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The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time!
Published: January 1, 2004
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The unhealthiness of juvenile diets has generated new concern about excessive fast food and nutritionally suspect mass-produced meals in children's daily fare. Dieticians Bissex and Weiss have written The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers
specifically to show just how to go about enhancing the nutritional value of everyday home cooking. Despite the title's somewhat sexist assumption (Are dads by nature uninvolved in, ignorant of, or averse to their offspring's good nutrition?), the book
presents relatively simple ways of bettering recipes' nutrition by substituting lower-fat and lower-sodium ingredients and by always paying attention to labels. Each recipe has a table comparing fat, protein, carbohydrate, sodium, and fiber levels of
both the standard and improved recipes. Mark Knoblauch
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For busy moms, getting dinner on the table night after night can be a challenge. So it's no
surprise that they often rely on fast food, takeout, and convenience meals like macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, and fries. The kids love it, but the drawback is that little twinge of guilt moms feel every time they feed their family another
marginally healthy meal. At the end of the day, many children end up with a poor diet high in sugar, saturated fat, and calories. . . a major factor in the rising rates of obesity.
High-profile dietitians Janice Bissex and Liz Weiss show fellow
moms a better way. In their book, they offer realistic guidelines designed to give families a healthy meal makeover. The duo's 5-Step Meal Makeover Plan begins with new advice on how to market good nutrition to kids, establish food rules, and make life
easier in the kitchen. Their Best of the Bunch Chapter reveals which brands of kid convenience foods-hot dogs, frozen pizza, and more-are the best- tasting and most nutritious ones out there. They follow up with tips for stocking a healthy pantry, and
then serve up 120 recipes for family favorites such as Fast-As-Boxed Macaroni and Cheese, Squishy Squash Lasagna, Cheesy Broccoli Soup, Sweet Potato Fries, and Chocolate Pudding with Toppers. All come complete with nutrition information and have been
made over to be faster and more nutritious than the originals.
The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers tackles what's wrong with today's all-American diet and offers realistic and delicious ways to improve it.
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