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The controversy simmers over allegations that Jessica Seinfeld’s new book, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, folded in recipes from The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine. And it’s creating quite a stir.

Okay, we’re done with the cooking puns.

But it’s not like playing hide and seek with kid’s food is new thing, right? And is it good practice to disguise healthy food instead of teaching our kids to eat them “au natural?” Will our food shell game prevent them from ever being able to properly identify a beet? What if that’s a question on an S.A.T. test?!

Remember the good old days? Mothers used to ladle castor oil down their writhing kids throats. And those kids were as healthy as Clydesdales.

If we ply our kids with spinach filled cupcakes won’t they think ALL cupcakes are healthy? “My Mommy says Double Devil Chocolate Cake is good for me!”

We’ll have the fattest, healthiest kids in town.

Do you sneak healthy food into your kid’s meals?


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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
zNickelno December 3, 2007, 8:26 AM

I think the idea of sneaking in more healthy ingredients in your kid’s foods has some merit, and there is good intent there of course. But I know growing up my parents always fed us vegetables with our meals and I never had to be forced. It was part of my meal, and they were good for me and you know what, I actually ended up liking them! Who would have thought that might happen. The reason kids today don’t get enough healthy food is b/c when they complain one time, their parents give up and let them eat what they want. Chicken nuggets and french fries were never on my parents menu when I didn’t want to finish my spinach (which by the way is my favorite vegetable now). I think if parents would talk to their kids about why they should eat good foods and eat them with their kids - it will turn out better in the end.

mommywild December 3, 2007, 8:35 AM

I have tried some of the recipes in the book and they are delicious. I told my 5 year old, after she said she liked the pancakes with sweet potatoes mixed in, that they were in there and then she said “yuk”. I seen an interview with Jessica Seinfeld and she said she still offers and encourages vegetables for her kids. She just no longer “fights” with them over eating their veges when she knows they are still getting them. I think that it is a great idea. As their pallets mature they will be more willing to try more things as long as they are offered them. For now I am willing to “sneak” in the good stuff and have a peaceful meal.

christina bachew December 28, 2007, 9:59 AM

This post is a bit old, however I just recieved this book for christmas and think it is innovative. We are very healthy eaters already and my children are taught to eat veggies and fruit as a part of a healthy diet. Since my babies were little I have always snuck good additives in like wheat germ, raw local natural honey,flax seed, ect… This book gives me a few new ways to prepare baby food and use remains for recipes too. My kids have to eat veggies but never have to know they are getting a double portion. Plus my veggie hatinh hubby that lothes veggies but does eat a little will never know either.

Novella July 1, 2009, 11:54 PM

Hi. The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.
I am from Indonesia and learning to speak English, give please true I wrote the following sentence: “This page is for an assortment of flea diversity.”

With love :-D, Novella.

Tyson F. Gautreaux October 22, 2010, 8:29 AM

Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.


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