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Appetite for Life {Giveaway}

Almost any parent will tell you that their child doesn’t eat ___. It’s a rare child who will eat everything, but Stacey Antine, MS, RD‘s new book Appetite for Life proclaims to deliver a solution to the picky eater. I was a little skeptical, but having spent some time reading the articles and checking out the recipes, I have to admit, this book does look promising. As the founder of HealthBarn USA, an organization dedicated to introducing kids and their families to healthy eating habits and real food, Stacey knows what she’s talking about.

Appetite for Life begins with tips for introducing new foods to your kids, such as avoiding words like “yuck” in favor of a thumb up, thumb sideways and thumb down system for rating new foods. There is a great section for how to get your kids involved in cooking and growing their own food. This book has an excellent pantry list section, weekly meal planners and even educational activities for kids. Recipes are kid-approved and range from breakfast dishes like Sweet Potato Pancakes to more exotic fare for dinner like Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Herb Dipping Sauce. Appetite for Life has a wonderful selection of healthy snacks for those after-school munchies and a healthy, but delicious array of dessert choices.


The kind folks at Harper Collins have provided three copies of this lovely book for us to giveaway. We’re pairing these books with a package of our Flaxseed Meal, Buckwheat Flour and Cornmeal so you can try this delicious recipe (one of the author’s favorites) for Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes right away.

To enter, tell us what your least favorite food was as a kid. Me? I loathed lima beans and would pick them out of every dish my poor mom prepared with them. I’m not sure why exactly, but they were my nemesis in the food world. We’ll pick three winners randomly from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 09/09.

Congratulations to Charlene, Crystal and Georgia!

Fun to eat and fun to make. Photo courtesy of Appetite for Life

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

  • 2/3 cup Buckwheat Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cornmeal
  • 3 Tbsp packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ground Flaxseeds
  • 1-1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 large Egg Whites
  • 1-1/2 cups Low-Fat (1%) milk
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar


1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

2. Add egg, egg whites, milk, and vanilla to flour mixture, and stir until moistened. Add blueberries and stir until blended.

3. Heat a nonstick griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Pour batter by ¼ cup onto the hot griddle or skillet. Cook pancakes until bubbles form on top, about 4 minutes. Turn over and cook a few minutes longer, until underside is golden. Transfer pancakes to a plate; keep warm. Repeat until all batter is used.

4. Serve with pure maple syrup or agave nectar.

Makes 6 servings (2 pancakes per serving)


Christina says:

I HATED green peas! But only when they were cooked and on their own. Pea soup was great, but my mother didn’t dare put a spoonful of peas on my plate – yuck! I love Bob’s Red Mill, so this would be awesome 🙂

Brenda says:

I’d have to say cooked carrots. Something about cooking them just totally ruined the taste for me. I preferred them raw; I suppose that’s a good thing. My own kids actually have the same issue. 🙂

JNyce says:

Great giveaway! I despised carob. It was absolutely my least favorite food item as a child. We were not allowed to have regular chocolate or sugar, so this was the substitute. The thought creeps me out to this day.

Mary F says:

I remember hiding canned peas around the edge of my plate, thinking I could escape from eating them. Not so lucky! And why did we eat canned peas when we grew up in a small town in No. Idaho with gardens all over the place? Only my Mother can answer, and she is no longer with us!! Yucky peas!!!

Lilja Jonsdottir says:

My least favorite food was chicken when I was little…

Cathi Lamoreux says:

I second the vote for lima beans, but I also just couldn’t choke down creamed corn. Still can’t eat the stuff!

Karen D says:

Pancakes…they were a special treat. And the fried onions served with liver. Hated the liver!

Anne Smith says:

My least favorite food as a child was Brussell Sprouts. Now I find that I enjoy them flavored with fresh mint sauce.
I would love to have a copy of the appetite for life booklet.
Kindest regards,

Georgia Tretinik says:


Rebekah says:

It is hard for me to pick my least favorite food as a child. I am told if it wasn’t bread, tacos or sloppy joes I wouldn’t have anything to do with it. I guess I deserve my 2 outrageously picky eating children. What goes around comes around!

