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Review: Paleo Pals
Update 2/17/12: We have a winner! Thanks, everyone, for sharing your food horror stories — they were run to read! Congratulations to our randomly-generated winner Michelle M., and here’s hoping being a winner today makes up for having to eat liver as a kid. Her comment:
Liver. Gag. The one time my dad made it for the family was the last time. My younger sister and I sat at the table a LONG time that night. I’m still leery of organ meats to this day, especially since my husband doesn’t care for liver, either.
Dave and I don’t have kids, and honestly, I don’t have much experience with them. But I know how challenging it can sometimes be to manage our adult food preferences. I can’t fathom the difficulty of trying to get a wee one to eat something they don’t want to eat… especially on a particularly trying day. I can only imagine that the desire to shove some McNuggets at them can sometimes be pretty strong.
For those times, Sarah Fragoso’s new book Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship will surely be welcome.
In her first book Everyday Paleo, Sarah told the story of how she transitioned her family from the standard American diet to their paleo way of life, and she provided plenty of advice for adults ready to make the change. With Paleo Pals, she’s created a story to help get the kids on board by speaking to them directly.
She’s created a fun set of characters — Jimmy, the boy who’s not convinced he wants to eat “oopity-goopity,” healthy food, and the Paleo Pals, a team of superheroes dedicated to real food. The Paleo Pals take Jimmy on a big adventure from a dismal food factory to a sun-dappled farm to show him where real food comes from. Along the way, Jimmy learns all the benefits of paleo food: lots of energy, mental focus, no post-meal tummy aches, and the confidence of learning to cook.
The story is fun enough to keep wee ones engaged and the bright illustrations make it accessible to little ones who aren’t ready to read words for themselves yet. It’s got a beautiful family vibe and playfulness — kids won’t even realize they’re learning. The story is bolstered by a few easy- and fun-to-make recipes like “Rockin’ Rocket Stuffed Sweet Potatoes” and “Courageous Coconut Cookies” to encourage kids to join you in the kitchen.
Win a Signed Copy
To celebrate the launch of the book, we’re doing a giveaway of a copy signed by Sarah. Just post to the comments and tell us what the one thing was that you refused to eat as a kid.
Deadline to enter: 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning (February 17).
I’ll start… my parents had a rule that we had to try all foods. We didn’t have to like them, and we didn’t have to finish them, but if a food we’d never had before showed up on someone’s plate, we were required to try a bite. I complied happily until the day my dad ordered sweetbreads at a fancy restaurant in Philadelphia. I think I was about 9 years old. The “conversation” eventually escalated to raised voices and then to me giving my dad the silent treatment with my arms firmly folded across my chest. It ended with me stomping out of the restaurant, refusing the entire time to try even a tiny nibble. I won that battle and firmly cemented by reputation for being a very stubborn little girl (and, as it turns out, a stubborn big girl, too).
OK; your turn!