One of the many universal struggles we parents go through with our kids is getting them to eat diverse and healthy meals. Life, after all, has more and better things to offer than just chicken nuggets and boxed mac and cheese.
Help is here for many moms and dads with the arrival of The Adventurous Eaters Club: Mastering the Art of Family Mealtime, a new family cookbook by actor Misha Collins of TV’s Supernatural and his wife, Vicki.
The book, available starting today, tells the Collins’ story of struggling to get their firstborn to eat more than than the usual heavily processed, pre-packaged foods most of us default to when we are in a hurry and or children become stubborn about what they will and won’t eat. That all changed, they write, when they decided to play into a child’s natural curiosity and eagerness to play and explore.
“When my wife and I first became parents, feeding our kids was a struggle. Every meal was a battle — and we usually lost. It was all about convenience. We were exhausted, overwhelmed parents in survival mode,” Collins says. “But when our toddler hid some unauthorized, unusual groceries in our shopping cart and we let him cook us dinner with these ingredients, it opened our eyes to another path — one that reinvented our family’s relationship with food forever. This cookbook is the story of that transformation and how healthy food became a source of joy, adventure, laughter, and connection.”
This new attitude made making meals and snacks an adventure in the supermarket and kitchen with their child in the starring roles. This, the Collins write, led their children to broaden their palate and view food not only as a something to fill their bellies but as something to truly enjoy and celebrate.
The Adventurous Eaters Club combines personal anecdotes and tips with more than 100 creative recipes that even small children can prepare on their own or with a little assistance. The cookbook aims to make family mealtime fun and nutritious away from convenience foods and into a wide variety of items they will be excited to try and return to.
Just purchasing the book will help some families in need. The profits from the book will be donated to a variety of charities that provide access to healthy food and the arts for underserved families.