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Real Food Nutrition FOR KIDS!

I would get anywhere from 2 to 5 emails a day, and they all read the same way. “I’m interested in your book of lessons for younger, elementary aged children. It sounds perfect for my 7 year old daughter! Is it available yet? I’ve looked everywhere on your website and didn’t see a place to purchase it. HELP!”

Praise be to God. I’m done. The book that has been more than a year in the making is finally finished. And it’s beautiful. Really, folks, this is something you’ll be glad to own.

Want to take a look inside?

Real Food Nutrition FOR KIDS! provides 15 lessons in Real Food nutrition for younger children, starting with the real basics (What is Digestion?) and moving on to navigate the world of choosing healthy, wholesome, real foods instead of their fake, often cruel, industrial counterparts.

Accompanying each lesson, you’ll also find a beautiful coloring page, a fun activity, and copywork pages (in both print & cursive). The book is also full of lively, classic art prints from throughout the ages like the one shown above. Painted in 1590 A.D. by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, the painting above is used to illustrate the ever-important lesson: you are what you eat!

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(photo art “Vegetables In A Bowl Or The Gardener” by Arcimboldo Gardener)

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32 Responses to Real Food Nutrition FOR KIDS!
  1. Greta Trocki via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 10:54 am

    YAY! I’m so excited.

  2. Amy Haberman via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:07 am

    Will it be available in print copy soon? Looks like you only have it as a download right now?

  3. Food Renegade via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:10 am

    Amy — A printed copy is cost prohibitive. I believe color is really important to do the book justice, but printing such small quantities in color will make the book cost somewhere in the vicinity of $45. I don’t think too many people would be willing to pay that… LOL. If enough people express interest in a B&W edition, I may release that. It would probably run nearer to $30.

  4. Lea Harris via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Yay! Finally! Hooray! :)

  5. Alexis Dunigan via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:15 am

    Yay! How exciting!

  6. Allison Powell via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:23 am

    Yay! I just received my link to the sample and am unable to view it.

  7. Allison Powell via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:24 am

    I requested html. Is it possible to request again using the text option? Right now it won’t let me. Thanks!

  8. Food Renegade via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:26 am

    Allison — What is the subject of the email you can’t open? Also, what’s your email address? (You can email it to me at Kristen AT FoodRenegade DOT com).

  9. Rhonda Chamberlain via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:49 am

    thank you!

  10. Real Food Healthy Living via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:53 am

    THANK YOU! So excited! Just downloaded my copy!

  11. Ashley Clements via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 11:59 am


  12. Crystal - Prenatal Coach
    June 14, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    This is GREAT! Thank you for creating it!

  13. Alice Benham via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    Awesome!! My son is going to love this, he hates fake food already! LOL

  14. FoodKin Canada via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    just bought mine!!! Thanks so much :)

  15. Jag Rawat via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    Food of Grandfathers not liked by children means something seriously wrong with your parenting! Continuity-breaking is your onus!! So sustainability carries no meaning in tersm of food habit in many households!! See how grandfather/grandmother challenge is understood in perspective by us all in continuing culturally sound food habits and avoiding ‘globalised Yankee Junkee’!!!

  16. Mary
    June 14, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Yay! I have been thinking about buying this book as soon as it came out. I haven’t checked back in quite a while and just thought to check in and there it is! Great timing!

  17. SaraR
    June 14, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    Wow, I’m super excited about this. Not just real food but CM style, could it get any better!

    • KristenM
      June 14, 2011 | 6:43 pm

      I *heart* Charlotte Mason!

  18. Food Renegade via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    Amy — I just had a thought! What if I ONLY printed the lessons in color? I can get the book of lessons down to about $22/book. Then the activities, coloring pages, and copywork pages can be provided in an e-book format so that people can print off as many copies as they need for each of their kids. It’s a complicated solution, but it enables readers to have access to a nicely bound color version of the lessons. How many of you would buy it in that format?

  19. Alice Benham via Facebook
    June 14, 2011 | 7:40 pm

    Personally, I don’t mind the e-book format. It gives me more flexibility!

  20. Tammy R.
    June 14, 2011 | 8:16 pm

    YAY! I’ve been waiting for this! Thank you so much for getting this done for all us homeschooling real food mommies :)

  21. Augie
    June 14, 2011 | 8:30 pm

    Hay Kristin– when will it be available for the affiliates? I am ready to push this one hard.

    • KristenM
      June 14, 2011 | 9:22 pm

      Augie — You can start selling it right now, if you’d like. :) Shoot me an email and I’ll show you exactly how to format your affiliate link so it goes to the kids book landing page. Your standard affiliate link goes to the landing page for the 12+ book.

  22. Augie
    June 14, 2011 | 8:31 pm

    Oh sorry for the misspelling–Kristen

    • KristenM
      June 14, 2011 | 9:22 pm

      No problem. Happens all the time. All. The. Time. :)

  23. Lisa
    June 14, 2011 | 8:52 pm

    I definitely plan on buying the book! I don’t want to sound rude, and please don’t take it the wrong way. I’m an art teacher and have taught lessons around the artist in the artwork above. The artist is actually Giuseppe Arcimboldo, not Arcimboldo Gardener. Can’t wait for my kid to read the book when he’s old enough!! Thanks for spreading the word on real food.

    • KristenM
      June 14, 2011 | 9:16 pm

      Lisa — LOL! Thanks for catching that. I must have copied & pasted from my notes in the wrong place. I fixed it!

  24. Pearl
    June 15, 2011 | 5:47 am

    Question from a reader in the UK – How ‘American’ is this book? I mean, are there many references to American policies/government/the USDA/currency that would be difficult to relate to for a non-American child? As an American ex-pat, I can understand these and find as close to references here in the UK as I can, but my very British son — who is now in a ‘I want to do as much myself as possible stage — gets very frustrated at what are to him confusing American references in otherwise great books and home-education resources. (Maths is actually the worst for this, finding country neutral maths is far harder than it would seem!).

  25. Dr. D.
    June 16, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Congratulations Amy! This is much needed text. Love the graphics!

  26. Stephanie Russell
    June 16, 2011 | 7:47 pm

    YAY! Ordered and downloaded!
    I am SO thankful for this! I’m homeschooling my 7 year old and while I know all the in’s and out’s, it is hard to get it across to her when she is literally suffering for McDonalds because ‘all her friends get to go!’ >.<
    She has made very valiant efforts and she knows a lot but you have just made my job so much easier! I have to teach health as part of my curriculum (no problem!) but I was NOT looking forward to literally having to write my own curriculum entirely because everything available was food pyramid/plate, mainstream, unhealthy crap.
    SO….thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I am so appreciative and thankful!

  27. Aneta
    February 26, 2014 | 4:03 pm

    Hi there! I’m wondering if you have a Table of Contents document available? I am an online teacher who has several homeschooling students using this resource. Thanks!

  28. Lisa
    August 29, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    “You are what you eat”, now I’m thinking if we repaint this picture, the only thing we would see is chips and burgers. Thanks.

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