The simplest and healthiest foods stay extra-yummy when they're tucked inside individual little compartments. That's the idea behind Bentology, the company that sells these cute plastic sets. We filled the containers with a protein, some fruit, a vegetable, and a small treat -- all in perfect-size portions for kids 5 to 8.All Dressed Up
* 1 cup bow-tie pasta salad with veggies
* 1 cup baby greens salad with 2 tablespoons low-fat dressing
* 3/4 cup watermelon
* 2 fig cookies
Fish-shaped tuna sandwich with lettuce on whole wheat bread
10 baby carrots with 2 tablespoons low-fat ranch dip
1/4 cup whole-grain Goldfish crackers
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Sliced hard-boiled egg and 2 mini whole-grain waffles
1 sliced kiwi fruit mixed with a few blackberries
Mini corn muffin
String cheese and a handful of whole wheat crackers
1 cup broccoli and cauliflower florets with 2 tablespoons light raspberry dressing
1/2 cup blueberries
Slice of banana bread
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2 mini whole wheat pita pockets with grilled-chicken strips and veggies
3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries
1/2 cup sugar snap peas
8 animal crackers
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Sesame sticks + chopped cereal-nut bars + dried pineapple
Mini pita chips + soy nuts + mini chocolate chips
Mini pretzels twists + cashews + dried cranberries
Low-fat granola + sunflower seeds + dried apricots
Dried papaya + whole-grain cereal + golden raisins
Almonds + M&M's + dried mango
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Puzzle-shaped pretzels come in large and individual-size bags ($17 for six 12-ounce bags).
These crunchy twists in child-friendly flavors like white cheddar and ranch are made from brown rice and packed with whole grains ($3 for a 4-1/2-ounce bag).
Toss a mini bag of this granola -- along with a container of yogurt and a piece of fruit -- into your child's lunchbox. Kids will probably like the honey-almond variety the best ($4 for five 1-1/2-ounce bags).