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Kids love dessert, and the good news is that it doesn’t have to be bad for them. Some suggestions from Laurel Moll, a New York-based holistic health coach and blogger (

• Turn fruit into “candy.” Drizzle melted dark chocolate on apples, bananas, pears or other favorites, chill in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes, then slice and serve.

• Assemble fruit skewers. Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and let kids match up their favorite colors and spear them on a stick.

• Make nutritious milkshakes. Take almond or coconut milk, a banana, cocoa powder and ice cubes and blend them into chocolate banana milkshakes.

• Cook a pie alternative. Bake berries or slices of apples or peaches and top with a mixture of oats, nuts, cinnamon and pure maple syrup. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees; remove foil for the last 10 minutes to make the topping crisp.

» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.


The sewing magazine Threads shares its wisdom in “Threads Sewing Guide” (Taunton Press, 392 pages, hardcover, $34.95).

Intended for users of all sewing levels, the book covers supplies, fabrics, fitting techniques and pointers, from creating a seam to hand-stitching a couture garment.

It also contains sections about quick fixes and stain removal – useful information even for people who aren’t interested in making their own clothes.

» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.


Now that the weather has warmed up (for the moment), give your stove a break and put together a quick Tex-Mex Avocado Wrap with smoked turkey and salsa. For the recipe, see page C5.

» Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.


Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:

On CD (Tuesday)

Ronnie Dunn, “Ronnie Dunn”

Tedeschi Trucks Band, “Revelator”

Dawes, “Nothing is Wrong”

Original Broadway cast, “The Book of Mormon”

On DVD (Tuesday)

“True Grit”

“Just Go With It”

“The Company Men”

“Another Year”

In theaters (Friday)

“Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer” (comedy)

“Super 8” (sci-fi)


“The Voice”: Live competition begins on the new hit singing showdown. (Tuesday, 9 p.m., NBC)

“CMT Music Awards”: Kid Rock returns as host for the annual country music video awards. (Wednesday, 8 p.m., CMT)

“Army Wives”: The emotional rollercoaster continues in the Season 5 finale. (Sunday, 9 p.m., Lifetime)

On stage

Too Slim Unplugged: Tuesday, Bing Crosby Theater

“The Wizard of Oz”: Opens Thursday, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre

Steve Earle: Saturday, The Fox

Around town

Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Shows: Open for season Friday, I-90 exit 299

Spokane Valley Relay for Life: Friday-Saturday, East Valley High School

Parade of Paws walk: Saturday, Spokane Humane Society

Appaloosa Fest 2011: Saturday, Appaloosa Museum, Pullman

» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.