Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach

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An easy-to-use guide to nutrition and healthful meal planning for busy parents.

Written by nutrition educators Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, aka "the Real Food Moms," this one-stop shopping resource and cookbook provides convenient cooking solutions based on fresh, healthful ingredients and sound nutritional science. Filled with quick tips for preparing wholesome meals on a workaday schedule, SIMPLE FOOD FOR BUSY FAMILIES helps parents nourish and teach their ...

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Overview

An easy-to-use guide to nutrition and healthful meal planning for busy parents.

Written by nutrition educators Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, aka "the Real Food Moms," this one-stop shopping resource and cookbook provides convenient cooking solutions based on fresh, healthful ingredients and sound nutritional science. Filled with quick tips for preparing wholesome meals on a workaday schedule, SIMPLE FOOD FOR BUSY FAMILIES helps parents nourish and teach their children balanced eating habits for life.Reviews“...packed with advice, ideas and good recipes.”—Fort Worth Star Telegram  http://www.turnto10.com/jar/lifestyles/health_med_fit/article/health_check_real_food_moms/11742/ —Cranston, WJAR-TV HealthCheck Report

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"If you're concerned that your family stays too rushed to eat the most healthful meals, you may benefit from the guidelines found in a new book called Simple Food for Busy Families. It's packed with advice, ideas and good recipes."
Fort Worth Star Telegram, 1/29/09

"Families tend to find themselves cocooning during recessions, and Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach (Celestial Arts) is a practical guide for finding peace and health spending more time at home. As its subtitle suggests, Simple Food… is about how we nourish our minds as well as our bodies. To wit, authors Jeanette Bessinger, CHHC, and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, RD, CHHC, offer tips on spending quality family nights together—game and healthy pizza nights, for instance—with less computer and TV time. ...Bessinger and Yablon-Brenner make a strong case for consuming locally grown, seasonal foods and they simplify nutrition with explanations that make the subject digestible and relevant. But what ultimately makes the tips and recipes in Simple Food… so accessible is the underlying idea that its approaches (like eating seasonal foods) are, in the words of the authors, attuned to 'the natural rhythms of life.'"
Energy Times. March 2009

"Great mix and match charts to help you make seasonal soups and salads, snacks and sandwiches, quiches, marinades and more. Focused on helping you understand the ingredients, their health benefits and how to get the most of of them in your diet...."
Cookbook Digest, August 2009

Publishers Weekly
Dietician Yablon-Brenner and holistic health counselor Bessinger, who consult and teach as the "Real Food Moms," offer tips for improving the family diet in this well-meaning, if repetitive, volume. The duo argues that decades of declining health in American children and adults can be blamed squarely on the "Standard American Diet"-more a lifestyle than an actual diet-characterized by processed food, stress and too much time in front of TV and computer screens. The authors' remedies-fresh foods, plenty of water, more exercise, etc.-will surprise nobody, yet the duo have an irritating habit of repeating themselves on those very topics. A lengthy guide to vegetables and pantry staples proves helpful for readers wondering how to incorporate fennel, beets or buckwheat into the family meal, but the duo's recipes often fall short. Sautéing is their go-to method for seemingly all greens, and their mix-and-match dish-crafting approach (a couple items from column A, an item each from columns B and C) might work for salads, but comes off as lazy and impractical anywhere else. Passages on industrial farming, restaurant eating and the American experience of satiety are interesting diversions, but not enough to break the volume's monotony; one comes away thinking it could have worked better as a magazine article.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587613357
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 705,217
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

TRACEE YABLON-BRENNER, a mother of two, is a registered dietician, holistic health counselor, and owner of Nutrition Is Healing. She lives in Haworth, New Jersey.THE AUTHOR SCOOP

