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Make Over Your Kid's Lunch

Packing a healthy lunch that your kids will get excited about, and, more important, eat, is a real challenge. In fact, when Meredith Corporation's Motherboard surveyed moms, 85% admitted to sometimes preparing not-so-healthy meals and 84% were looking for new options to add to their children's brown bag. So we've come up with tips and suggestions for turning an average lunch into one that will earn you high honors.

By Elizabeth M. Ward, R.D.

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Not-so-healthy lunch
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Lunch #1

GRADE: C+

—bologna (2 oz deli) and American cheese (1 oz) with mayo (1 tbsp) on white bread
—lemonade (8 oz)
—potato chips (1.5 oz)
—fruit roll-up (14 g)
—chocolate chip cookies (2 small)

Calories: 902
Fat: 47 g
Saturated Fat: 17 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 19 g

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