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Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right: The Food Solution That Lets Kids Be Kids

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Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right: The Food Solution That Lets Kids Be Kids
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Rodale Books (first published 2009)
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Dec 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I haven't read this whole book yet, but after my first flip through I can say it looks like a good book to have.

I have a toddler who, thankfully, eats a lot of fruits and vegetables, so I'm not really looking to have her lose weight, but those with kids who have a few pounds to lose might find this a good book to try.

This book follows the common sense 'fruits & veggies are good, fast food not so much' approach- do you need this book? Probably not, but if it makes your life easier, which it
Christy Tucker
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked the concepts presented in this book. The red light, yellow light & green light foods gave me a way to categorize healthy foods in a way that my 7 year old daughter can understand. We put up a dry erase board in the kitchen & my children are enjoying tracking their foods. I disagree with some of the green light foods (splenda & other artificial sweeteners & margarine) but this can be easily modified. This book introduced me to a way to get my children to eat more he ...more
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 20s, first-reads
This book is written for a very particular audience: parents (and their kids) who have overweight children.

It is a guide to helping them lose weight by making it fun. There are too many obese children, even as young as 2 years old. The book is written by a pediatrician who opened her own clinic that specializes in weight loss for kids. The system uses the colors on a stop light to help kids understand what and how much to eat. It combines calorie counting and choosing healthy foods into one diet
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like the concept outlined in this book and the pointers for how to address potential problems with weight or poor eating habits in children. I also like that the author was a pediatrician who is also a mother. Most suggestions seem to be practical and reasonable. I wasn't the biggest fan of many of the recipes in the book because they seem to include ingredients that, though healthier, would not be available everywhere, but there were several that looked great that I'll be trying. I appreciate ...more
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful resource for any mother worried about making sure their kids are eating in a healthy way. My kids do not have a weight problem, but I still found that the information in this book was really useful and the recipes look really easy to do and really yummy. I love that Dolgoff does not avocate never giving sweets, because as a mom I know that is not realistic. She offers simple ideas for substituting more fatting sweets for more healthy choices, but if your child has a whopper o ...more
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked the message of this book - it's great for adults and not just kids. With the growing problem of obesity, the message about how to attain moderation in eating is beneficial. Often books for parents trying to help their children eat better have illustrated pictures, but this one has full-page color photos and they look delicious. I think even picky adult eaters might be tempted to try something news. For dietitians that are treating children with overweight/obesity issues, this would be a ...more
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I rate this 2.5 stars because this book wasn't exactly for us. Any book who's chapter 1 is titled "Is My Child Obese" isn't the perfect fit in our house. We were looking to just make better food choices around here and this is a whole system of re-thinking food. Basically everything is given a red/yellow/green light and you have so many "lights" per meal or snack. All raw fruits and veggies are free. I did take a few good pointers from here, but we aren't making this our new food bible or anythi ...more
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a great book for parents who have to learn the tricks of properly feeding their children! With the need for good nutrition, this book has been able to give advice to parents looking to teach their children how to make good food choices. I recommend this book to all parents as a way to undo the bad choices of the past. Dr. Joanna Dolgoff has written a "must have" book for every home library.
Kim Hawkins
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for families with picky eaters, overweight kids, and even kids who just could use more healthy food in their lives. Using the traffic light system to understand which foods are "Go" foods vs the foods they need to "Stop" before consuming is a very effective visual for kids to understand. I will be implementing this for my family in the next week.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
The concept is good for kids because it is so basic, but it is way to basic for an adult. Adults can rationalize things much more thoroughly and there were some point in the book where you could take it and say while by that rationale, such and such is healthy, and its totally not. Good for kids who need help eating right though!
Michele Minor
Dec 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a good book that tells parents how to get their child to eat healthy. It advocates portion control instead of forbidding certain foods for your child to eat, unless they do have an allergy to a particular food.
Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
The pictures of the recipes look delicious; and I bet children would love to make and eat such colorful, vibrant foods. I am going to make the low fat pumpkin muffins, carrot cake, and garlic potatoes.
J.F. Sanborn
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book approaches eating in a way that motivates kids to make the right choices. No food is forbidden. It is all about portion sizes, and frequency. The book is incredibly user friendly with a database and a plethora of great recipes. I highly recommend.
Katherine Gray
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book on building nutrition for children. I especially enjoyed the recipes.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book for anyone interested in helping children (and adults) to eat right in this fast food age. In order to teach children about food choices, this book breaks the whole topic down to basics.
Ann Naegele
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Easy for a tweener to follow and reshaping how the whole family views food choices.
Amy Richard
Good book if you are struggling with knowing what is good for your child nutrition wise.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved how easy it was to understand Dr. Dolgoff's book. There wasn't one thing that was unappealing or not tasty!
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought there were some great ideas and recipes in this book. I didn't think some of it was for me and my family, but I liked the basic concept.
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