Eat This Not That! for Kids!: Be the Leanest, Fittest Family on the Block!
Eat This Not That! for Kids!: Be the Leanest, Fittest Family on the Block!

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It's no secret that children are getting fatter: 17% of this country's youth are overweight or obese, and the number of diabetic children has nearly quadrupled in the past thirty years. Now, to help combat the problem, David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health, and co-author Matt Goulding have created Eat This, Not That! for Kids. This must-have guide for concerned parents offers detailed analysis and nutritional tips on thousands of the most popular food choices for kids. Covering the best and worst options available at the most popular restaurants in the country as well as the healthiest?and most harmful?foods in the supermarket aisles, if kids are eating it, this book is probably analyzing it.

Other features include:
-Restaurant Report Cards on the best chain restaurants for your kids
-Drink This, Not That! for Kids
-The 20 Worst Kids? Meals in America
-10 "Healthy" Foods that Aren't
-The 8 Foods You Should Feed Your Kid Every Day

Get Help Making Meals With Nutrition Guides From Eat This Not That For Kids (Click to Enlarge)

About the Author
DAVID ZINCZENKO, editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Abs Diet and The Abs Diet for Women. Once an overweight child, Zinczenko has become one of the nation?s leading experts on health and fitness. He is a regular contributor to the Today show, and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and Primetime Live.
MATT GOULDING is the food and nutrition editor of Men's Health. He has cooked and eaten his way around the world, touching down in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he divides most of his time between computer and stovetop.

Customer Reviews:

  • Eat This Not That - Kids
    I thought the book was helpful in showing the nutrition value of the food at some of the places we eat when we go out. We have changed some of our habits because of this book. We eat out less and we try to make better choices at the places we choose to visit....more info
  • Good switches for calories, some choices could be healthier!
    As a nurse, I realize that this book could be very helpful in choosing lower-calorie options. However, there are some encouraged foods that aren't much healthier than the "bad" foods (and some choices are not much lower in calories). It may seem like you can indulge all you want without consequences. Also, instead of costly processed foods, try simple, fresh foods (apple with peanut butter, cottage cheese with fruit); these are much healthier and cheaper! ...more info
  • Eat This Not That...For Kids
    This plus Eat This Not That...The No_-Diet Weight Loss Solution AND Eat This Not That...Supermarket Survival Guide are really a joy and a half...I had to have them all!!!...more info
  • Very Helpful Book.
    These books are great - because they show actual pictures of each product. Organized in a fashion for quick lookup. Highly recommend....more info
  • Must have for all MOMS seeking healthier lifestyle for their kids
    Great illustrations, easy concepts to understand.Great every day trade offs for everyday foods. (Including restaurant foods we all eat to fast food and fancier places) This is something that anyone can reap the rewards from reading. If you thought you knew it all, you may read this and think again. ...more info
  • Encouragine children to eat healthy
    Our family purchased this book at a companion to the adult 'Eat This, Not That'. It is a great way to encourage our daughters to eat healthier, and to teach them how to eat healthier. Both of our girls have gone through this book, and have used it when making choices at restaurants, and when helping us grocery shop. One does not need to "diet", just make better choices. I can't say enough about this book. For kids (and myself) the pictures make it more interesting. Who wants to just sit and read lists? This is by no means a 'diet' book; it just shows nutrition information that is necessary in making smart choices. I highly recommend this book to parents. If you are like our family and eat out often, it really helps to know exactly what to order....more info
  • Convenient and Informative
    I absolutely love this series. We started paying closer attention to the way we eat a few years ago, and I thought the family was doing well. After reading all of the books in this series, I was amazed to find that some of the foods and practices that we thought were healthy were actually damaging our efforts. Tortillas alone add 400 calories to your meal? The link between dyes(red 40, etc)and hyperactivity in children? I use these books regularly and would recommend them to anyone that is interested in eating what they like, only healthier....more info
  • Eat This! Not That! for Kids!
    I'd love to say that I feed my family only home-grown, organic foods, but let's be real. With time, money and work issues, we face fast-food/convenience food decisions all the time. I found this book very helpful in educating my 6 year old (and myself) when fast food is on the menu. We keep it in the car so we can refer to it as needed. I actually bought all three Eat This! Not That! books and there is a big improvement in our eating choices at home also. Who knew Spaghetti-os were better for you than good old Kraft Mac & Cheese? The real education here is learning to actually read and understand food labels. I plan on purchasing extra copies of this book to as gifts to friends with kids although I think it would be helpful for anyone. ...more info
  • A must read for every parent
    This is definately a must read for every parent. A couple of years ago I converted my household to a nearly no trans fat and partially hydrogenized living place. With a family history of breast cancer and heart disease, I felt it important to keep my two boys (ages 3 and 1) as healthy as possible. The series of books (Eat this not that) are great for both people like me who do infact read every darn label and limit processed foods and for your everyday McDonald's supporting family. Too many people think "diet" to be healthy when all they have to do is read the ingredients to see how much sugar is pounded into processed and canned goods. While I'm not perfect (I had a Red Robbin burger last week!) I do think its important for us, and by us I mean Americans, to realize that our society is heavier than it should be and it starts at home with our children and what they learn. My 3 year old is in a "I don't want to eat anything" phase, so sometimes I really REALLY need suggestions and ideas of what he might go for, and the books help. Its worth the few bucks on the entire collection, which I keep on my counter for every day easy access. ...more info
  • Fun for launching the conversation
    As others have pointed out, this is a guide to foods available in restaurants, many of which are not terribly healthy (one of the "Eat This" choices consists of nothing but fried food). However, since kids often like this junky food, it's a great tool for helping them read the fine print and discover why the all-fried-food meal on the "Eat This!" page is, believe it or not, slightly better for you than the meal on the "Not That!" page. It has a magazine-y look with photos of foods and dialogue bubbles with a digestable amount of information. You can use it with your child to talk about what constitutes a "healthier" food vs. a "healthy" food....more info
  • Great visual guide for children
    I bought this book to read with my four year old. He's not overweight, but, like most kids, he loves crackers, cookies, and pretty much any sweet. The potential to become overweight in the future is certainly there.

