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​Good Nutrition News for DECEMBER
     Here’s a sample of the nutrition knowledge your student is gaining this month, with The Daily Scoop - good nutrition news delivered daily!

  • The natural sugar in fruit is a type of carb-o-hydrate.  Carbohydrates give our bodies energy to jump higher, run faster and play our very best game!
  • The “cool bean of the month” is the garbanzo bean, packed with protein and iron. Garbanzo beans are also know as “chick peas” because one side of the bean  resembles a little chick’s beak. Chick peas are the main ingredient in Hummus, a delicious and creamy spread for veggies, crackers and sandwiches. Hummus came to America from the Middle East, a part of the world that is just above the continent of Africa.
  • Leafy greens are a winter harvest. Leafy greens are a super food, packed with more nutrients than most other foods. Trivia question: Do you know what old cartoon character got his super strength from spinach leaves?

       We hope these tips and special recipe will spark a healthy conversation about nutrition around your dinner table.  Remember, eating plant-food is good for you and the planet too!  Brought to you by  leanandgreenkids.org 


2 large/10 inch whole grain rich tortillas
1 cup, cooked chick-peas (garbonzo beans), rinsed & drained

1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 cup mixed vegetables, chopped (like celery, cucumber, carrots, red cabbage)

​2 cups romaine lettuce (or any salad greens) chopped thin

1/4 cup-ish, sunflower seeds

1/4 cup-ish, raisins 

Creamy Italian Dressing.

Combine 1 Tablespoons Vegenaise or cashew mayo,  with 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette

Preparation. Warm tortilla over medium-low heat until soft.  Meanwhile, toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Load into tortilla, roll it up and enjoy! Serves 2.

Wraps Rock, Salad Style!

Cool Chicks  Love  & Peas Wrap

Chicks and dudes agree this colorful chick-pea and veggie wrap is the coolest hand-held at the lunch table. 

Let's face it, it's not easy putting beans between two slices of bread.  Wraps and salads are the perfect, kid-friendly solution for creating healthy meals on the go - with beans for lean and green protein! 


Tips and tricks:

1. Let your kids create the wrap.  They'll take pride in their creation and are much more likely to eat it.

2. Use organic, whenever possible.  

3. Many of our wrap recipes call for Veganaise as an ingredient in the dressings.  We understand that even egg-free mayo is not a health food, but it can help get kids to eat more veggies.  Here's a delicious, nutrient-dense and totally plant-based alternative: easy, quick, and nutrient dense cashew mayo/cream.

4. Measurements are approximate.  We would have listed ingredient amounts as "a scoop of this," or a "handful of that," but  measurements are great for math.

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​​The nutrition tips below are on the flip side of the Daily Scoop December recipe card, for students to take home and share with family. Each Daily Scoop monthly issue comes with a beautiful poster too!