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Jaya Nambiar, 9, from left, Kaya Booth, 9, both of Wilmette, and Helena Samson, 6, of Northbrook show healthy pizzas they made for themselves at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the "Healthy Fare for Kids" initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.

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Kids make healthy pizzas at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the "Healthy Fare for Kids" initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Kaya Booth, 9, of Wilmette, right, and Helena Samson, 6, of Northbrook make healthy pizzas for themselves at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the "Healthy Fare for Kids" initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.

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Kids make healthy pizzas at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the "Healthy Fare for Kids" initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.

George LeClaire

Helena Samson, 6, of Northbrook, at left then clockwise, Kaya Booth, 9, Jaya Nambiar, 9, both of Wilmette, and Olicia Samson, 3, of Northbrook make healthy pizzas for themselves at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the "Healthy Fare for Kids" initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.

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When Christine Palumbo served food to her kids, she conveniently forgot to mention that it was healthy. She simply told them how delicious it would be -- even before they got to taste it.
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    • Jaya Nambiar, 9, from left, Kaya Booth, 9, both of Wilmette, and Helena Samson, 6, of Northbrook show healthy pizzas they made for themselves at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the “Healthy Fare for Kids” initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.
    • Kids make healthy pizzas at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the “Healthy Fare for Kids” initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.
    • Kaya Booth, 9, of Wilmette, right, and Helena Samson, 6, of Northbrook make healthy pizzas for themselves at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the “Healthy Fare for Kids” initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.
    • Kids make healthy pizzas at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the “Healthy Fare for Kids” initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.
    • Helena Samson, 6, of Northbrook, at left then clockwise, Kaya Booth, 9, Jaya Nambiar, 9, both of Wilmette, and Olicia Samson, 3, of Northbrook make healthy pizzas for themselves at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the “Healthy Fare for Kids” initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.
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