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Contents

Please Read This First ...................................................................................................... 2

Terms of Use ...........................................................................................................................2

Disclaimer................................................................................................................................2

Contents ............................................................................................................................. 3

About the Author .............................................................................................................. 9

1. Introduction................................................................................................................. 10

The Importance of having Breakfast every day........................................................... 11

The 4 Food Groups ......................................................................................................... 13

Breakfast ...............................................................................................................................13

Lunch .....................................................................................................................................13

Dinner ....................................................................................................................................13

Snacks ...................................................................................................................................13

Points to Remember.............................................................................................................14

Giving Your Child Quality Food................................................................................... 16

Improving Your Child’s Appetite ................................................................................. 18

Eating Patterns .........................................................................................................................19

Fix Feeding Problems ..................................................................................................... 20

The Common Feeding Problems ............................................................................................20

Introducing Your Child to New Foods. ...............................................................................20

He doesn’t Like Certain Foods............................................................................................20

Refusal to Eat........................................................................................................................21

Playing with Food .................................................................................................................21

Food Jags..............................................................................................................................21

Changes in Eating Habits............................................................................................... 22

1 Year Old ..................................................................................................................................22

18 Months ..................................................................................................................................22

2 Years .......................................................................................................................................23

2 ½ Years ...................................................................................................................................23

3 Years .......................................................................................................................................24

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4 Years .......................................................................................................................................24

5 Years .......................................................................................................................................24

6 Years .......................................................................................................................................24

7 Years .......................................................................................................................................25

8 Years .......................................................................................................................................25

9 Years .......................................................................................................................................25

The Importance of Vegetables in the Diet .................................................................... 27

Children and Snacks....................................................................................................... 31

Low Calorie Snacks. ....................................................................................................... 34

Sugar Free Snacks ...................................................................................................................35

Milk Group .............................................................................................................................35

Meat Group................................................................................................................................35

Fruit and Vegetable Group ......................................................................................................35

Bread and Cereal Group ..........................................................................................................36

Others ........................................................................................................................................36

Snack Suggestions...................................................................................................................36

Meal Preparation Suggestions ....................................................................................... 37

Tips for Buying Food ...................................................................................................... 40

Healthy Storage and Processing .................................................................................... 43

Food Freezing Tips ......................................................................................................... 44

More Suggestions ............................................................................................................ 46

Suggested Menus for Young Children ...................................................................................46

Monday ..................................................................................................................................46

Tuesday .................................................................................................................................46

Wednesday............................................................................................................................47

Thursday................................................................................................................................48

Friday .....................................................................................................................................48

Saturday ................................................................................................................................49

Sunday...................................................................................................................................49

Food Alternates ............................................................................................................... 51

Bread and Bread Alternates ................................................................................................51

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Meat and Meat Alternates ....................................................................................................51

Vegetables and Fruits ..........................................................................................................51

Weights and Measures.................................................................................................... 52

Foods which are High in Iron ........................................................................................ 53

Glossary of Cooking Terms............................................................................................ 55

Recipes ............................................................................................................................. 57

Soups.........................................................................................................................................57

ABC Soup ..............................................................................................................................57

Asian Soup ............................................................................................................................57

Peas, Poppy seed and Noodles ..........................................................................................58

Navy Bean & Onion Chowder..............................................................................................59

Louisiana Gumbo .................................................................................................................59

Ham’n’Veggies Soup ............................................................................................................60

Salads ........................................................................................................................................61

Apple Bonus..........................................................................................................................61

Carrot Pineapple Salad ........................................................................................................61

Vege Salad with V O Dressing.............................................................................................61

Pine ‘n’ Lime Salad ...............................................................................................................63

Tuna’n’Apple Salad ..............................................................................................................63

Maca Yogu Salad ..................................................................................................................64

Vegetables.................................................................................................................................64

Southern-Fried Carrots ........................................................................................................64

Tastee Cabbage Slaw...........................................................................................................65

Stir Fried Rice .......................................................................................................................65

Glazed Carrots Surprise ......................................................................................................66

VegeBean Salad....................................................................................................................66

Pudding .....................................................................................................................................67

Banana and Peanut Butter Pudding ...................................................................................67

Pineapple (or Vanilla) Pudding............................................................................................67

Little Puddin’s .......................................................................................................................67

Pudding Wafers ....................................................................................................................68

Desserts.....................................................................................................................................68

Easy Cherry Cobbler ............................................................................................................68

Ezy Apple Cupcakes.............................................................................................................69

Carrot Cake ...........................................................................................................................69

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Old Fashioned Ice Cream ....................................................................................................70

Creamy Rich Peach Ice Cream............................................................................................71

Buttermilk Smoothie.............................................................................................................72

U.S.A. Cherry Cobbler..........................................................................................................72

Main Dishes...............................................................................................................................73

Arroz Con Pollo.....................................................................................................................73

Packed Green Peppers ........................................................................................................74

Deep South Ham ‘n’ Yams ...................................................................................................74

Peanut Butter Brekky Delight..............................................................................................75

Quesadillas............................................................................................................................75

Corn Muffins..........................................................................................................................75

