Review: I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook by Sarah Wilson

I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook cover

I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook by Sarah Wilson
Available online here – $19
I think you’ll like it if you are into
– sugar free or ‘clean’ eating
– new healthy recipe ideas for kids
For more information visit I Quit Sugar with Sarah Wilson

I reviewed the original I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson awhile back and that post just keeps bouncing back to the top of my most clicked reviews. It seems there are more and more of us out there trying to get a handle on the various approaches to ‘clean eating’. For me, Wilson’s guides to sugar free living are a refreshingly friendly voice in a sea of tightly wound and preachy handbooks to health. She’s so darn likeable, not to mention gorgeous, that I really want to believe her cookbooks can change my life!

I followed Wilson’s 8 week guide to ditching the sweet stuff last year and genuinely felt great at the end.  Being a creature of (bad) habits, however, I’ve dipped in and out of sugar-free life since then, but I’ve learned a lot about nutrition along the way.  With this new ebook, Wilson takes aim at the little folk, with recipes designed to replace typical kid food with clean alternatives.  It’s an easy to read, easy to follow collection that offers lots of fresh ideas for nutritious family food – which is helpful whether or not you’re a devotee of the movement.

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My take on Wilson’s cauliflower pizza. Yes, the base is made of cauliflower!

Wilson’s books combine the story of her personal journey towards greater wellbeing with research that suggests sugar might be contributing to a whole bunch of modern maladies.   The I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook opens similarly with a précis of facts and figures, including a few child-related specifics about the impact of a high sugar diet on food cravings,  concentration and behaviour.   The important thing to take away from these books is that ‘sugary food’ is not limited to lollies and ice cream.  All kinds of things including yoghurts, sauces, breads and cereals are packed with enough sugar to upset the delicate balance of our children’s natural appetites.

Healthy sugar free recipes for kids

Wilson’s main suggestion for breaking sugar addiction is to ‘crowd out’ sugary food by offering an exciting choice of healthy, savoury options – so most of the food in this book fits that brief.  The recipes are broken up into kid-friendly chapters from Breakfast for Brain Power through to Let’s Party (with cakes, ice creams and Easter treats).  The savoury recipes are nutritious and veggie packed; sweet recipes rely on things like coconut oil, cacao and rice malt syrup to create creamy, tasty replacements for the usual preservative-laden goodies.

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Told you she was gorgeous.

So far, I’ve tried Wilson’s ‘Nourishing Nachos’ (pita crisps with a kidney bean and feta topping) and her Ham and Cheese Cauliflower Pizza (with a very yummy no-flour-required base).   Both recipes went down well with the family – grown ups and little ones alike.  I’m quite sure that my kids would baulk at some of the other recipes in the book (I really can’t see avocado and spinach ice blocks going down well),   but show me a kid who’s truly happy to eat everything you put in front of them?  A certain amount of food training is required for kids, no matter what your food philosophy!  And I reckon some homemade Bounty bars (cacao and coconut) or a Bugs Bunny Crumble Pudding (rich, chia pudding with a carrot crumble!) would go a long way to comfort them out of a tantrum.

When you opt for sugar free living, you inadvertently cut out loads of other things that may not agree with you.  So if you happen to suffer from allergies or intolerances, or you’re following other clean eating plans (paleo, whole foods, low GI etc) the I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook is guaranteed to contain some great recipe ideas that will work within your lifestyle.   If nothing else, these recipes allow you to avoid a range of preservatives, colours, flavours and other additives and add hidden veggies all over the place.  The kids don’t even need to know what you’re up to!

I was lucky enough to sample this cookbook as a review copy, but this is the link if you want to buy your own: I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook – RRP $19. 


8 comments for “Review: I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook by Sarah Wilson

  1. April 25, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve never done the I Quit Sugar detox thing but love a lot of the sugar free options – particularly dessert. I’ve been struggling with the kids lately and reverting back to sandwiches as my time and creativity has lapsed so this could be just what I need I didn’t know there was a kids version of the book so thanks for the review, I’ll have to look into it.

    • This Charming Mum
      April 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      I know what you mean about the sandwich thing. On my ‘good weeks’ when I’ve making all the kids’ food from scratch I feel as though I never leave the kitchen! It’s all about being organised and prepping in advance etc, of course, but life does get busy! Some of these recipes are very quick and easy, which is half the appeal. But even if you’re not 100% 24/7, at least you’re making an effort. There are some good ideas in the book anyway if you decide to get it 🙂

  2. April 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you so much for this review. I was interested in buying it. I have Sarah’s other book although I must admit I’ve been putting off starting the program. It might be time to give it a try. Now that I’m checking labels, I’m realising how much sugar there is in pre-packaged kids’ food!

    • This Charming Mum
      April 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      It’s scary isn’t it! But even if you don’t do the ‘hardcore’ program, you can always just throw a few of these recipes into the mix during the week – can’t hurt!

  3. Francesca Suters (@FWritesHere)
    April 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I learned a lot about nutrition and sugar during my pregnancies when I had gestational diabetes. Knowing what I know, I should be better at it, particularly given I now have a higher risk factor of getting type 2 diabetes later in life. I think this would be really helpful for us as a family, even if we don’t do it all the time, just to mix things up a bit and have less sugary alternatives from time to time. I didn’t really look into the adult “I quit sugar”, as I thought it would be too hard with the kids. But to see there is a book now which could be used for the whole family – I’m very interested 🙂

  4. April 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for this Lara, I was wondering what it was like. If I’m honest I find the thought of making our entire household sugar free beyond exhausting. I can see why I should be doing it, but haven’t got the motivation yet, one day. xx

    • This Charming Mum
      April 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      I know what you mean Emily. It does take a lot of planning and organising to do it 100%. These days I’m just opting for ‘near enough is good enough’ approach, lol. Some weeks I pull it off really well and I’m Super Mum in the kitchen – other weeks the packaged treats sneak in. But I’m always keen for new recipe ideas anyway.

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