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, RD
—turkey (2 oz deli roasted)and low-fat cheddar cheese (1 oz) with fat-free mayo (2 tsp), lettuce, tomato, on whole wheat bread
—low-fat chocolate milk (8 oz)
—Pirate's Booty (1 oz)
—homemade trail mix: 2 tsp dark chocolate chips, like Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips, 1 tbsp chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup whole-grain cereal, such as Kashi Heart to Heart, 2 tbsp raisins
Fat: 13 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Fiber: 17 g
Protein: 35 g
Read on for an item-for-item nutritional breakdown.