How did Simple Foods For Busy Families come to be? My co-author Jeanette and I met at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY and hit it off immediately. We realized we both had just graduated from the Institute For Integrative Nutrition but had never met before. I suggested us writing a book to educate people about the importance of eating real food, and soon after returning home, the Institute For Integrative Nutrition announced they were starting a contest where the two best proposals would get published. Jeanette and I wrote a proposal, and much to our surprise, we were chosen and our journey began.  What's the farthest you've ever traveled?To Israel. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the Middle Eastern food.Do you eat your vegetables?Yes, and through writing Simple Foods For Busy Families I eat a lot more green leafy vegetables on a regular basis. My children have tried more vegetables and enjoy many, including cauliflower, collard greens, and kale. Their favorite is broccoli.If you had a superpower, what would it be?To make people realize that cooking is fun and that cooking real healthy food makes a huge difference in how you feel on a regular basis.What was the hardest thing about writing a book?Taking a leap of faith and believing in the concept of the book. Also, it was a challenge working from home, being an active mom, and balancing the many different life situations as they came up.   What did you want to be when you grew up?I always had a fascination for food and healthy eating. I was lucky enough to have a relationship with my great grandfather who left Russia as a young man and became a chef. As a little girl, I remember enjoying time preparing and eating stuffed cabbage with him. That began my passion for preparing high quality food.

JEANNETTE BESSINGER is a mother of two, holistic health counselor and educator, and owner of Balance for Life, in Newport, Rhode Island. THE AUTHOR SCOOP

What was the hardest thing about writing a book? The hardest thing about writing Simple Foods for Busy Families was being in a busy family! Because of an unusual constellation of events, we actually moved three times in the three years that we worked on this project. It really brought home the incredible challenges we working moms have to cope with in this day and age just to support our families with healthy, home-cooked food and consistent routines. What's the oddest meal you've ever had? I have a vivid memory of going home for dinner for the first time with my college boyfriend, who was Japanese. As we walked through the foyer into his house, his mother, backlit by the late afternoon sun, opened the stove door and removed an entire octopus from the oven! It was stuffed into a baking pan and came out steaming, tentacles spilling out over the sides.  I was utterly horrified. By the time it made its way onto our actual plates, however, it was thankfully unrecognizable as an aquarium escapee. It tasted phenomenal—delicate, chewy-crunchy and extremely exotic.Any unusual hobbies?Lately, one of my friends had to learn some circus arts to fill in for a clowning instructor at a performance camp. She brought some of the props over one night and my family got hooked. I bought some juggling balls and devil’s sticks and am now working on my skills during writing breaks. Next I might try the spinning plates…Name the most horrifying dish that your mother used to make. My mom was very into the trends of the 70’s and periodically, she would dabble with vegetarianism. Her early experiments with tofu were pretty tough on us all--she didn’t have the slightest idea what to do with it. It was supposed to be a “meat substitute,” right? So for a southern-raised woman, that meant you should heat that sucker up and slather it in grandad’s barbecue sauce. Eek!Do you eat your vegetables? I refuse to eat beets or eggplant, and I will always pick out any big pieces of onion. I do, however, love all things green. Late spring/early summer is my favorite time of year because it means I’ll get to eat the beautiful and exotic lettuces, kale, collards, and bok choy from our local farmers markets every day. And I am not above harvesting the young leaves right off the lawn dandelions before mowing time…

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    There's no question about it, the authors of Simple Food for Busy Families know nutrition! They also know good food. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to eat delicious and nourishing food, and to learn how to do so on a budget and with relative aplomb. Authors Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner not only know their stuff, but they know how to educate their readers in planning, preparation and consumption of fresh, organic whole-grain based foods as an alternative to the Standard American (SAD) Diet that is all too common among Americans. No question, the SAD diet is easy and fits our busy lifestyles, but it may be limiting the quality and length of those lives we are trying to make the most of. In fact, these authors set forth a well organized approach to making healthy eating so much a part of the daily routine that it no longer seems less convenient than fast food. Try it, you'll like it!!!

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