5 Minutes for Books: The Chickin Feed Primer

by Jennifer Donovan

A while back I wrote a review of the Chickin Feed Nutrition Tracker after seeing the mom-owner on the Rachael Ray show. Well now, in addition to offering a visible representation of what our kids need to make up a healthy diet, she’s now published the Chickin Feed Primer: A useful companion for modern families.

There are so many lovely things about this book:

  • It includes nutrition info, but also encouragement to get moving and be creative (because as contributor Amy Handler says, “Imagination is a muscle.”)
  • It looks just like a composition notebook (you know the black and white marble ones), down to the binding and the lined pages. It’s adorable!
  • The cover tells us parenthetically (for use by chickins of all ages), and that is true. Whether you are trying to get yourself on a healthy regime, or if you are trying to convince your children to eat better and move more, this book will work for you.
  • The Recipes! There are great suggestions and recipes for each meal and the extremely-important-to-kids snack time(s) as well.

If you like to read about nutrition, and want to make some easy family-friendly changes, I highly recommend the Chickin Feed Primer. Check out the Tracking Board as well while you’re looking around the site.

We have FOUR copies to give away (U.S. shipping addresses only). If you’d like to win, leave a comment. The winner will be announced in next Monday’s column and is subject to our terms and conditions.

The winner of the Only True Genius in the Family is #6 Ellen Cunningham. You should have received an email from me, but if not send your shipping info to 5minutesforbooksATgmaildotcom.

This post was written by contributing editor Jennifer Donovan, who also blogs at Snapshot and is managing editor of 5 Minutes for Books.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Francine Anchondo February 2, 2009 at 12:05 am

Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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I’m still trying to organize myself around my picky preschooler. Would love to try this book!

3 Michelle February 2, 2009 at 12:41 am

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4 Serena February 2, 2009 at 1:32 am

Sounds useful!

5 Maddy February 2, 2009 at 1:37 am

Well now that my son will actually eat chicken [miracle of miracles] that sounds like a smashing idea. [could also do with some help in the diabetes / high blood pressure / high cholesterol department too.]

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9 Kristen February 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

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I could definitely use this. Thanks for the chance to win!

13 Jean February 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

Sounds like a great way to get some great nutritional recipes and keep track of good habits.

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This sounds like just what I need!

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Sounds helpful!

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I would luv to be entered in the drawing for this helpful book. It could be the help I and my 4 adult daughters need for this new year.

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I’m excited about the snack ideas!

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Sounds great :)

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Thank you for the giveaway and chance to win. Sounds like a very helpful book.

35 Sharon S February 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Would definitely help our overall nutrition – maybe my sweet hubby would eat some more veggies… :) Thanks!

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This sounds like a very useful tool. As list-maker, journaling kind of person, I could really use this!

37 Chris February 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Sounds like a great book! We could really use some help in this area at our home! ;-)

38 lace February 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

The tracking boards look amazing. We have a hard time getting veggies in the little chick and maybe this board will help.

39 Shannon H February 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Our whole family needs to start eating better. Thanks!

40 Sheila Capell February 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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Wow! Looks like an awesome book! Must have missed that Rachel Ray episode.

It’s officially on my “must have” list! I’ll be ordering it on Amazon if I don’t win. :)

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Count me in! I’m a subscriber and get the newsletter, and I could really use this with three boys!

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I’d like to win this for my son. Thanks for the chance.

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Oh, this looks great. I’m always looking for help with meal planning and nutrition for the kids. Thanks!

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I sure could use this book to help me with a few of my picky grands. Would love to use some of the recipes and ideas.

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I could use this to make wiser choices.

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Would love some extra food help!

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I have a tween that desperately wants to lose weight and we need help with nutritional guidance!

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