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Alison Anton's Natural Cooking Blog offers healthy recipes, inspirational food articles and culinary advice for the natural chef, and features dessert recipes from her upcoming cookbook, Desserts for Every Body.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kid's Health - Tortillas, Wraps and Burritos

You can stuff anything into a tortilla. Of course they make burritos, but you don't have to limit yourself to traditional Mexican ingredients. Chicken or tuna salad stuffed into neat little packages, for example, makes a healthy, high protein lunch when the kids get sick of the usual same old sandwich. You can even spread tortillas with nut butter and jelly.

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If made with whole grains, tortillas give kids some added protein, fiber and B-vitamins to get them through their day of thinking hard and playing hard. If you can, try to get the brands that offer sprouted grains. Sprouted grains are easier to digest and the nutrients absorb better into the cells.

Sprouted grain tortillas are generally a little stiffer than regular varieties, so it's recommended to heat them first before wrapping. Even regular tortillas taste better toasted. Just place them over the burner (gas or electric) and toast for several seconds on each side. Line your favorite ingredients on top of the warm tortilla, then wrap and go.

Recipes:
Chicken Quesadillas
This easy Mexican favorite is a hot item for lunch boxes or after school snacks...
Burritos Gone Bananas
Bananas, nut butter and agave nectar rolled up in a neat little package...
Heirloom Tomato, Cream Cheese and Spinach Wraps
School's in! These light and fun wraps have vitamins-a-plenty to ward of the flu that comes with the start of the school year...


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