LAURA FUENTES is the founder and CEO of MOMables.com., where she helps thousands of parents every day make meals and snacks their kids will love. Laura is a speaker, recipe developer, and lover of all things mom. She partners with major real food brands to promote healthy school lunches, reduce childhood obesity, and teach healthy family eating. In her personal blog, Laura writes about motherhood, good family food, managing deadlines, and keeping her cool, even when her kids super-glued her hair. Visit her at www.LauraFuentes.com and www.momables.com.
"Fuentes (Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet) follows up with more than 200 snack recipes that are alternatives to the "expensive, processed box" kind. Complemented by color photos, the work offers a strategy that involves planning, buying in bulk, and having a well-stocked pantry. She advocates making big batches, prepping ahead, and freezing for time management. "Laura's tips" and "kitchen notes" are scattered throughout, providing more advice. Snacks range from red, white, and blue parfait (strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, and granola) to veggie dipping jars (hummus on the bottom of jar with raw veggies) to peaches and cream bread. One chapter features "reimagined classics" such as fresh fruit toaster pastries and homemade golden fishes. Recipes are also included for smoothies and frozen treats. A feedback chart at the back can be photocopied to allow readers to keep track of which recipes the kids liked. VERDICT Stocked with good ideas, these recipes will give families (not just the kids!) nutritional snacking options." - Library Journal