HOW TO RAISE A CONNECTED FAMILY
An interview with Dr. Laura Markham
3 Easy Breakfast Recipes For busy days
Back-to-School Shopping Guide Our top sustainable picks Don’t miss our anniversary scavenger hunt inside!
Conquer healthy living at all ages and stages of life with us.
Listen now! Where to Listen Raising Healthy Families is available to listen to on kiwimagonline.com, momsmeet.com, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and more.
Dr. Laura Markham
Dr. Joellen Russell
Quick and nutritious breakfast (p. 24)
FEATURES 15 RAISING
A CONNECTED FAMILY THROUGH PEACEFUL PARENTING
19 KIWI’S SUSTAINABLE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING GUIDE
24 BATCHED BREAKFAST IDEAS FOR BUSY MORNINGS
Gear up for the new year with eco-conscious finds.
Enjoy healthy meals for the morning rush.
Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting shares her best tips for cultivating a strong family.
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BY KAREN KELLY
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here did summer go? I blinked and the back-to-school season is upon us yet again. This year is special for my family as we send our almost 3-year-old son off to preschool for the first time. I can’t believe we are entering the world of parent-teacher conferences and school schedules. It’s exciting (and sad!) to see my first baby turn into a big boy before my eyes. For families all over the country, this school year presents uncertainties and we hope KIWI’s digital issues, website, and conferences will bring joy and much needed resources during these challenging times. We are especially excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, Raising Healthy Families with Moms Meet and KIWI. With expert interviews, we aim to give you the tools to enjoy the beauty and chaos of life with little ones in the healthiest way possible. In this issue, we’ll hear from our favorite peaceful parenting guru, Dr. Laura Markham, on how to raise a connected family (pg. 15). (Don’t miss her on season one of the podcast, too!) We also share our sustainable back-to-school shopping guide to help you make more mindful purchases for our planet and your family (pg. 19). Our recipe feature, Batched Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings will help you conquer the chaos of those early hours so that the kids can head off to school fueled and ready to take on the day (pg. 24).
SCAVENGER HUNT Follow each of the five clues as we take a trip down memory lane of the last 15 years of KIWI magazine! Be sure to write down the answers so you can enter to win our 15 year sweepstakes, a $100 Amazon gift card. See Official Rules. Question one: What month was KIWI’s first issue published in the year 2009? Hint, hint, it was in the fall! Head to “KIWI Now” (pg. 7) for the answer and the next question.
And don’t forget—it’s our birthday! To celebrate our 15year anniversary, we’ve created a fun scavenger hunt for our readers to take part in throughout this issue. Join us also for our anniversary party on Facebook Live, happening September 9, at 2 p.m. EST.
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Raising Healthy Families Podcast with Moms Meet and KIWI Conquer healthy living at all ages and stages of life with us. Raising Healthy Families will give you the tools to nurture and raise your kids naturally, parent with intention, and enjoy the beauty and chaos of life with little ones. Listen to our first three episodes here! WHERE TO LISTEN
WORD OF THE DAY
SITTERVISE The delicate art of keeping a watchful eye on your kids as they play independently but not actually partaking in said play. Who knows, you may even get to read a book or enjoy a hobby as you sittervise!
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Fight the Plastic Pollution Crisis with Plastic Oceans Less than 10% of the plastic produced in a 40-year span has been recycled, according to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report. The effects of plastic pollution are overtaking our waterways and threatening our health and the health of all species—the time to act is now. Plastic Oceans International is a nonprofit whose goal is to end plastic pollution. You can help join the cause by heading to plasticoceans.org to learn more. Watch Julie Anderson and Charles Rolsky of Plastic Oceans speak at this year’s Beyond the Lunchbox Digital Conference.
WHAT IF MY KIDS ARE BEHIND HEADING INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR?
Information from the fall of last year suggested that there were some kids that were behind. But, there were a lot of kids who kept the pace of academics that were needed and some who were actually thriving. So what we are likely to see going into this next year is a lot of variability where some kids, yes, are behind. But some aren’t and some are doing even better than you would typically expect them to be. – “Navigating the Back-to-School Transition” Daryaneh Badaly, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist, Beyond the Lunchbox Digital Conference 2021
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Recently launched by the Upcycled Food Association (UFA), this third-party-verified certification is the first of its kind to help consumers identify brands working towards an end to food waste. Upcycled products use surplus ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. Just announced this summer, the new label will hit store shelves soon. You can learn more at upcycledfood.org.
