Mila’s Meals: The Beginning and The Basics is part food journal, part cookbook, part whole-food nutrition encyclopaedia covering The Beginning of your child’s lifelong relationship with food and The Basics of feeding yourself and your family food that is medicine.
This is a must study, must enjoy, healthy eating alternative not only for feeding children, but also for feeding ourselves as adults.
Everything you could possibly ask about the difficult food industry is answered in this book.
Beginning with her own health journey and motherhood story, Catherine leads the reader through her experiences and sets us up with a course of action: first and foremost, be aware of what you are eating.
It includes extensive information on every aspect of nutrition: food additives, GMO’s, allergies, and food intolerances and much more. The research and information is complemented by easy-to-reference, concise charts such as the the different food groups, what nutrients are needed and which foods to find them in, lists of nutrient-enhancers to sneak into any meal, a detailed appendix of food additives to avoid and why, and so much more.
With the research covered, the book then provides a great resource of delicious and nutritious recipes all accompanied by mouth-watering pictures. Including snacks, main course meals, party food, desserts and pantry staples and fermented foods.
All the kid’s favourites have been made nutrient-dense – such as chicken nuggets, pancakes and ice-cream.
The ingredient glossary (for all 156 ingredients used in the book) is succinct, very thorough and useful.
If you are a new Mama or know anyone who is, if your child has food allergies or intolerance’s, if you plan to raise your children on a ‘free from’ diet or, if you would simply like to nutritionally educate yourself then this is the book for you.
- Gourmand Best of the Best 25 Years – Diet Category
- Gourmand ‘Best In The World’ Award – First Book Category
- Next Generation Indie Book Award – Health/Wellness Category
- Reader’s Favorite Award – Non-Fiction Cooking/Food Category
- Living Now Book Award – Cookbooks Natural, Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian Category
- Gourmand World Cookbook Award – Self-Published Category
- London Book Festival Award – Cookbook Category
- International Rubery Book Award – Shortlist – Non-fiction Category
- Publisher : Catherine Barnhoorn; 2nd ed. (March 22, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 502 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0639822800
- ISBN-13 : 978-0639822808
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 1.36 x 11 inches
“I highly recommend this well-researched textbook on healthy nutrition masquerading as a delightful recipe book!”– Dr. Leila Sadien
“Mila’s Meals is an absolute gift to parents and practitioners alike.
We are taught so little about nutrition in medical school, that having a ‘Go To’ book in the practice is superb. I often refer parents to it and encourage them to read it cover to cover. I have seen the changes in the little ones’ health and love it when the children become the agents of change for the whole family.” – Dr. Daphne Lyell (MB.BCh)
“This is truly a nutrition and food bible and every mom should have one.
Never in my life have I come across a book that is so consuming. Every free minute of my day I find myself soaking up every bit of interesting information on each page, each time learning something new and eye-opening. I am a chef, and this book has inspired me so much that I have enrolled to study clinical nutrition.” –Liesl Jansen van Rensburg
“This is a must have guide for all young mothers.”– Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers’ Favorite Awards
“I absolutely love this book! I use it every day and I recommend it for ALL my patients, young and old.
Catherine has given so much information on how many foods and additives affect our bodies and what to replace them with. What we feed our children affects them not only physically but emotionally and cognitively. How did I ever practice without this book? Thank you Catherine!” –Dr. Rene Jeannes
“This book is a game changer!”– Debbie Logan, Journalist, real food activist
“Catherine has managed to fit a veritable encyclopaedia worth of knowledge and wisdom into this beautiful book. Painstaking attention to detail is paid to all things food and health related that we may all have heard of or read about but are unsure of how to integrate into our daily lives.” – Esmé Morley
“It’s a tome of a book, filled with really useful information applicable to both adults and children alike.” – Rachel Jesson, health food specialist & co-author of ‘Wholesome Nutrition For You’
“At last, a wonderfully creative and thoroughly well-researched work of immensely helpful and beneficial guidance, for us as parents!
Food and health are inseparable. In today’s information age nutritional concepts can be all too confusing, especially when the information is focused on ‘what’ to eat, rather than exploring and understanding the ‘why’. This book introduces important and comprehensible ‘why’s’ of applying food as your medicine, while at the same time, offering truly sumptuous and easy-to-follow recipes to give our little genetic investments vibrant health and a greater connection to nature, of which we are all an integral part. Toward healing, awareness, and peace! Thank you, Catherine.” – Dr. Jon Morley (MBChB)
“I cannot describe the immense feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment after I have cooked a meal using your guidelines. My new way of preparing food, to make it as nutrient dense as possible, has given me a new purpose and sense of gratification for real food. After each meal I am proud and feel that I have accomplished so much more than just ‘feeding’ my kids.
Thank you for changing my life.” – Marelize Rhodes
About the Author
Catherine Barnhoorn is mom to Mila and a certified integrative nutrition health coach. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and psychology and a diploma in marketing and visual communications. She is an active member of The South African Society for Integrative Medicine (SASIM) and works as a health coach, online educator, nutrition consultant and keynote speaker focusing on topics including Food as Medicine, Gut Health, Childhood Nutrition, ‘Free-From’ Feeding, Nutrient-dense Foods, Picky Eating and Primary Food.