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Wholesome lunch box snacks for the whole family

Liren is the founder and author of Kitchen Confidante that shares everything from simple family favorites to new creative culinary discoveries.

When it comes to creating healthy and wholesome snacks for my family, I feel as though I have a very good system in place for my children and my husband. I pack daily snacks for them, so that while they are in the office (or at school), they have a bevy of healthy options from which to snack throughout the workday.

From sliced vegetables and fruit, to individual servings of nuts, as well as crackers with cheese and rolled-up cold cuts, their lunch boxes are full of healthy choices to fuel their day.

On those days I have dropped by my husband's office, I have been pleased to see that his work space is surrounded by nutritious choices. You won't find any instant ramen or Red Bull. He keeps a selection of nuts and dried fruit on hand at all times, along with granola bars and lots of water. Green tea bags now replace coffee for his afternoon pick-me-up, and there's even oatmeal for his daily breakfast. Crackers or pretzels with a creamy wedge of cheese keep sweet cravings at bay. The fresh snacks I pack for him are easily transported in slim and sturdy containers, so even if he has to rush out of the office and fly out of town for a business meeting, he has no excuses to snack poorly. He just takes it along in his briefcase.

Having your own mini pantry in the office makes it easier to avoid the office kitchen, with its tempting convenience foods and occasional sweets, that's for sure. I have started to pack myself some snacks as well; that way I have a selection of snacks throughout the day, too.

Pre-sliced and bite sized, it's easy to snack well if it's all ready to go. When you work from home like I do, I find that making the same effort for myself goes a long way to make sure I snack mindfully.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Laughing Cow and SheKnows.

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