    He thoroughly enjoys this book and has learned to point out the better foods in the grocery store. The bright pictures of the food are a great resource for little people who can't read all the details. I highly recommend this book for PS/K children who need some help with making better food choices.

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  • Not just for kids
    I accidentally ordered this volume instead of the original one that I guess was intended for adults. Even though I don't have kids, this was still a good read. I don't have to worry about school lunches anymore, but there was some great info on vending machines. After a few days, I gave it to my co-worker (with kids) and bought the original version....more info
  • Great to know
    This covers a ton of comparisons, and gives you great substitutions. Instead of being frustrated about what to REALLY eat, this gives you reasonable substitutions so that you can eat a much healthier meal and your kids can too. It's amazing how you can get tricked by the titles of food combos and make some really bad choices. Really a must for every parent and or grandparent who are responsible for feeding young (and not so young) children meals while on the go....more info
  • Love this series
    I shared these books with ALL of my friends. We all make the mistake of thinking it is all common sense, but these books show ways to save calories in ways that we don't always think about. Unlike most "diet" books the food in these books are foods I eat, and my son eats.
    I put "diet" in quotes, because it is not a diet so much as tools to better eating. ...more info
  • Eat this not that for kids
    Eating a more healthy diet is an important topic today. More so for kids. How can we feed them the foods they like and still offer them the healthy choices they need? This book will help parents do just that. You can learn a great deal about nutrition, equivalents and other important dietary information in this book. Our children's health is at risk today because of poor eating habits. Whatever we can do to give us an edge is a great investment. This book could be just what you need to help you improve your child's health....more info
  • Eat this not that for kids
    This book is great. My children, aged 13 and 11 are interested and are more aware of healthier eating choices. ...more info
  • Eat this not that for kids
    A waste of money. This is all about FAST food......which is NOT what kids should be learning about. Very disappointed in this book.
    I purchased the "adult" version as well,,,,,,, and it, too, is a waste of money. this book is JUNK, just the the food it describes....more info
  • Eat This Not That For Kids
    I found this book to be very helpful as a visual aid for a child with diabetes. When changing the way we eat, it is important to have visual aids rather than just saying the information over a over again. The child then has access to the book and can look for themselves. ...more info
  • eat this not that review
    Very informative book, well done and easy to read. I reccomend this book to anyone who eats fast food....more info
  • Great Information
    Just all around good information, good for parents to have, especially if they want their children to eat right........more info
  • Read This, Not That
    I brought this book into my seventh grade science class and my kids cannot take their eyes off it. The photographs of all their favorite foods immediately capture their attention. The nutrition information is well-researched, thorough, and positively encyclopedic. This book is a must for all parents....more info
  • Great information
    THis book has great information and is very helpful for people trying to make better eating choices. I also like the original book. ...more info
  • eat this not that
    good book to try and help you with good eating habits. we bought both the kids version and adult and has helped us while we have been out eating fast food....more info
  • Not Really for kids
    This is a decent book, very similar to the first one. Even if you own the first book, this is a good buy because you're getting additional information on foods and restaurants, NOT a repeat of them. However, I was disappointed by it being called "For Kids," because my own 10-year-old will NOT eat most of the restaurant suggestions. I would like to see something that's TRULY kid-friendly (for the finicky eater!). Drop the "for kids" label, and it would be worthy of more stars....more info
  • Useful for families.