SCAVENGER HUNT (Head to the Editor’s Letter to get started!) Answer for question one: September Question two: What’s KIWI’s tagline? Hint, hint, you can find it at kiwimagonline.com! Head to “Raising a Connected Family Through Peaceful Parenting” (pg. 15) for the answer and the next question.
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WELCOME TO OUR NEW PODCAST!
Conquer healthy living at all ages and stages of life with us. We are so excited to have launched our first season of our brand-new podcast! During each six-week season, tune into weekly episodes covering parenting, sustainability, nutrition, health and wellness, and so much more. Raising Healthy Families will give you the tools to nurture and raise your kids naturally, parent with intention, and enjoy the beauty and chaos of life with little ones. With health and wellness top of mind, this podcast offers expert advice, non-judgmental support, and a balanced perspective so we can nail this parenting thing together. For season one, hear from Moms Meet and KIWI favorites including Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting, Dr. Joellen Russell of Science Moms, and Carolynne J. Harvey of Dream Baby Sleep. You can head to kiwimagonline.com to listen or listen on your favorite podcast platform. Tune in for season two November 2 through December 14, 2021.
Real Moms Discuss Screen Time and Social Media Does the mere mention of the phrase “screen time” elicit pangs of guilt or a little anxiety? You’re not alone! The world of screens and social media can get very hairy especially for parents trying to figure out the best parameters for their family. Hear our honest takes on the subject and what we do with our kids as we look at screen time for every stage from babies to teens. Listen to all available episodes here.
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KIWI’s Second Annual Beyond the Lunchbox Digital Conference: A Call for Action for the Planet Our much anticipated year two of Beyond the Lunchbox did not disappoint! In fact, it simply blew us away. With standout sessions, amazing sponsors, and crazy good giveaways, this year will be tough to beat. Each August, KIWI brings our audience a week of sessions covering sustainability, nutrition, wellness, and kid’s lunch, just in time for the back-to-school season. With topics ranging from picky eating solutions to the pervasive nature of microplastics, one theme kept coming to the forefront in many of the sessions.
How the Plastic Pollution Crisis Harms Us and What We Can Do to Help Julie Andersen and Charles Rolsky, Plastic Oceans
That theme, found during sk*p’s clean beauty session, Plastic Ocean’s talk on plastic pollution, and EarthEcho’s video on raising ocean advocates, shows we all must act for the environment. Whether it be through our purchasing power or getting out into the community to make positive change, our actions can better the planet. If you’re ready to be inspired, tune in to some of our favorite sessions from this year’s conference.
Raising a Healthy Eater: Tips and Tricks for Toddlers and Kids Janel Funk, Registered Dietitian and Lactation Specialist
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BACK-TOSCHOOL FUN FOR EVERYONE 5 books to inspire learning in your schoolage kids.
NorthSouth Books, Ages 3–8) Norman is a little nervous and shy on his first day at Dino Day Care, but he eventually finds his courage with the help of a new friend and some magic. Perfect for your little one who is starting preschool or kindergarten, this book encourages kids to celebrate their differences.
Ninja Life Hacks Emotions and Feelings by Mary Nhin (Starting at $53.99 for an 8-book set, Grow Grit Press, Ages 3–11) From Angry Ninja to Kind Ninja, this pint-sized, eight-book set helps children get in touch with their emotions, ninja-style, in order to learn valuable life skills. Don’t miss author Mary Nhin’s Ninja Life Hacks’ Growth Mindset, Leadership, and Mover and Shaker box sets.
I Don’t Want to Read This Book by Max Greenfield (Release date 11/09/21, starting at $14.99, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Ages 4–8) Actor Max Greenfield (New Girl) and New York Times bestselling illustrator Mike Lowery teamed up to produce laugh-out-loud fun in this book for reluctant readers (and their parents) who think they don’t want to read a book. Fans of The Book With No Pictures are sure to love this one.
There’s Math in My Origami! by Fumiaki Shingu (Starting at $11.69, The Experiment, Ages 7–10) Math meets 3D art in this book of fun, hands-on learning projects that encourage children to flex their math knowledge of fractions, shapes, and symmetry. Following simple step-by-step instructions, kids can use the included 80 sheets of paper to create 35 adorable origami figures. 13 kiwi Fall 20212021 Summer
Chairs on Strike by Jennifer Jones (Starting at $11.99, Random Source, Ages 4–10) A great read aloud for the first day of school, this humorous, rhyming book chronicles the feelings of classroom chairs who have had enough. Written from the chairs’ perspective, kids will learn empathy, kindness, respect, and how to take care of their property.
