Lunch ideas inspired by Lunchables, but so much better

Aug 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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When I was a kid, the only thing I ever wanted to eat for lunch was Lunchables. They were portable, tasty, and all my friends had them too. Nowadays, parents want to pack lunches that are a bit more on the healthy side, but that doesn’t mean we can't still borrow from that Lunchables concept. Just remake them with healthy and wholesome ingredients.

Find a lunchbox that has compartments, and fill it with the good stuff to make your own homemade, more wholesome Lunchables.

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Turkey + cheese cracker stackers

Compartment 1: 2-inch-thick slices of cheddar cheese

Compartment 2: 2-inch-thick slices of turkey

Compartment 3: Whole-wheat crackers, like Triscuits

Compartment 4: Strawberries or grapes

Pizza + pepperoni

Compartment 1: Pita pockets

Compartment 2: Tomato sauce

Compartment 3: Shredded mozzarella

Compartment 4: Pepperoni slices

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Chips + salsa

Compartment 1: Tortilla chips

Compartment 2: Rotisserie chicken

Compartment 3: Salsa or guacamole or cherry tomatoes

Compartment 4: Pineapple chunks

Ham + cheese cracker stackers

Compartment 1: Swiss cheese slices

Compartment 2: Ham slice

Compartment 3: Whole-wheat crackers, like Triscuits

Compartment 4: Apple slices

Waffle + bacon

Compartment 1: Whole-grain waffle, cut into sticks

Compartment 2: 1 – 2 pieces of bacon

Compartment 3: Butter mixed with maple syrup, rolled into a ball and chilled before packing

Compartment 4: Orange slices

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Before you go, check out our slideshow below:

Nontoxic lunch containers so cool you'll want to steal them from your kids
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