|This fun cookbook features kid-friendly recipes that highlight fruits and vegetables. All recipes have at least ½ cup fruits or vegetables per serving. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, children who consume between 1400 and 2200 calories should 1 ½-2 cups of fruits and 1 ½-3 cups of vegetables a day.
Recipes included in the cookbook are easy to prepare and can be put together quickly. Many of them involve little actual cooking and can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. Most recipes can be prepared by children with adult supervision. Recipes feature appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. In addition to including fruits and vegetables, many use lowfat dairy products and whole grains.
Nutrition information is included for all recipes on the recipe pages, and in a table at the end of the document. It is important to note that the nutrition information provided is based on a 2000 calorie diet, and may need to be adjusted for some children based on their age and activity level. The nutrition information is not provided as a nutrition fact panel.
Each recipe is accompanied by a colorful and appetizing photograph of the prepared recipe. Recipes also include various tips for preparation and serving suggestions and well as physical activity suggestions and fun facts about nutrients. A child-friendly tip sheet for cooking safely is included at the beginning of the book.
The printed copy of the book is available as a 5 by 7” spiral bound book, which can stand up on its own. The book is printed in Spanish on one side, and English on the other, allowing SNAP-Ed educators to easily accommodate both Spanish and English speaking participants.