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SCAVENGER HUNT (Head to the Editor’s Letter to get started!) Answer for question two: Growing families the natural and organic way. Question three: What’s the name of our monthly recipe newsletter offering seasonal, family-friendly recipes and tips for healthy, sustainable food? Sign up for it and our other newsletters here. Head to “KIWI’s Sustainable BackTo-School Shopping Guide” (pg. 19) for the answer and 15the kiwi Fall 2021 next question.
RAISING A CONNECTED FAMILY THROUGH PEACEFUL PARENTING By Jenna Sims
Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting shares her best tips for cultivating a strong family connection in your home.
Peaceful parenting, according to Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting, involves taking responsibility for our own emotions when we interact with our children, in order to bring an influence of compassion, empathy, and love to each situation. Through this mindset, parents can foster emotional intelligence and connection with their children. Modeling behaviors of self-regulation and emotional awareness also contributes to children’s understanding of their own feelings so they can learn to voice their own feelings and needs.
Emotions and Connection Emotional awareness, self-regulation, and family connection go hand-in-hand. All are needed to build strong relationships between family members, whether that’s parent-to-child or sibling-to-sibling. Dr. Markham acknowledges that from birth to adulthood, connection is a basic human need. “The concept of a connected family ties in with peaceful parenting because connection depends on human warmth,” explains Dr. Markham, “and human warmth depends on dealing with all our own emotions. We all need connection. Children don’t feel safe unless they feel connected to the grown-ups in their life.” With that in mind, she explains, “peaceful parenting can be described as ‘takeresponsibility-to-deal-with-your-emotionsconstructively’ parenting. When we take responsibility for emotions ourselves, and also coach our kids through big emotions, that’s what peaceful parenting is. It facilitates connection.”
Getting Started with Peaceful Parenting Cultivating a connected family unit takes intentional effort—and a lot of it. One of your top priorities will be to establish a structured and comfortable environment for your children
The Peaceful Parenting Dictionary — Peaceful Parenting
Taking responsibility for regulating our own emotions, so you can stay as calm as possible with your children. Set limits with empathy. Connect before we correct.
— Connection Parenting
Prioritizing your relationship with your children because you know that’s the foundation of emotional well-being.
— Mindful Parenting
Bringing your conscious attention to your parenting experiences, in a nonjudgmental, accepting way.
so that they can feel loved and safe. Peaceful parenting starts with a commitment to be intentional through your words and actions. Dr. Markham offers these strategies and tips on how to raise a connected family:
Remember to “Stop, Drop, and Breathe”
As parents we often find ourselves in situations where frustration and disconnect is present, and we need tools to regulate our own emotions during these times. For example, let’s imagine you’re going through your regular morning routine to get your child to school on time, but she isn’t doing what you’ve asked. Meanwhile, you’re finishing up packing lunch and tempted to yell (or are already yelling) at her from across the room to hurry up. In these instances, Dr. Markham suggests using the “Stop, Drop, and Breathe” method:
Stop what you are doing, drop your agenda, and take a moment to breathe. Then, go to your child and calmly reiterate the tasks you’ve asked her to do (put on shoes, brush teeth, etc.). This establishes a connection with your child while still firmly letting them know what you’d like them to do.
Develop Routines and Structure
“Routines and structure help children feel safe,” says Dr. Markham. Through routines, children can know what to expect so that they don’t feel like they’re constantly being pushed and pulled to do things and what’s coming next doesn’t seem as scary. Routines can also help reduce power struggles and provide opportunities for connection. Dr. Markham notes that once parents have a routine or structure in place, they often begin to realize that they can blend in ways to connect with their children. While many families already utilize bedtime routines, it’s important to remember that you can create regular interactions throughout your day. Even small things, like hugging and telling your children you love them before they leave for school, can help establish powerful connections within your family. “When your children look back at their lives, it’s those repeated interactions that they’ll remember,” Dr. Markham says.
One tangible way to establish a shared identity and family culture is to create a Family Value Statement. This can be a physical or digital document that lists what your family values most, with each family member voicing their opinions. For example, your family may strongly value reading, gardening, or serving others—these are all passions you can share with your children. “Whatever your family values are, this gives children something tangible to feel good about,” says Dr. Markham. “It strengthens the family connection, but it also strengthens contribution, which is another basic human need. All children need to feel like they contribute to the world.”
Make Your Home a Safe Space
Children need a safe space, both emotionally and physically, in order to flourish. Family life can be busy, shuffling from work to school to children’s activities, so it’s essential that children have a comfortable place to come home to and recharge. Home should be a place where family members are able to slow down and relax. Essentially, home should also be your children’s sanctuary. Dr. Markham says this means that “all household members treat each other respectfully, and no violence, physical or verbal, is tolerated, including between children.” Sibling quarrels can be a difficult thing to tackle but a starting point is to teach your kids that respect is an expectation in your home.
