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Preparing nutritious food for kids’ school lunches can be hard sometimes because there are kids that are so picky. So their food should be something that they will really like at the same time without compromising its nutritional value.

Here are some nutritious  recipes for your kids’ lunches:

Quick Hummus-and-vegetable-stuffed pitas

1 whole wheat pita bread, halved

1/2 cup hummus

1/3 cup lightly packed shredded lettuce or baby spinach

1/2 cup assorted raw vegetables such as halved cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots or sliced cucumbers or avocados

Spread half of the hummus inside each pita half then fill with lettuce and vegetables.

Serve or wrap for lunchtime.

— Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market


Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

4 cups of quick cooking oats

1/3 cup canola oil

2/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped organic nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread oats on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring a couple of times.

Allow oats to cool to room temperature.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cooled oats.

Spread mixture into a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish that has been sprayed or oiled, pressing down hard to compact it.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars.

— Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market


Lemon Treats

1 cup chopped pitted dates

1 cup raw walnuts

1 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest

1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes

Place dates, walnuts, sesame seeds, lemon juice and zest in a food processor.

Pulse and blend until completely mixed. The mixture will be slightly sticky.

With dampened hands, roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls.

Roll in coconut and chill until ready to serve.

— Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market

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