Mix & Match Lunch

Your children's lunch powers them through the afternoon, so it is important to give them a healthy combination of nutritious foods that they'll actually eat. Mix and match with these lunch boxes, main meals, sides, and desserts to ensure that your child is eating right.

Cool Carriers: These fun lunch bags and boxes are both stylish and functional.

Planetbox Rover lunch carrier

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Keep it Organized: If your kid can't stand it when his peas touch his pasta, then this segmented lunch box is the way to go. Plus, the compartments make planning a well-balanced, portion-controlled meal a breeze.

Brown Paper Lunch Bag

Eco-Friendly Find: It looks like a standard brown bag, but this special tote can be used again and again. It's insulated, tear-resistant, and leak proof.

Zebra Lunchbox

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Stylish Stripes: An adorable zebra is sure to add some zip to your child's midday meal. This fun lunch box comes with a buckle handle that attaches to any backpack, so your little one won't ever forget her lunch!

Packit Personal Cooler

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Practical Pick: All of the necessities are taken care of with the Packit Personal Cooler. It's BPA-free, made of durable polyester, and can keep items cool for up to 10 hours.

The Main Event: With options this good, you'll never have to worry about your little ones trading their lunches away.

Asian Chicken Wraps

Alexandra Grablewski

Wrap Star: Kids love the creamy peanut sauce in this easy-to-make roll-up.

Veggie cream cheese and cucumber sandwich

Paula Hible

Bread and Better: PB&J isn't the only combo kids adore. Try spreading low-fat cream cheese on whole-grain bread and topping with cucumber slices.

Cape Cod Turkey Pitas

Alexandra Grablewski

Pita Pleaser: Light ranch dressing adds loads of flavor to a simple salad made with smoked turkey. And what kid doesn't like ranch dressing?

Vanilla Almond Butter and Banana Sandwich

Paula Hible

Sweet Sammie: Elvis would approve of this tasty combination, and we're certain your kids will too!

Deli-Style Turkey and Provolone Sliders

Paula Hible

Spectacular Sliders: Want a surefire way to entice your kid? Whatever you make, make it mini. These tasty bites are a great place to start.

Side Story: Pack in some extra nutrients with a healthy snack they can't refuse.

Trail Mix

Hit the Trails: Make sure your kids are full with a fiber-packed serving of crunchy granola. You can even add some chocolate chips and sub this yummy mix for dessert.

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Spuds: Skip the bag of Cheetos and cook up some quick and easy sweet potato chips.

Carrot Rings

Greg Scheidemann

Carrot Rings: Kids will love to stack 'em up, then swallow them down.

Fruit & Cheese Kabobs

Paula Hible

Simple Skewers: If the natural sweetness isn't enough to persuade your kid to eat fruit, cutting it into fun shapes and sticking it on a skewer with crowd-pleasing cheese is sure to do the trick.

Krispy Kale Chips

Paula Hible

Veg Out: Sneak in a superfood. Bake kale into crunchy chips with olive oil and seasoning and watch the kids gobble them up.

Sweet Little Something: Round out your little one's lunch with a small treat.

Tate?s Bake Shop Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Cookies packaging

Timesaving Sweet: No time to bake? Try this parents-tested, kid-approved cookie by Tate's Bake Shop

Sparkling Stars

Desserts That Dance: Whip up a batch at the beginning of the week, store in the fridge, and throw a few stars in their lunch each day.

No-Bake Peach Crisp

Paula Hible

Life's a Peach: Pack all the components for this DIY dessert separately and let your little one assemble it himself.

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