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Healthy Takes on Kids' Classics

Many of your kids' favorite meals can be made healthier with a few simple substitutions that can reduce fat, boost fiber and veggies, and leave all the flavor intact.

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Wake-Up Smoothie

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With a stash of berries in your freezer, you can jump-start your day with this nutritious, tasty smoothie in just minutes. It provides vitamin C, fiber, potassium and soy protein.

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Frozen Horchata

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A summery take on a popular Spanish and Mexican rice-based drink.

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Thermos-Ready Smoothie

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A protein and fiber-rich drink to go.

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Ready-to-Whir Smoothies

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With a quick spin in the blender, these customized make-ahead frozen smoothie packets let your child drink to her health.

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Rolled Crispy Rice Apples

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Apples are the signature fruit of fall. Here's an easy recipe that makes the most of their fresh, crisp flavor. This fast snack can easily be made with organic ingredients for a sweet, healthful treat.

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Snow Peas with Asian Peanut Butter Dip

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When trying to get your little one to eat vegetables, try this kid-friendly recipe for Snow Peas with Asian Peanut-Butter.

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Mango Fro-Yo Pops

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A refreshing, frozen version of an Indian lassi (yogurt shake), this tropically fragrant popsicle is like a mouthful of summer. Try this unique recipe with mango or other fruits.

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Black Bean Dip

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Here's an easy dip to try. For these small and nearly-instant recipes, I use canned beans, and find them perfectly thrifty, happily quick, and acceptably tasty. However, if I'm using a lot of beans -- in a soup, say -- then I use dried, because they taste better and are cheaper. It makes a wholesome packed lunch: a little container of dip, along with a bag of tortilla or pita chips and some carrot sticks makes a nice change of pace from a sandwich.

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Pineapple-Raspberry Parfaits

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You won't mind serving dessert on a busy weeknight after assembling these quick parfaits.

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