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The Mayo Clinic Kids' Cookbook

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We all know how unhealthy foods have been marketed to kids for decades, from sugary cereals and sodas to high-fat, high-sodium junk food. We know about rising levels of diabetes, a disease which often begins in childhood or with dietary habits learned at an early age. And we've heard the dire warnings about childhood obesity.

One of the greatest gifts you can give the kids in your life is helping them establish healthy-eating habits from the start. The Mayo Clinic Kids' Cookbook is a great way to teach kids about healthy eating. It works because it's fun! Kids will have a great time making a meal for the family, for guests, or just a snack for themselves.

Every recipe focuses on foods kids like to eat. Our dietitians and editors have thought of everything, from the building blocks of sound nutrition and enticing serving suggestions to kitchen organization and safety.

<p>Co-editors: <br />Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., and <br />Phyllis Pellman Good</p>About the Medical Editor

Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., and
Phyllis Pellman Good

The Mayo Clinic Kids' Cookbook

Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H., is chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. A specialist in nutrition and weight management, Dr. Hensrud advises individuals on how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. He conducts research in weight management, and he writes and lectures widely on nutrition-related topics.

Dr. Hensrud is a consultant in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic. He is also an associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

Phyllis Pellman Good is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than 8.5 million copies.

Good has authored the national No. 1 bestselling cookbook Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting With Your Slow Cooker (with Dawn J. Ranck), which appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, as well as the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense. And she is the author of Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly: Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, which has also appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. In addition, Good authored Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining: Slow Cooker Favorites for All the Year Round (with Ranck) and Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook (with the American Diabetes Association), also in the series.

Good's other cookbooks include Favorite Recipes With HerbsThe Best of Amish Cooking and The Central Market Cookbook.

Mayo Clinic is committed to helping all people adopt healthy ways of eating, and kids are no exception. This is not just a collection of recipes created to appeal to kids. It's an introduction to a lifetime of healthy eating. Kids learn not just to eat what tastes or looks good, but to understand the importance of food choices.

They'll learn how the pieces of a healthy diet fit together in the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid. They'll learn that snacking can be a very good thing — provided they choose the right snack. They'll learn how to plan a meal, using the simple idea of dividing a dinner plate into four quadrants (for vegetables, fruits, protein and grains). They'll even learn how to create proper portion sizes without counting calories or using a scale.

Mostly, they'll just have fun. They'll learn hands-on creativity with yummy results they can share with family and friends. If they're old enough to lick a spatula, they're probably old enough to get started with this book!