Michelle says:

I hated canned salmon. My parents would buy it and then make sandwiches with the salmon. Oh, how I hated those sandwiches! To this day, I refuse to eat any sort of salmon-fresh or canned.

Rachel Greenfield says:

Onions! I would refuse to eat anything that had onions in them. I also would not cut them, because I was not fond of the smell and the way they make your eyes water. I hated everything about them, but now I love them! They are so flavorful!

Marie says:

I never liked still makes my skin crawl.

Cheryl Jeter says:

I didn’t like cooked celery. I’d pick it out of my moms stew but I would love to have a copy of the appetite for life booklet.

kyle ashley pittman says:

I hated meatloaf.

tara pittman says:

disliked veggies.

Marisa says:

Definitely lentils!!! My mom would try to get me to eat them by telling me that they were M&M’s. That never worked though.

Jeffrey says:

I hated eggs and still do unless they are wrapped with cookies, cakes or brownies!

Crystal says:

I really hated peas in my pasta. I don’t know why but I still hate peas.

Stacy says:

Absolutely lima beans.
And shredded coconut — my brother used to have my mom mix that into his frosting for his birthday cake just because he knew I hated it. And it wasn’t because he loved coconut, he just liked everything. My mom allowed it because we each got to pick whatever we wanted to have. Needless to say, that’s not allowed with my kids!

Heather Becker says:

Any type of whole beans, lima, pinto, black, ect.

As I have aged they all are great to eat. I think it was due to what kids are exposed to. I took my kids to authentic Mexican food other day, they had whole pinto beans insted of re-fried beans with cheese. They loved the whole beans once they tried them but they were use to what the restaurant would serve.

Mark Kalan says:

Maypo – I hate Maypo to this day…and as a kid they all called me Markie Maypo after the commercial…damn I hate Maypo!

Billie Jean says:

Ugh, I hated meatloaf! AND STILL DO! Yucky…

Rachel says:

I really disliked steak. I think that it was the way that my father cooked it (rare with no seasoning) because I don’t mind it now.

I was such a picky kid this is a hard one…but I would have to say any bean other than green beans (and they had to be french style from a can!)

Reid says:

The only thing I refused to eat as a kid was spaghetti squash. It was the only time I flat-out refused to eat more than 2 bites of something.

Candy Johnstone says:

I hated cream of mushroom soup. money was really tight and one lunch I just couldn’t choke down a bowl of cream of mushroom soup. Even now there are few recipes that I won’t substitute a different cream of ___ soup instead of cream of mushroom.

Megan M. says:

My least favorite food growing up would be butternut squash. I can’t get past the texture of it. My mother forced me to eat some of it as a kid and I’ve never forgotten it. Gross!

Krista says:

Stuffed green peppers! My mom made green peppers stuffed w/ ground beef regularly for my dad. Ick.

Rick says:

I hated beets. Something about the dirt taste. I like them a little now when well prepared but can’t say I exactly seek them out.

Charlene says:

I disliked cream style canned corn.

Ok well it is a tie for me I detested lima beans (a sordid little bean) and black eyes peas (love the band though).

I could just never get into them even with the lima beans were hidden in succatash.

BeachHouse Writer says:

I did not like sauerkraut still cannot smell it without getting sick.

Melissa O. says:

I liked most vegetables as a kid. I did not like Okra at all. I now LOVE Okra and my kids hate it, lol.

Ttrockwood says:

I always hated bacon! (and then i became a vegetarian when i was 12…. 20yrs later i still am!)

jacquie says:

creamed chicken over store bought white bread – dreadful

Elena V says:

Stuffed cabbage…I found the smell of it pungent and always picked out the meaty stuffing out of it. However, now, as an adult, I put enough fresh herbs in the pot to reduce the cabbage smell and actually like the dish!

Kevin P says:

I hated olives and I still do, when I see my uncles they still remind me when they tried to give me an olive and spit it out.

Sue Strowe says:

Vienna sausages-the color, texture, smell-everything about them was gross!

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