    The "Eat this not that" series are great books that should make people (and familes) step back and look at what they're eating. It helps you make simple choices that can make a difference in America's battle of the bulge....more info
  • Eat This, Not That (for kids)
    This is a great book and really informative. Some of the items in the book were very surprising (some shocking!) so it's good to know what you are feeding your children! ...more info
  • Excellent
    Can't say enough great things! Full of great info and surprising info at that! A must read to anyone trying to make smarter food choices....more info
  • Fun and Surprising
    These books are benefical for anyone wanting to eat healthier, this includes kids. These make interesting reading and the comparisons always seem to surprise someone. Worth the purchase....more info
  • Eye Opening
    I was amazed at the amounts of fat and trans fats in some of the items I was feeding my kids. I'm defitely making healthier choices for them now. ...more info
  • Fun and Informative
    I purchased all three Eat This Not That books. I was amazed to see that some of the logical choices were not necessarily the best choices. I shared them with my adult children and we had to laugh when we realized that we would probably have made the wrong choice without this information. It's a real eye opener. ...more info
  • my grandkids ask "is this on the eat this side?"
    I bought both books-one for adults and one for kids. Now, my 10 and 7 yr old grandsons ask if what they're eating is on the "eat this" side before they order. Such a simple idea, layed out in a colorful format. I'm very happy with both books and have recommended them to all my friends and family members....more info
  • Love this book!
    I bought this book hoping to help me make better choices for my 11 year old son. He saw the book and now carries it around. He will consult it before we go into restaurants and makes sure we all order something healthier. This is such a great concept that I have bought the other 'This Not That' books as well!...more info
  • Very interesting book!
    Very interesting book! I like it a lot. A lot of helpful information but you have to read very carefully because when comparing some of the products you must compare their serving sizes. Good book, I would recommend....more info
  • Eat This Not That
    Great advise on how to chhose what you eat and makes you check the label before buying things...more info
  • Love this book!
    I got this kids version since I tend to eat a lot of what they do. I was surprised at some of the substitutions and learned a lot! Great book! I do wish they had put in more restaurants tho, but they hit the main ones....more info
  • Excellent
    THis book was a wonderful guide to what I should be feeding my kids. I never knew how misleading some foods can be...more info
  • Useful nutritional guide for kids..
    Love this book for its visuals and categorized format. I think this book is a useful nutritional guide for kid foods....more info
  • Sneaky Chef uses this book at home!
    The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue: 101 All-New Recipes and ""Sneaky"" Tricks for Creating Healthy Meals Kids Will Love

    Love this book! We use it at home in The Sneaky Chef house. It's a great eye-opener to help us choose better foods in a world of so many choices. The kids read this all the time! Great job....more info
  • We love the "Eat This Not That" series
    "Eat This Not That for Kids" is my family's latest acquisition in this three book series, the other two being the Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution and the Eat This, Not That! Thousands of Simple Food Swaps that Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds--or More!.

    All three of these small books are packed with helpful information, colorful graphics and interesting articles. I actually bought them for myself, but my two teenage daughters have ended up devouring both of them (pun intended.)

    "Eat This Not That for Kids" is a bit beyond my kids' age range, since they no longer order children's meals in restaurants, but don't let that stop you from buying this book if you, too, are the parent of teenagers. There is a really helpful chapter on making the best choices in the school cafeteria and vending machines (if you, like me, thought that peanut butter crackers were a good snack choice, prepare to be disappointed.) There's also a section titled "Eat the Rainbow" that we found very interesting.

