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Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Here are some healthy lunch ideas that kids will love.

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Back to school means back to packing lunches, but this year, it doesn't have to be the same old, same old. Just a few small changes can reap big nutritional benefits. So, let's start with the all-American PB & J, white bread, grape jelly, and peanut butter a classic. Swap in jam made from whole fruit to cut down on sugar and add fiber. Try a less-processed nut butter of her choice made of almonds, cashews, or even decadent hazelnuts. And if allergies are a concern, use soy butter. Then, go for a hearty whole-grain bread with 5 to 6 grams of fiber. Now, that may be a tough sell at first. So start with 2 grams of fiber and work up as you get buy in. You know, you can actually feel the nutrient density. The heavier the loaf of bread, the higher the fiber. And here's another sandwich makeover. Change up the standard bologna and cheese. Substitute low-sodium turkey and high-quality cheese instead of the processed stuff. Swap out the mayo for mustard, or even try this, silken tofu. To drink, tap water, or have your child buy low-fat milk in the lunch line. Replace the chips with sliced apples and carrots, and you're good to go.