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BABY SUSHI WITH SALMON & EDAMAME
Packed with DHA omega-3 fatty acid, protein, calcium and iron, sushi is the perfect power meal for kids. Even cooler? You can make it in fun shapes and sizes. It's also great on the go – you can easily pack it into lunch boxes or picnic baskets.
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SOFT UDON NOODLES WITH SARDINES & CHIVES
Udon rice noodles are a great alternative to other starches, especially since they have an interesting texture. Paired with sardines, pomegranate and chives, this dish is full of protein, antioxidants, vitamin B12 and other minerals.
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HAWAIIAN HALIBUT WITH MACADAMIA NUT & FLAXSEED CRUST
The macadamia nut crust gives this dish a great crunchy texture kids love. Combined with flaxseed, it has an extra boost of DHA omega-3 and fiber. It's also a great source of protein, calcium and potassium. You can also add spinach with chia and sesame seeds for a quick boost of folic acid.
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CHICKEN & EGG DOMBURI
This rice-bowl dish is very popular in Japan, especially with kids. They love the sweet gravy that is soaked up by the warm rice nestled beneath the chicken. You can also use different kinds of protein, such as fish, beef or tofu.
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MISO SOUP WITH CLAMS, KALE & YOUNG POTATOES
Big or small, who doesn't like a warm, flavorful soup. And miso soup is very versatile because it can be combined with a variety of ingredients so it tastes different every time. In this version, kale and potatoes provide DHA omega-3, vitamin B12, folic acid, fiber, calcium, potassium and other vitamins and minerals.
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GOAT CHEESE BALLS WITH RED PEPPERS, WALNUTS & CHIVES
Festive and fun, you can make these with your kids for every day or a special event. You can also substitute the toppings with other nuts, seeds or dried fruits, as well as fresh herbs, cereals or grains.
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CHOCOLATE SESAME CUPCAKES
Sesame seeds are a great source of DHA omega-3, vitamin B, protein, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, fiber and other minerals. They also give these cupcakes a dense, rich texture. Besides being a special treat (yum, chocolate!), they're also a great protein snack.
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When Shino welcomed son Magnus, she didn't know much about babies or baby food. But her new little boy was born with a severe liver disorder, so the former chef knew she had to get serious about his health, including the foods she prepared for him. The result of her extensive research and kitchen trial and error is Smart Bites for Baby, a recipe book of healthy, easy-to-make meals that was released in August.