healthier chocolate cookies“. These contain banana, so I made a batch for the girls and a friend for when they got home. They were a big hit! Freyja decided they were like a mix of chocolate and flapjacks and had got half way through her cookie when Emily piped up by saying “These taste a bit like banana!” I confessed to Freyja, who not only finished the banana-filled biscuit, she ate another one a bit later on. She has even said she will eat them again in the future and suggests I add some raisins and chocolate chips to them.
I think one of my favourite things about “Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” is how easy it makes getting your children involved in understanding what is in their food and being able to help prepare it. Both of mine love fish fingers, but I have never made them. So the girls and I had a go at the “Curried fish fingers“. We had our own little production line going – I cut up the pieces of fish, Freyja rolled them in the flour and spice mix and then transferred them to the bowl of beaten egg. Emily took the pieces out of the egg, rolled in the breadcrumbs and spice mix and lay them on the baking tray. Emily really enjoyed them, despite them being slightly spiced! They tasted delicious and it was just so much fun making them together.
You can get a copy of “Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” here, and with a RRP of £16.99 for the hardcover book, I think it is such great value, and it will quickly become a parenting essential!
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of “Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.