Create a Shared Identity and Family Culture
Every family is unique, made up of individual people who together make one unit. Whether your family is blended, single-parent, two parents, or any other combination, a shared family identity and culture helps children feel like they belong. As a parent, explains Dr. Markham, “you want to transmit to your children that ‘we are grounded—that yes, life may be full of unpredictability, but we can handle whatever happens.’ This is what decreases anxiety.”
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To learn more about Peaceful Parenting, visit Dr. Markham’s website, ahaparenting.com and listen to our interview with her on our Raising Healthy Families podcast from Moms Meet and KIWI. LISTEN NOW
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Sustainable Back-to-School Shopping Guide
BY JENNA SIMS
Eco-conscious families can delight in the many options for sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and zero-waste back-to-school products on the market today. The simplest solution to making more eco-friendly choices on your back-toschool shopping list is to ditch the oneuse plastic and paper materials (like snack and lunch bags) in favor of reusable products from companies focused on sustainability.
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THE BACKPACK Made of recycled polyester canvas from plastic bottles and offered in a wide range of colors and designs, State’s Kane Kids ($95; statebags.com) backpack collection fits everything your child needs for school. It even comes with extra zippered and slip pockets for pens, a water bottle, and other accessories. When you choose State bags, you’re not only choosing a sustainable product, you’re also indirectly helping families in need. For each purchase, State donates fully-packed backpacks (supplies included) to children who need them. SCAVENGER HUNT (Head to the Editor’s Letter to get started!) Answer for question three: KIWI Cooks Question four: What’s the name of KIWI’s digital conference helping parents discover the big ideas and practical solutions behind sustainability, wellness, nutrition, and kid’s lunch? Hint, hint, you can learn more about it when you visit our website! Head to “Batched Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings” (pg. 24) for the answer and next question.
THE LUNCH BOX + ACCESSORIES PlanetBox’s Rover ($48.95; planetbox.com) is a stainless-steel lunch box designed to be dishwasher safe and non-toxic (no lead, PVC, phthalates, or BPA material). Its versatility makes lunch combinations endless, with four main compartments and a special spot for a treat. The Rover set comes with two additional leakproof containers to include a variety of “wet” food options. Kids can choose from a variety of magnet designs to showcase their unique style and interests. Easily transportable, reusable utensils are a must-have for your kid’s lunch box. To-Go Ware’s bamboo cutlery set ($11.25, patagoniaprovisions.com) includes a fork, spoon, knife, and chopsticks made of recycled plastic. Don’t forget the reusable snack bags from Green Sprouts ($9.99 for a 2-pack; greensproutsbaby.com).
THE WATER BOTTLE Choose from Hydro Flask Kids’ 12- or 20-ounce water bottles ($29.95–$44.95; hydroflask.com)—both of which come in four bright, kid-friendly colors: Paradise, Honeydew, Plumeria, and Ice. Liquids stay cold for up to 24 hours in these easy-to-clean straw cups with a durable perforated boot. Water bottle carrying cases come in pink and blue options. Hydro Flask also has a charitable program called Parks For All, which has supported more than 122 nonprofits and donated over $1.9 million to support green, outdoor spaces.
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THE SUPPLIES From pencils to paper to art supplies, eco-friendly products are the perfect back-to-school accompaniment to the other reusable products on this list: Perfect for toddlers and school-aged children, Honeysticks makes eco-friendly non-toxic crayons from beeswax ($15.95; amazon.com).
Mead now makes a line of their composition notebooks ($3.99; target.com), as well as regular notebooks, out of recycled paper.
Natural clear liquid glue by Onyx and Green ($4.99; earthhero.com) is made of plant-based ingredients free of harsh chemicals and toxins.
Sprout pencils (from $15.95; amazon.com) in graphite or colored pencil packs are made of sustainably harvested wood and a patented nontoxic seed capsule. The best part? When you’re done, you can plant the pencil and watch it grow.
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Batched Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings By Karen Kelly
The morning rush may be back but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the kids a healthy and delicious meal to fuel their busy days! These three make-ahead meals are the perfect solution when time is not on your side.
