The Sugarsmart Cookbook for Kids by Georgia Varozza is a wonderful new cookbook showing us how to bring down the sugar contents in the foods we are feeding to kids (and ourselves). The book begins with a section entitled “Find a Better Way”. It describes her love for cooking, but the disappointment in gaining weight over the years. Her doctor suggested a low-fat diet, but when this still didn’t work she started looking at nutrition labels. Those foods with lower fat content made up for taste by increasing the sugar content. This inspired her to change things for her family and look for ways to decrease sugar content and still keeping good taste. As an added bonus, these changes also increased their energy throughout the day.
So let’s take a look at some of the great food you will find in this cookbook. Starting out with breakfast, check out the recipe for Banana Peanut Butter Pancakes. At just 4 ingredients (bananas, peanut butter, eggs, and baking powder) it’s amazing to see how these turn out! And the smell in the kitchen when you are making these, is wonderful.
Then I found a recipe for Orangesicles (a favorite when I was growing up). Again, a few simple ingredients (plain yogurt, vanilla and a can of frozen orange juice concentrate) and you have a treat that you can feel good about giving to your family.
Now on to dinner, do you like to give kids a chance to create their own food? How about an English Muffin Pizza Buffet to please everyone. Lot’s of options for good healthy ingredients, and all the fun of making their own masterpieces. There are also a lot of good family meals in
The Sugarsmart Cookbook for Kids. I had to try out the Spicy Creole Tilapia because it had just 3 ingredients, and needed 10 minutes of prep time making it a great meal after a busy day. It was delicious and everyone liked this fish dish!
There is even a recipe for Sugar-Smart Ketchup and a note suggested that in addition to being a great option instead of store-bought ketchup, it is also a great dip for vegetables or fish sticks. So I tried in on fish sticks and it was indeed a great option if tarter sauce is not loved by everyone in your family. I should mention, her Oven-Baked Fish Sticks were easy to make and a great update to a kids favorite.
You will find so many great meal and snack ideas in this book, that make you feel good about this food that your family is eating. The Sugarsmart Cookbook for Kids is a cookbook that I highly recommend you add to your meal prep resources. You’ll find recipes that you and your kids will enjoy time and time again.
Disclosure: Thank you to Watkins Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.