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Ten ideas for healthy brown bag lunches

Here are 10 ideas for healthy brown bag lunches from Cherylanne Skolnicki with Nourish

1) Whole wheat noodles sprayed with olive oil and dusted with parmesan cheese, edamame in the pods (fun!), sliced apples with cinnamon

2) Whole wheat tortilla with melted cheese rolled up and cut, side of salsa for dipping, jicama sticks, banana

3) Vanilla yogurt with sides of granola, nuts (if allowed), berries, carrot sticks
 
4) Whole wheat crackers with turkey and cheese, mango slices, salad greens with sliced veggies
 
5) Whole wheat bagel with cream cheese, mixture of nuts and dried fruit, cucumber slices with cherry tomatoes
 
6) Chicken noodle soup (e.g. Healthy Choice) in a thermos, sugar snap peas, strawberries, greek yogurt
 
7) Rice, sushi (yes some kids will eat it and love it!), non-fried spring roll/summer roll, grapes
 
8) Fresh fruit salad (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, grapes, strawberries, pineapple), Cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, graham crackers
 
9) Quinoa or brown rice pasta with cooked veggies and shredded cheese, a tangerine "cutie", fresh blueberries and raspberries
 
10) Leftovers! If you've served a healthy dinner, let it do double duty. Heat up a portion of leftovers and put it in a thermos/hot food container. Add a side of fruit and lunch is served.

As for beverages, it's best to send a small stainless steel water bottle daily - for variety you can add a splash of juice or use sparkling water. Horizon makes shelf-stable organic milk in single serve containers that pack well and an Honest Tea juice bag makes a good treat!
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