The Healthy and Delicious Lunch Box

Good nutrition is essential for your child to have a successful day at school. Packing a healthy lunch is one way to ensure that your child will have a nutritious mid-day meal, and even a healthy snack or two. The right lunch box and accessories will allow you to pack a variety of healthy foods that are still tasty enough to please even the pickiest eaters. These are my daughter Anika's favorite lunch box items..............Anika does not love healthy whole grain sandwich breads, so I try to use whole wheat mini bagels, pita breads, fresh baked loaf breads and tortilla to give her some variety!!

Favorite Lunch Box Entrees: Mini Whole Wheat Bagels with peanut, cashew or almond butter and banana Whole Wheat Pita Bread stuffed with hummus, cheese or deli meat. Cheese stick wrapped with ham Tortilla Wrap with cheese, chicken or turkey, avocado Leftover chicken pieces seasoned

Tortellini served with chicken sausage and tossed with pesto

Whole grain bread slices (from a crusty loaf bread) served with cheese and deli meat

Tomato Soup or other hot soup in a thermos

Favorite Lunch Box Snacks: Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries Edemame

Carrot Sticks or Snap Peas with hummus or ranch dressing Celery Sticks with peanut butter and raisins Pretzels or Popcorn Dried Apricot or other Dried Fruit Cheese and Crackers (s0metimes salami!) Mini Bagels with Cream Cheese

Handful of cashews, almonds or pistachios