New Cookbook Helps Parents Teach Kids About Food and Nutrition

New Cookbook Helps Parents Teach Kids About Food and Nutrition

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New Cookbook Helps Parents Teach Kids About Food and Nutrition


In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the Wheat Foods Council has published Food for Thought from Parents to Children, an educational cookbook featuring recipes from celebrity chef and mother of three, Gale Gand, and from parents across the nation. The compact, spiral-bound cookbook, available at for $3.50, showcases wheat-based recipes and addresses the importance of nutrition for children, emphasizing a parent’s role in a child’s healthy diet.

A portion of cookbook proceeds benefits Spoons Across America, a not-for-profit organization that works to positively influence the eating habits of children through hands-on education.

Fighting Childhood Obesity

‘Considering more than 15 percent of children in the United States are obese, we believe parents need to take a more active role in their children’s diets in order to instill healthy eating habits,’ says Marcia Scheideman, M.S., R.D., president of the Wheat Foods Council. ‘This book arms parents with information and guidance that will enable them to communicate with their children about the foods they eat and their ability to affect their health.’

p(right caption). Wheaty Peach Cobbler

Food for Thought from Parents to Children features 30 recipes developed by parents throughout the U.S., plus five exclusive creations from Chef Gand, award-winning pastry chef, cookbook author and Food Network personality. Recipes in the categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts are accompanied by educational facts about the featured foods, including nutritional content, portion sizes and food origin. Also included is a guide that parents can use to ensure time spent in the kitchen with kids is a fun, educational experience.

We especially enjoyed the easy-to-understand descriptions given for recommended portion sizes such as these:

  • Deck of cards or the palm of your hand = one serving of meat, fish or poultry (3-4 ounces)
  • CD = one serving of pancake or waffle (1-2 ounces)
  • Computer mouse = one serving of baked potato

Most recipes are accompanied by full-color photography and all contain complete nutrition analysis, plus prep and cook times. For a preview of the recipes included in the cookbook, you may check them out in our Recipes section. Here are links to the four recipes you can find there:

Chocolate Hazelnut Cereal Haystacks

Wheaty Peach Cobbler

Wheat Berry Tuna Salad

Strawberry and Yogurt Wheat Crepes

If you have little ones and would like them to form smart eating habits for life, this little cookbook could prove to be a valuable teaching aid—not to mention adding some tasty new recipes to your repertoire.

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