Natalia Rose’s Recipes for Life Force Energy Children Free E-Book Suggests Quick and Healthy Recipes
Nutritionist and author Natalia Rose has created a free e-book, Life Force Energy Children, with tips for feeding your children healthy, whole foods, and it’s available on her website, DetoxTheWorld.com.
I had heard of her before but this was my first experience reading anything she’d written.
The book starts out with a plea to nourish your children’s body with healthy foods, not what they serve in school cafeterias (she says it only takes her seven minutes each morning to make her children healthy lunches to take to school).
She also points out that children often misbehave because they’re disillusioned with what the world has to offer, overstimulated by television and video games, and they lack not only physical nourishment from the foods they eat, but their souls and minds need to be nourished with quality time. All good points.
I felt that the tone came across more like a lecture than advice from a well-intentioned friend, but that’s okay. It wasn’t particularly condescending, just a bit off-putting compared to some of the other nutrition books I’ve read recently.
The recipes seem like a mix of things you can offer kids instead of what they’re used to and include little tweaks that sneak in nutrition, like adding fresh beet juice to almond milk (with other ingredients, so it’s palatable) or juicing lettuce and apples together so the apple juice has extra nutrients.
Aside from the juicer, you don’t need a lot of special kitchen equipment to make these recipes. Many of them call for a blender, but not a juicer.
These recipes are definitely healthy and they all seem relatively simple and quick to make. However, there were a surprising number of recipes I don’t think kids would be particularly thrilled with, like a soup that focuses on celery and celery root.
Maybe some kids would enjoy that one, but I know a lot of them who wouldn’t and it just seemed a little odd to include. On the other hand, there are recipes that definitely cater to young taste buds and food preferences and serve to help kids transition into eating healthier meals while putting up less of a fight, like the chicken fingers recipe.
This is worth the download, and it’s free, so you don’t really have anything to lose. I think most families can probably pull a handful of recipes from the book that will work for them.
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