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Blueberry Almond Waffles Ingredients 2 cups superfine almond flour
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup coconut sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla)
2 teaspoon baking powder ½ cup all natural almond butter at room temperature
¼ cup water Cooking spray
Directions 1. Preheat waffle iron. 2. In a large bowl whisk the almond flour, coconut sugar, salt, and baking powder. 3. Make a well in the center and add the melted butter, eggs, almond extract, and water. Stir well. Batter will be thick. 4. Spray the waffle iron well with cooking spray. 5. Spread about ¼ to ¹⁄₃ cup of the batter in the waffle iron. Since it is thick it helps to use a spatula to spread it to the edges. Cook until light brown. 6. Serve with butter and syrup. If saving them for later, freeze them in plastic bags. Toast them when ready to eat.
Makes 8 Servings 411 calories, 22 g fat, 13 g protein, 3 g fiber, 20 g carbohydrates, 9 g sugar
Blackberry Oatmeal Cups Ingredients 2 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup honey or pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ cups almond milk
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsweetened cinnamon applesauce
1 cup fresh blackberries, cut in half
½ teaspoon almond extract
2 Tablespoons slivered toasted almonds for topping (optional)
3 cups old fashioned oats
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350◦F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin by spraying it well with cooking spray. 2. Whisk together the eggs, honey, almond milk, and applesauce. Add the dry ingredients through salt and stir well. Gently fold in the fresh blackberries with a spatula. Batter will be runny. 3. Use an ice cream scoop to put batter into muffin cups. Top with slivered almonds if desired. 4. Bake on the middle oven rack for about 25 minutes or until they are set. 5. Let cool and serve or place them in a container and refrigerate for up to five days.
Makes 12 Servings 222 calories, 15 g fat, 8 g protein, 5 g fiber, 40 g carbohydrates, 13 g sugar
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SCAVENGER HUNT (Head to the Editor’s Letter to get started!) Answer for question four: Beyond the Lunchbox Digital Conference Question five: This one’s open ended! Tell us how KIWI magazine has helped you to raise a healthy, happy family over these last 15 years. Enter your answers for this question along with questions 1–4 in this form to enter to win KIWI’s 15 Year Anniversary Sweepstakes of a $100 Amazon Gift Card. See Official Rules.
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Loaded Veggie Quiche Cups Ingredients 10 large eggs
2 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
¼ cup milk
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon oil
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ red pepper, diced
½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
½ medium red onion, diced
1 cup shredded cheddar
2 cups spinach, chopped
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350◦F. 2. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin by spraying it well with cooking spray. 3. Preheat a skillet to medium high and add oil. Add in chopped vegetables, basil, and spinach. Sauté for a few minutes until onions get translucent and spinach wilts. 4. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and seasonings. 5. Start assembling quiche cups. Add a tablespoon of vegetable mixture to bottom of cups. Top with a little shredded cheddar. Pour the egg mixture into the cups until it’s ¾ full. Do not fill to the top. 6. Bake for 22–25 minutes or until set. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to five days or the freezer for up to a month.
Makes 6 Servings 202 calories, 15 g fat, 15 g protein, 1 g fiber, 3 g carbohydrates, 2 g sugar
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By Jenna Sims
POMEGRANATES WHY WE LOVE THEM: As part of the berry family, the pomegranate is a popular superfood known for its sweet-tart taste and rich nutrient profile. The edible part of the fruit, the aril seeds, are found inside the fruit, and are red, juicy, and simply fun to eat. An average-size pomegranate yields about one cup of arils (about 600), providing seven grams of fiber, three grams of protein, and a good source of vitamins C and K, potassium, folate and thiamine, manganese, and powerful antioxidants.
HOW TO CHOOSE THEM: Pomegranates have a short season, generally from the end of September through January, with most harvested in California. When picking a pomegranate, make sure it feels heavy, which indicates that the seeds are full of juice. A dark ruby color on the outside skin may also indicate good quality, but the real test for ripeness is the smoothness and firmness of the pomegranate’s skin.
HOW TO STORE THEM: Pomegranates can be stored at room temperature for several days and the arils can be frozen in an airtight container for up to six months. Use a knife to cut the fruit in half around the middle, then remove the arils by hitting on the back of the fruit until the seeds fall out (it’s a good idea to do this over a small bowl filled halfway with water). Make sure to remove the flesh and then rinse and drain the seeds before serving.
DELICIOUS WAYS TO USE THEM: While pomegranate juice was made popular in the early 2000s by Wonderful, there are many other great ways to enjoy its juicy seeds. Toss the arils into a fruit mixture or green salad, or sprinkle them on top of oatmeal or yogurt for an added crunch. They can also be blended into countless smoothie recipes for a convenient, refreshing snack.
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Apple Bites with Pomegranate
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