Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Review: Fueling the Teen Machine, 2nd Edition

It’s tough enough to get our kids to eat well when we’re in control of the meals, but when they get to be teenagers, the problem gets worse. Your adolescent is now often eating on the run, even driving, and that means multiple stops at fast-food joints and mini-marts. So, how can you get your teen to eat better without force-feeding the veggies? Just hand your teenager a copy of Fueling the Teen Machine: What It Takes to Make Good Choices for Yourself Every Day, by dieticians Ellen Shanley and Colleen Thompson.

This book gives all the basics about good nutrition, but where it really excels is when it focuses on topics of especial concern to teens, such as eating disorders, vegetarianism, sports nutrition, and fast food. For instance, did you know:
  • A lot of us think that if something is natural, it must be healthier. This is not necessarily true.
  • You can download apps that tell you the nutrition information on all of your favorite fast-food menu items.
  • Statistics show that 15-60 percent of athletes have episodes of eating disorders.
  • Being a vegetarian isn’t just about avoiding meat. You can end up a “Twinkie vegetarian,” that is, someone who doesn’t eat meat but fills her or his diet with foods of little nutritional value.
At the end of Fueling the Teen Machine are recipes that will appeal to adolescents, such as Three Cheese Macaroni (my teenager loves mac ‘n’ cheese) and Energy Bars. I suggest that you unobtrusively place a copy of this book on your teen’s nightstand. By understanding the concepts in Fueling the Teen Machine, your teenager has a much better chance of eating healthfully and wisely.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the affiliate links in this post.


  1. I'm thinking it's a good one for parents to read for the inside info too!

  2. Thanks for such a nice write up on our book Susan.


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