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Feeding the kids: A back-to-school smoothie

"Eat This, Not That! For Kids!," by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding (Rodale; $5 on kohls.com). Credit: Handout

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly meals for you that are healthy and appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a smoothie recipe to help get your kids' minds ready for back-to-school. I found the recipe in "Eat This, Not That! For Kids: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save Your Child From Obesity," by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding (Rodale; $5 on kohls.com as part of Kohl's Cares). The book features lists and interesting ways to get your family fit and healthy; for example, the 20 worst kids' meals and 10 foods you should feed your kid every day.

The Brain Booster
Try this one before a big test. Blueberries and raspberries are both loaded with antioxidants that help protect the brain from free-radical damage, which can improve cognitive processing. The berries here aren't just superfoods for your brain; they also offer an important cancer-fighting bonus.

Ingredients for 1 serving
-1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
-1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
-3/4 cup pineapple orange juice
-1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
-1 cup ice (about 6 cubes)

Directions
Toss the ingredients mentioned above in a blender. Blend for about a minute.

Reprinted from Eat This, Not That! For Kids! © 2008 by Rodale, Inc. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc. Available wherever books are sold

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