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EatingWell's nutrition staff knows how important healthy snacks and lunches are for a kid's overall energy and health. Here are some quick and fun ideas that make the grade!
Fruity Kebabs: Spear chunks of pineapple, cucumber, orange and/or grapes on toothpicks; include a small cup of sugar-free yogurt for dipping.
Happy Trails Mix: Combine equal parts popcorn and whole-grain unsweetened cereal; add a small handful of orange-flavored dried cranberries.
Chips & Dip: Pack up a small bag of baked tortilla chips; include a separate container of salsa you've spiked with shredded Cheddar cheese for dipping.
Do-It-Yourself Mini Stackers: Provide whole-grain crackers, 1-inch squares of sliced roast turkey breast and cucumber rounds in separate containers. Let your child stack her own "sandwiches."
Mini Rice-Cake Sandwiches: Spread peanut butter between mini rice cakes.
Taco Bites: Provide separate containers of mini-taco shells (preferably trans-fat-free), low-fat bean dip, shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese and salsa.
Ham "Sushi": Spread turkey ham lunchmeat with a thin layer of reduced-fat cream cheese. Sprinkle with shredded carrot and roll into a cylinder; slice crosswise into "sushi."
Petite Pitas: Fill mini whole-wheat pitas with hummus, shredded lettuce and chopped tomato. Drizzle with Italian dressing; wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
Reprinted with permission from EatingWell Magazine.