Brekky Skillet ........................................................................................................................76

Blender Applesauce .............................................................................................................77

Simple Strawberry Preserve................................................................................................77

Dill Dip ...................................................................................................................................77

Mr. French’s Pancakes.........................................................................................................77

Hawaii Ham and Rice............................................................................................................78

Vege Yogu Dip ......................................................................................................................79

Cheesy Meat Loaf .................................................................................................................79

Mr. B’s Pancakes ..................................................................................................................79

Ezy Bake Pizza ......................................................................................................................80

Spiced Le Eggo.....................................................................................................................80

Orange Cranberry Relish .....................................................................................................81

Italian Chicken ......................................................................................................................81

Barbecued Stuffed Frankfurters .........................................................................................82

Rice ............................................................................................................................................82

Cheesy Rice ..........................................................................................................................82

Cinnamon Rice......................................................................................................................83

Berry Rice Coconut Delight.................................................................................................83

Easy Asian Fried Rice ..........................................................................................................84

Sandwiches ...............................................................................................................................85

Pita and Egg Salad Sandwiches .........................................................................................85

Pudding Sandwiches............................................................................................................85

Jungle Sandwiches ..............................................................................................................86

Fish-on-a-Hook Sandwiches ...............................................................................................86

Eggy Burger ..........................................................................................................................86

Egg Combo Sandwich..........................................................................................................87

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Snacks .......................................................................................................................................87

Apple Corn ............................................................................................................................87

Monlach (A Poppy Seed Candy) .........................................................................................88

Muesli.....................................................................................................................................89

Huck Finn Crunch.................................................................................................................89

Snazzy Cheese Squares ......................................................................................................90

Peanut Butter Balls...............................................................................................................91

Cherry Delite .........................................................................................................................91

Cherry Crunch.......................................................................................................................91

Banana Sprinkle....................................................................................................................92

Toasty Graham Crackers .....................................................................................................92

Haystacks ..............................................................................................................................92

Jell-O® Popcorn Balls...........................................................................................................93

Banana Freeze Pops.............................................................................................................93

Coconut Orange Balls..........................................................................................................94

Cheesy Roll Ups ...................................................................................................................94

Granola® Fruit Crunchy........................................................................................................94

Tasty Balls.............................................................................................................................94

Rice Crispy Flowers .............................................................................................................95

Butterscotch Chewies..........................................................................................................95

Granola®-type Bars...............................................................................................................95

Shanghai Crispies® Crunch .................................................................................................96

Finger Jell-O® ........................................................................................................................96

Bread..........................................................................................................................................97

Zucchini Bread......................................................................................................................97

Lemon Bread.........................................................................................................................97

Onion Cheese Bread ............................................................................................................98

Raisin Bread..........................................................................................................................99

Oatmeal Bread ................................................................................................................... 100

Brekky Hearts..................................................................................................................... 100

Humpty Dumpty Egg ......................................................................................................... 101

Pecan ‘n’ Carrot Bread...................................................................................................... 101

Hillbilly Bread..................................................................................................................... 102

Gingerbread ....................................................................................................................... 102

Prune Bread ....................................................................................................................... 103

White Bread........................................................................................................................ 104

Basic Sweet Rolls .............................................................................................................. 105

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Fruit......................................................................................................................................... 105

Banana Nut Chunks........................................................................................................... 105

Baked Apple ....................................................................................................................... 106

Pineapple Sweet Potatoes ................................................................................................ 106

Cookies................................................................................................................................... 107

Fortune Cookies ................................................................................................................ 107

Nutty Cheese Cookies....................................................................................................... 107

Cinnamon Nut Cookies ..................................................................................................... 108

Peanut Butter Chews......................................................................................................... 108

Peanut Butter – Raisin Chews.......................................................................................... 109

Drinks, Shakes and Slushes................................................................................................. 109

Fruit Shake ......................................................................................................................... 109

Orange Surprise................................................................................................................. 109

Orange Delight ................................................................................................................... 110

Fizzy Drink.......................................................................................................................... 110

Witches Brew ..................................................................................................................... 110

Orange Smoothie............................................................................................................... 110

Banana Milk Shake ............................................................................................................ 111

Strawberry Shake .............................................................................................................. 111

Pineapple Frosty................................................................................................................ 111

Little Red Hen Punch......................................................................................................... 111

Breakfast Moon Slush....................................................................................................... 112

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About the Author

Robert Grubbs has worked in the childcare field for over twenty years,

starting in 1980.

He wrote his ebook to emphasize the importance of good nutrition and why

we should select a variety of foods to supply all the nutrients children need

each day.

“Nothing can be more important than ensuring the health and safety of our

kids. As parents, we must do everything that we possibly can to help our

children grow into strong and healthy adults”.

Robert Grubbs has done extensive research on the subject and consulted

with friends and family for their input and ideas.

“Cooking For Kids” was written as a guide to assist parents in meal

preparation and to better understand the importance of good nutrition.

Robert Grubbs is also a published songwriter. He lives in Forrest City,

Arkansas with his wife and two kids.

