This probably comes as no surprise, but I struggle trying to get my kids to eat fruit, veggies and healthy food all the time. I’m a bit of a wellness nerd so I know how important eating fruits and veggies are for kids… and its so frustrating at times. My son used to eat everything and now he has decided to be picky, while my daughter and him seemed to have switched roles, now that she is seven she is finally eating more food and trying new things. Needless to say, I was excited when I heard about Ruby Roths new plant based cookbook for kids. I also just watched “The Kids Menu” by Joe Cross, an excellent documentary all about kids diets, so I was extra motivated to get my little ones in the kitchen. (this movie is great and well worth a watch!)
This book definitely inspired us to get in the kitchen together this weekend and my daughter loved it, we made Bright Waters, Red Ballon Tea, Blaze a Trail nut mixes, Sweat and Sour Cucumber Salad, and the Crowd Pleaser Kale Salad. So far so good, she tried everything and loved it, my son liked some of it although he is a little harder to convince. My kids mostly adhere to a plant based diet so this book is perfect for us, but really, it’s great for any family. The recipes are simple and easy to make so that kids will be able to learn the recipes and be able to do it themselves eventually. There are some chopping and blending involved, so you will definitely need to help them with that, but there are a few recipes they can do on their own. I love how the recipes in this book are simple and easy for them to understand, and that it empowers them to have some control in the kitchen. Ruby also explains all the different ingredients to help educate kids on why we want to eat certain foods, and this is the crux of it all isn’t it? Educating our kids to make their own choices when it comes to food, and not just when we are standing over them.
This book is also full of super cute pictures and illustrations, the author Ruby is a kids book author and illustrator so she brings those talents into the book as well. There are over 60 plant based recipes, from after school snacks, desserts, soups, salads, grain bowls to desserts. I love how this book gets kids excited about cooking and trying new things. Getting kids to make their own food is not only empowering but a great way to convince them to try new things. The Must Have Kids Cook Book really celebrates fruits and vegetables rather then trying to sneak them into kids food, and helping kids to understand where our food comes from, and why that is important. I can’t say enough good things about this book, Ruby Roth did a fantastic job with it and my kids loved it as well! You can purchase the book here…at the moment, I think it’s on back order but definitely worth the wait.,
Here is the super cute book trailer.
Here are a couple recipes from the book.