100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes
By Reed Alexander
(Rodale Books, Paperback, 9781609615109, 224pp.)
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
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As a busy teen star, Reed Alexander’s life is a balancing act. Several years ago, as he juggled career commitments and school, he lost sight of how to eat right, became overweight, and as a result, was exhausted and lethargic. Too tired to keep up with his hectic schedule, he decided to reclaim his health by changing his diet. A can-do guy, his first step was to learn how to cook for himself. Unable to find any recipes suited to a teenager’s tastes, he rolled up his sleeves and set to work in his kitchen, developing healthy versions of the foods he loves. Along the way, he became a dedicated cook, sharing his culinary discoveries with his fans and friends on his Web site, KewlBites.com.
Since then, Alexander has gained a cultlike following of both teen cooks and their parents. Inspired by the number of lives he has touched, Alexander has created 100 slimmed down, kid-tested, mother-approved alternatives for the foods teens love. In KewlBites(TM), Reed Alexaner improves the health profile of such standard teen fare as sliders, chips, chicken fingers, tacos and fries, and he aims to expand the dinner menu to include such dishes as a Margherita Frittata, Oriental Chop Slaw, and Kewl and Breezy Shrimp Rolls. Throughout, he shares the tips, tricks, and methods he used to strip his favorite dishes of their unhealthy ingredients and replace them with flavorful, nourishing ones. He also offers up advice on how to make a shopping list, navigate the grocery store, and choose the freshest ingredients possible.
REED ALEXANDER has played Nevel on the hit show iCarly since 2007. He is the creator of KewlBites.com, and is the official spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Genreation, through which his recipes have been launched in more than 30,000 schools. He regularly appears at food festivals and conferences as well as on national TV outlets including the Today show, CNN, Fox News, and Good Morning America Health to promote his healthy message. He lives in Boca Raton, FL.
"Reed Alexander is an important partner to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and this new book reinforces his commitment to the health and well-being of young Americans. Full of recipes and anecdotes for a healthier lifestyle, KewlBites is more than a cookbook—it’s a valuable guide for a new generation."—President Bill Clinton
"My daughters just adore anything Reed does! A role model and inspiration to kids everywhere, Reed proves healthy eating can be delicious and easy with this creative compilation of better-for-you recipes that the whole family can enjoy."—Melissa d'Arabian
"KewlBites is not only a must-have manual for the busy parent but also a wonderful way for kids to learn how to make delicious and nutritious meals. Huge kudos to Reed Alexander for making healthy eating fun!"—Joy Bauer, NBC Nutrition Correspondent
"I am a big fan of inviting the kids into the kitchen and that is why I love Reed's KewlBites. The recipes are easy and healthy, perfect to cook as a family! But most importantly, they are 'simply delicioso.'"—Ingrid Hoffmann, Food Network/Univision Star and Author
"I've known Reed since he was 13—first as an incredible actor (and human!)—and now as a spectacular young adult and chef. He's brilliant, energetic, fun and inspirational! Reed's recipes are fresh and easy, and they're great for kids as well as the rest of the family. Go, Reed—YOU ROCK!!!!"—Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien
"[KewlBites] features tons of fun recipes."—Seventeen.com
"Alexander is getting serious cred from his elders for being if not the voice of his peers, at least the proverbial stomach…The vibe [of KewlBites] is fun, casual…There are some fun snack treats…Most teens should be able to make Alexander’s recipes with minimal adult supervision…His advice is delivered with a comforting confidence…If anyone can get today’s teenager to eat better, it will likely be a fellow teen."—Chicago Tribune
"It’s not just "kiddie food" like sliders and cupcakes – although you’ll find recipes for those, too—there are some quite sophisticated dishes [in KEWLBITES]"—The Examiner
"Tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family"—Newsday
"The recipes, for every meal and every occasion, are meant to be quick and easy, healthy and tasty, with liberal helpings of natural and unsweetened fruits, vegetables and other ingredients."—Sun-Sentinel