Your kids won't be tempted to trade snacks with their friends when their lunch boxes come packed with goodies as tasty as these. Meanwhile, you can feel good knowing they're eating wholesome brain food instead of vending machine fare.
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Bet your kids can't eat just one of these chips! That's OK, though, because sweet potatoes are filled with fiber and antioxidants. To make a batch, cut potatoes into thin slices (a snap when you use a mandoline), gently rub with oil, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, and bake until crisp.
If you suspect that Red Delicious you always pack gets handed off to the teacher -- or tossed in the trash -- try a new approach to fulfill the old apple-a-day adage. These sweet squares taste like apple cobbler in a bar.
Sweet & Salty Crunchy Munch
Your family won't know what they did to deserve their good fortune with this kid-favorite treat, a sweet and salty hodgepodge of snack favorites. Think Chex cereal, popcorn, Goldfish crackers, and bagel chips, drizzled with a melted butter and maple syrup glaze.
Sugar-Free Coconut-Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Comfort food doesn't have to be junk food. These easy drop cookies are made with Splenda, shredded unsweetened coconut, pumpkin pie spice, and golden raisins for a sweet cookie that won't send your kids into sugar overdrive.
Use up extra Golden Delicious apples plucked from the orchard or the grocery store for this flavorful homemade applesauce. Just cook chopped apples with apple juice, a cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and ground cinnamon until soft, then mash into a chunky porridge.
Rainbow Chips & Dip
Turn lunch into a fiesta with these homemade tortilla chips dipped in sweet pineapple salsa. Making your own chips is easy -- just cut red pepper, spinach, or whole wheat tortillas into wedges or strips, lightly coat with cooking spray, then bake until crisp.
Strawberry PB Crepes
Inject a little French flair into your kids' lunch -- and no, we don't mean french fries from the cafeteria. They'll like these peanut butter-and-strawberry roll-ups cut into sushi-style slices. You might want to make extra for your lunch box, too!
Cranberry-Apricot Granola Bars
Made with low-fat granola, whole wheat flour, and dried fruit, these wholesome granola bars offer the energizing benefits of a hiker's snack without excess fat. Make a batch or two and freeze extras for up to three months.