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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Appetite For Life Cookbook Review

Lately, I have been aching for new recipes. That isn't always easy for me, because I am really picky about using healthy recipes that are easy-to-make and don't involve a lot of fuss. Plus, my two kids and hubby have to love the recipes too. When I heard about the new cookbook, Appetite For Life by Stacey Antine, I knew I had to try it!

This book has over 100 healthy, kid-approved easy-to-make recipes for three meals plus snacks and sections on how to involve your kids in growing your own produce. Author and registered dietician, Stacey Antine, wants to teach kids where good food comes from. She has shared absolutely delicious, no-fuss recipes, educational games and easy tips to help you get your family on the right track to eating more healthy, nutritious meals.

I know how important it is to start your kids eating healthy right from the beginning. Teaching them about their food and allowing them to take an active role in healthy eating, planning meals, growing herbs and produce, and helping cook can all foster a love for healthy eating. Stacey has a great list of other ways you can help your child get involved, plus she shares her favorite healthy brands, shopping tips, and ideas to help you solve even the hardest kid eating dilemmas like, "My child won't eat breakfast" or "My child is a picky eater."

Plus, the recipes in this book are just stellar! In each recipe, she lists the nutrition facts, other information about why this recipe is healthy, and tips for involving your children. I recently tried her Zucchini Muffins from page 55. This time of year, many people have a ton of zucchini from their gardens, and this recipe is a great way to use it! It uses 2 large zucchini, ground flaxseed to give you a punch of Omega-3s, and more delicious ingredients. Best of all, they were easy to make and tasted delicious! A huge hit with my whole family!

I am still looking forward to making Pizza Potato Skins, Rainbow Quinoa Salad, and Veggie Pancakes. This is my new go-to cookbook, and so far, I haven't been disappointed with a single recipe!

Where can you find your own copy of Appetite For Life? Find it on, Barnes and Noble and more online retailers. Happy Healthy Cooking!

*Cara was provided product to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% her own.*


  1. Hi Cara, so happy you loved the zucchini muffins. You have a good eye for healthy recipes -- the three you listed to try next all get double thumbs up from the kids and parents at the barn! Look forward to getting the feedback. Stacey

  2. I've been doing some reading on health family recipes. Children are very difficult to cook for, since their nutritional requirements differ heavily from adults, especially on the carbohydrate intake. I've recently undergone an operation, which I shared with you a few weeks ago here This operation requires me to prepare food that will not get me back to my pre-op shape. It's not just spending the money but the risk of undergoing more procedures that I'm trying to avoid. Thanks for posting a review of this book!

  3. I was a picky eater when growing up so I guess the paybacks have arrived. My kids won't eat really any veggies. I have came along way and consider myself "almost vegetarian". I know, how can someone be almost? Anyway, I am always looking for ways to get my kids to eat a variety of foods. I make many things from scratch because that is a way for me to know exactly what it contains. Thanks for the review, I will have to check out this publication!

  4. Sounds like a good book to give a young aspiring cook. We started our children working in the garden and cooking at an early age. Our son took a cooking class when he was three. Fun and easy recipes this age could fix with a bit of adult supervision. I'll be checking this one out for our granddaughter. She has a few years before she'll be old enough to use it, but I already have a cooking set, aprons, etc. ready for her.

  5. This is the kind of cookbook I've been seeking. I go to B&N and I love they have so many cookbooks, but it is overwhelming! I want to make Pizza Potato Skins, Rainbow Quinoa Salad, and Veggie Pancakes!!!


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