Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Eating These Foods Makes Me

Is your kid a picky eater? Do you want your child to enjoy eating a variety of foods? Reading can be a proactive way to introduce your little one to the amazing world of nutrition! In this book, readers will explore healthy foods and learn how key nutrients benefit the body. These pages repeat positive affirmations that will empower and build your child's mindfulness about the foods they eat.

 It is never too early to instill life-long healthy eating habits. Happy reading! Or should I say, happy eating!

read an excerpt...

Fun Learning Activities to Promote Healthy Nutrition

1. Using paper and crayons or coloured pencils, draw a rainbow, and then draw a fruit or vegetable that is the same colour as each colour of the rainbow. You can even use this book for ideas. Remember to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables (at least 5 servings) each day! How many have you eaten today?

2. Do you like to play any sports or games? Do you like to walk to the park? Help your parents choose and prepare an energizing snack before the next game or walk to the park.

3. Eat your water? That sounds silly! Did you know that some fruits and veggies such as celery are mostly made up of water and can also help to keep you hydrated? Can you think of any others? Now try adding those slices of fruit or even cucumber to your water bottle to give it some pizazz.

4. Try introducing interactive sensory play for preschoolers (age 3 and older). Gather a variety of beans, nuts, or seeds on a tray or in a bowl with a spoon. Under adult supervision, let the preschooler feel, grab, and scoop the legumes, nuts, and seeds. See if the toddler can separate them based on different colours, sizes, and textures while the adult names each food and talks about how these foods make us strong from the proteins and smart from the healthy omega fats.

my review...

Another excellent educational “fun as can be” children’s book. I can’t say enough about this. Kalifa Rodriguez is a registered dietician and she has put together a great book for all those picky eaters of the world. My poor mother spent many nights waiting at the sink, hoping I would eat. She would have appreciated this book.

But this book isn’t just for picky eaters. It’s put together for children to learn about nutrition and to look at foods in another light. There are great illustrations here. The illustrations are created in the same manner as the teach and to get kids giggling a little. It seems that the illustrator, Madeleine Mae Migallos, has plenty of illustrated books under her belt. We had better hope Kalifa Rodriguez writes some more too. This is a great teaching tool, both to read with a young child or for a 3rd grade+ reader. More importantly, it is a great book to discuss with your child.


about Kalifa Rodriguez...

Kalifa Rodriguez is a registered dietitian and certified breastfeeding specialist. She currently works as a clinical nutritionist in Montreal, Canada. After receiving her bachelor's degree in nutritional biochemistry, she went on to complete a master's degree in human nutrition and dietetics at McGill University. Kalifa is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyle choices through nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness. She also hopes to leave a positive impact in the community through her work by giving nutrition education sessions to community groups and organizations. Kalifa and her husband are parents to their delightful toddler, who is the inspiration for this book.





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