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1. Introduction

Experts agree that we cannot teach much about nutrition to small children,

but we can, however:

9 Teach them that there are many kinds of foods

9 Introduce them to new foods, and

9 Encourage them to choose healthy foods over less nutritious ones.

If a child does not receive the proper nutrition for the first three years of life,

there is a grave danger of retarded growth and mental development.

In order to make children enthusiastic about discovering new foods, you

must first be able to understand the kinds and amounts of food that your

child needs for a balanced diet.

My ebook will show you how to plan more nutritious meals and also how to

determine if your child is getting all the vitamins and iron they need to grow

on.

The resource section at the end of this book contains material and

information that will assist you in planning your meals. You will also find a

variety of recipes for soups, salads, desserts, sandwiches and delicious drinks

to choose from.

I suggest that you read the entire guide and then dip into it again for good

recipes to use or adapt with your own family’s meals when you are planning

them.

I hope that your entire family choose some of them as their favorites like so

many others already have.

Robert Grubbs

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The Importance of having Breakfast every day

For many kids, breakfast is not by choice but by chance, and unfortunately

breakfast at school is their only opportunity for a morning meal.

The benefits of eating a good breakfast include improved academic

performance, lengthened attention span and better behavior.

Research indicates that poor nutrition during early childhood has an affect

not only on physical growth, but on the mental functioning of the child.

Therefore, it is of vital importance that your child not only receives the

proper amount of food but the right kind of food as well.

In spite of all these proven benefits, many parents don’t emphasize to their

kids the importance of eating breakfast, or they simply are not being fed a

good breakfast at home.

For some parents it is a lack of resources.

For others, it is a lack of knowledge.

Do your breakfast menus suffer from the ho-hums? From time to time, offer

new items so that mealtime is something your child can look forward to.

Get your juices flowing!

The key to increased breakfast participation is creative merchandising. You

should consider the following tips:

A. Serve potato breakfast boats – a baked potato wedge piled high with

scrambled eggs or chopped turkey or ham and topped with cheddar cheese

sauce.

B. When warm weather hits, offer a refreshing orange yogurt freeze. Blend

juice and yogurt, then freeze it in 6-ounce cups with a wooden stick. To

serve, just pop them out for a lip-smacking breakfast treat on a stick.

C. As with lunchtime, today’s kids enjoy do-it-yourself breakfasts. Offer a

French toast bar where they can add their sweet toppings, sliced peaches,

apple sauce or oranges.

D. For youngsters who prefer to eat and run, serve breakfasts that they can

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munch in their hands. Perhaps serve waffle cheese triangles – a toasted

waffle cut square in half diagonally and filled with cheese and ham.

It is best for children to be offered three meals a

day at reasonably scheduled times.

Breakfast is especially important for children

before going to school.

If your child has been playing hard before lunch

or dinner, a brief period of quiet activity before

the meal will improve their appetite.

Some children eat less and are finished sooner

than others. Others may need more time. We

suggest that children be allowed to leave or stay

as long at the table as necessary.

Children who eat well at mealtime also can be offered healthy snacks. These

may include:

9 Natural fruit juices, including orange, pineapple, grapefruit and grape.

9 Skim milk, low-fat regular or frozen yogurt.

9 Mini-pizzas, starting with a toasted whole wheat English muffin and

adding pizza sauce and melted low-fat margarine or cheese.

9 Bran muffins with raisins.

9 Rice cakes, plain or with peanut butter.

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The 4 Food Groups

Everyone, young and old, needs properly prepared, nourishing food for

health and energy. The way we look and feel is influenced by the food we

eat. The Menu Planning Guide in the resource section of this book can help

you choose the kinds and amounts of food necessary for your family’s good

health.

You can choose the foods your family likes from each of the four food groups.

The four basic food groups in the food guide, as a team, give us the food we

need for good health. You need foods from these four groups every day.

The meals and snacks below are made up of food from the four food groups

recommended in the Daily Food Guide.

Breakfast

Fruit or juice (orange, grapefruit or tomato). Cereal or whole wheat or

enriched bread with margarine or butter milk.

Lunch

Egg, bread with margarine or butter, carrot sticks or cole slaw, fruit, milk.

Dinner

Hamburger, mashed potatoes, green vegetables, bread and margarine or

butter pudding, milk.

Snacks

Apple, banana or other fruit or peanut butter sandwich and milk, or milk and

raw vegetables.

The Four Food Groups (milk, meat, vegetables, fruit, and bread/cereal) are

important because, together, they will supply the nutrients that our bodies

need:

1) Protein for growth and repair of the body.

2) Minerals and Vitamins – for growth and to keep the body

functioning properly.

3) Fat, Starches and Sugar – for energy.

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Most foods contain more than one nutrient, but no food contains all the

nutrients in the amounts that we need. Therefore, we need to consume a

variety of foods for good health.

Small children need the same foods as all the other members of the family.

The only difference is that they need smaller amounts. Small children also

like small servings, with the assurance that they can have more.

Large servings discourage small appetites. Bread and sandwiches can be cut

into quarters, meat and vegetables into bite-size pieces, and milk and juice

can be served in small glasses.

Sometimes, a child can be encouraged to drink more milk by giving him or

her a small pitcher and letting them pour their own.