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Love More, Feed Less: A Tasty Path Toward Avoiding Childhood Obesity by Randi Lee Levin: Book Review
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By Reader Views
Published on 01/26/2011
 
"Love More, Feed Less" is a supportive guide to raising healthier kids. Beyond being just a cookbook or diet book, Randi Levin provides various tips to inspire kids to be more physically active and aware of what foods they put into their bodies. Experienced as a teacher and children’s counselor, Levin teaches parents how to motivate their children, how to overcome whining when children claim they are starving because they aren’t being fed junk food, and how to provide healthy recipes and appropriate serving sizes for the family. Parents will learn how to help their children avoid the stigma of obesity and the risk of developing diseases from being overweight. Alternative solutions are offered for children who cope emotionally by eating junk food, and guidelines are given to establish healthy eating habits.

Love More, Feed Less: A Tasty Path Toward Avoiding Childhood Obesity by Randi Lee Levin: Book Review
The Muffin Lady Inc. (2010)
ISBN 9780974500836
Reviewed by Marissa Libbit for Reader Views (11/10)

“Love More, Feed Less” by Randi Lee Levin is a guide to feeding your children less with more healthy alternatives.  Contents include “How to Add More Fruits and Vegetables into Your Foods,” “Better Choices for Flavor and Health,” and “Modeling for a Better Life.”  There is also advice on motivating your children to move more.  One chapter titled, “The Power of Homemade Love,” however, seems to be the permeating theme for the entire book as the pages are filled with many recipes for the reader to try to incorporate healthier alternatives into the family’s diet. 

Ms. Levin’s book is easy to read with short informative paragraphs about integrating healthy choices into your family’s kitchen with quick hints and simple recipes.  There are also italicized tips such as to use canola oil rather than vegetable or corn oil as it contains the least amount of saturated fats.  While I have not yet prepared any recipes (and I plan to), none appear to have any obscure ingredients.

What I most liked about “Love More, Feed Less” is that the recipes and tips focus on real food that real American families like.  There are suggestions given that include serving pizza, bread, and sweets in ways that are still healthy.  Sometimes the tips are simply to lessen portion size or substitute fatty ingredients, but the family favorites are not made taboo which is much more practical for the average family.  Yes, cooking homemade meals every night can seem daunting, but Levin’s ideas for planning ahead or making two meals at once to freeze one can end up saving time in the end.  The extra time in the kitchen will be an act of love that can only benefit your family.  Help your family to enjoy the benefits of healthy eating with "Love More, Feed Less."