    One thing that you will get out of any of the "Eat This Not That" books is that food manufacturers are very prepared to lie to you on their packaging in order to get you to buy their product. For instance, there's a brand of mixed fruit -- the stuff you can buy to eat by the handful or add to homemade trail mix or put in oatmeal -- that doesn't just rely on the natural sweetness of the fruit, but loads the dried fruit with EXTRA sugar.

    There's lots more information like that available in this really informative, interesting and entertaining book. The "Eat This Not That" books have totally changed the way my family shops for food and eats in restaurants....more info
  • Decent book, dangerous premise
    After hearing all the buzz about this book, my mother, a RN who teaches newly-diagnosed diabetic kids how to manage their diabetes, picked up a copy from the library. Back from my freshman year of college with little to do, I decided to read it.

    It does what it says fairly well; showing alternatives to fast food/processed food. Here are the two main problems:

    1) Saying that your family can "be the leanest, fittest family on the block" by simply making these switches. This is absolutely false. This book totally discounts exercise as the reason why America is becoming fat. In the preface on pages viii-ix, the book says "Only 15% of our daily calorie burn comes from exercise", and "It is food" that is the sole cause of the obesity epidemic.

    That 15% is a large number of calories. Using the [...] calorie calculator (this is NOT an advertisement for [...]), a 5'4", 120lbs 13 year old male who exercises 3 times needs 2065 calories a day. Compare this to an identical child who does not exercise, and they need 1802 calories a day. These 263 calories needed for maintenance would be more effective than half of the switches. You will not become the "leanest, fittest family on the block" very quickly, considering that 1 pound of fat is roughly 3500 calories. And you will be no more physically fit than when you started.

    2) Some of the "good" and "bad" choices are weird, and many of the nutritional differences between the good & bad are negligible. Normally, the authors are good at stating the weight of the food, but in one example, I was astounded. They compare the Keebler Club Original crackers to the Keebler Club Reduced Fat, and say that the reduced fat is bad. Huh? Upon looking at the servings, they compare 4 original crackers to 5 reduced fat crackers, and do not say if they weigh the same. They have the exact same calorie count, the reduced fat has 1g less fat than the original, and the original has 40g less sodium. They say that the reduced fat are worse because "In exchange for one less gram of fat, you get more sodium and double the sugar. Keep the original" (p.185). More crackers for the same calories, higher salt, and more sugar? Of course there are going to be increased values when you eat more of roughly equivalent items.

    Overall, if you really want to "be the leanest, fittest family on the block", you will need to take in fewer calories, eat non-processed food, and EXERCISE!!! My mother will NOT be using this book to teach diabetic kids on how to regulate their disease by eating correctly, because you are still eating highly processed crap in this book (with only a few exceptions). If you understand this the book will serve its purpose, but it is dangerously marketed as a pseudo-diet....more info
  • Helpful in a society with so many choices
    Great little book. Easy to read. Interesting to kids and teens. Helpful section on fast food and chain restaurants. Nice comparisons and info why one choice is healthier than another....more info
  • Must-Have Book for Healthy Eaters!!
    This is a great book and a must have if you want to know the truth about what you are feeding your kids! We can't always provide our kids with the finest foods, especially when traveling or in other people homes, so this book provides valuable information to help you make wise decisions for your kids..Pick it up.. you will be glad you did!! It's also a great gift for a new mom too!!...more info
  • Very Good
    I enjoyed the Adult version of this book, so I purchase the child version to share with my kids and teach them about eating.

    The book is well designed in that it does seem to keep them focused on learning about the subject matter and what to look for to try to eat healthier, though unfortunately it is often difficult to eat "healthy" due to all the things kids face these days, such as vending machines and fast food.

    It seems to have helped in that my children seem to be considering their eating choices, and making (or agreeing to) better ones than before....more info
  • Great book
    I got this book at the liberty
    i didn't believe what i saw.
    but the good mostly this book show me what is bad for me and my kids.
    after going thought the book i notices that i eat at the health side more then the bad side.
    and section where lunch at school i never had that kind of food at my school.
    this book is great to read and think of all the un healthy snack we eat and all the healthy snack we can eat.. ...more info
  • Very helpful book!
    Really am enjoying this book. I carry it with me wherever I go and it helps me and my kids make smart food choices. It really opens your eyes to the kind of food you are eating. My kids have been amazed at some of the things they have learned. Like how many calories are in some of the restaurant meals....more info


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