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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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Egg Whites, Turkey Bacon & Low-Fat Cheddar Tortilla Wraps

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These healthy, filling wraps are like breakfast-in-a-rolll-up, and the perfect breakfast or lunch dish for kids and adults. Get Cat Cora's terrific recipe here.

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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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Empanadas

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Empanadas are delicious, savory little pies that are the perfect bite-sized treat for little ones and adults alike. Get Catherine Newman's tasty recipe here.

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Ham, Apple and Brie Panini

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Yummy cheese and ham make these homemade paninis a hit, and they're quick and easy to make. Get Alison Needham's great sandwich recipe here.

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Cool School Lunches

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The trick to getting your kids to eat the lunch you pack is all about making it look cool. Start with a colorful lunchbox and fill it with fun-size, good-for-you treats. We're pretty sure they won't want to trade.

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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

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Bartlett or Anjou pears are used in this salad for their crisp texture. The nut and cheese combination sets the tone of the dish—white Cheddar and pecans is decidedly American.

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Quick Snacks for Kids

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These seven snacks are easy to make, fun for the kids and a few of them even sneak in some healthy ingredients along the way. Be sure to keep on hand some inexpensive plastic bowls and plates for outside snacking, plus small resealable plastic bags for those times you need to take these with you. These recipes are perfect for field trips, school lunches or after-school snacks.

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Going Through the Picky Eater Stage

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Picky eaters may have certain standards of what they will and will not eat, but it turns out they're getting almost as much nutrition as other kids -- especially when you sneak it in at snack time.

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