Summer Reading Series and Giveaway: Fit Kids Revolution

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There are definite benefits of growing up in the shadows of a high-achieving older sister. 1) You work harder in order to keep up. 2) You realize how hard she must be working to achieve so damn much. 3) You grow-up to have a best friend who is awesome and remembers wearing matching Laura Ashley dresses. 4) You get to give away copies of her book on your blog.

My sister Patricia is a pediatrician who specializes in the psychology of feeding children. She has dedicated her professional life (and personal passion) to helping eradicate childhood obesity and teaching all families how to eat and live in a healthy way with a healthy relationship to food.

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I’m proud/excited/happy to tell you about my sister’s recently published book, Fit Kids Revolution. Patricia has partnered with Jon Gabriel, a widely published, Aussie health guru, to give us a guide how on to feed our families. It’s actually much more than that, in an approachable and practical way to helps families build a foundation of health and wellness.

We’ve been the guinea pig test case for many of her methods to great success — trust me, I have one of the pickiest, stubborn eaters in town. From the psychology of feeding kids, to taking charge of the family menu, to soothing techniques like nighttime meditation, it’s helped how we approach food, fitness and health as a family.

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Summer is a great time to revamp family eating habits — there’s all this amazing fresh produce available, long sunshine days to play outside and freedom from school lunch monotony.

To help you get started on your revolution we are giving away two copies of Fit Kids Revolution right here on the blog. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below sharing your favorite healthy snack…for you, your kids, your dog – we’re randomly selecting the winner so no need to over think it.

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Dr. Patricia Riba. Yes, she is this beautiful and that smart.

Patricia, I’m so proud of you and all that you continue to give to build healthy, happy families. I’m also thankful that you haven’t gotten annoying with all this health and fame and will still have and occasional  drink with me at any and all family gatherings.

Tell us, what’s your go to healthy snack? – This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Susan and Carol!! 

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20 thoughts on “Summer Reading Series and Giveaway: Fit Kids Revolution”

Hi Valerie, i have been following your blog for a long time and love your recipes. I have 2 grown up sons who have flown the nest a long time ago. Just wanted to share a favourite snack I would make during the hot summer days. Chopped granny smith apples, chilled greek yoghurt and a dollop of fynbos (wild) honey.
Maybe topped with some muesli or chopped almonds. Still is my favourite snack any time of day.
All the best!

Hi Valerie and Patricia!
My granddaughters love to eat whatever Nonna is eating so right now their favourite snack is dried figs with raw milk cheddar cheese. Sweet, salty, fiber, and filling all in chewy, pop-in-your mouth, portable snack.
Thanks for all of your beautiful food inspirations.!

Favorite snack changes pretty regularly, but right now it’s radishes from the farmers market with some sharp English cheddar. I can eat radishes like candy!

I am speechless, Val, thanks for your support..I feel like doing the “sister act” from White Christmas with you right now:)

Very proud to have worked for Dr.Riba in a professional environment and to know you both as family friends. It’s so fun to see the achievements and success pile up! Nice work!

What a lovely, heartfelt post, Valerie. What a treasure for you both to have each other! Geez, your mom was doing double time raising two such rising stars! Ok, favorite fast healthy snack: berry smoothie. The berry colors the contents so I can add avocado, cauliflower, chia seeds, silken tofu, etc. I feel like I have the pickiest eaters, (or maybe it’s my cooking they don’t like, haha:)),so it’s reassuring we can get even them to eat healthily!

My kids love Ants on a Log the way their dad makes it – apple slices with a thin layer of sunflower seed butter topped with a few raisins. He feeds them the sunflower seed butter because he hates it himself, ha!

Favorite snack changes seasonally but now is the organic stone fruit and walnuts from the Farmer’s Market.

my son and his wife shared this dessert with me over a year ago and i”m still eating it nearly every nigh!! it is really quite simple….frozen mixed berries (from trader joe”s) and a piece of whatever ripe fruit is available and coconut milk! i’ve recently become addicted to trader joe’s frozen pineapple so that gets thrown in and top it all with a large spoonful of salted peanuts of sunflower seeds!! yum! i feel like i’m getting a forbidden icey treat because the cold coconut milk freezes around each berry!

My girls love a good old cheese and cracker tray, with some turkey or ham, and watermelon, since it’s so good right now!

A popular snack around our house is simply frozen grapes. They are sweet and cold, which is a good thing during Texas summers!

I made some quick pickled carrots that my toddlers and i are loving as snacks these days. Stove popped popcorn with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of chili powder and salt is also one of our faves. I could eat it all day!

My favorite snack is raw cauliflower. I can sit and eat half a head in an evening. For someone that likes crunchy foods it can’t be beat.

I am a big believer in fruit versus fruit juice…How many oranges does it take to squeeze a glass of juice? The whole orange has all that wonderful fiber and fills us up better.

I just heard your sister on Hugh Hewitt’s show and looked at her website, which led me to yours. I am eager to learn from both of you with regard to feeding my young grandchildren whom we care for 2 days each week. One is a very picky eater…VERY! Both of our granddaughters love to make orange juice from the trees in our backyard. While I know that water is best for them, the act of picking, washing, cutting and squeezing the juice by hand is a joyful experience for all of us. The juice tastes so much better this way and I am sure is healthy as well.

Thank you for all of these thoughtful and wonderful comments. Congratulations to Carol and Susan our Fit Kids Revolution book winners!

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