Lunch box ideas

by SheKnows
Aug 28, 2012 at 3:44 p.m. ET
GoGo squeeZ is 100 percent fruit, squeezable applesauce in convenient, re-sealable pouches -- perfect for kids' lunch boxes, snack time or anytime. What's great is GoGo squeeZ is gluten-, dairy- and nut-free too. GoGo squeeZ requires no spoon, so it's mess-free.

1 /7: Skewered fruit

1/7 :Skewered fruit

Instead of a simple apple or banana, add some fun fruit to your child's lunch box in the form of melon cut in stars and other fun shapes. Just use cookie cutters to cut watermelon, cantaloupe and other melons. Feeling even more creative? Skewer fruit, berries and cheese on sticks.

2 /7: Popchips

2/7 :Popchips

If they have to have chips, make them healthy chips. Popchips are made without the grease, artificial colors and flavors, preservatives and all that other stuff you want to keep away from your kids. Plus, they are yummy!

3 /7: Popcorn

3/7 :Popcorn

If your kids crave something crunchy, ditch the chips and add popcorn to their lunch bag instead. Skip the butter and heavy salt. Pop a batch of microwave popcorn in the morning and zip it in an airtight bag for their lunch. Also try organic popcorn rice cakes.

4 /7: Funky Monkey Snacks

4/7 :Funky Monkey Snacks

These all-natural, convenient, freeze-dried snacks are perfect to pop in any lunch box. Funky Monkey Snacks are gluten-, wheat-, dairy- and peanut-free. Plus, they contain no added sugars, colors, flavors or preservatives. They vegan and Kosher too.

5 /7: Hummus

5/7 : Hummus

You don't have to tell your kids that hummus is healthy. They'll think it's just another yummy dip. Serve hummus with pita chips, carrot sticks or cucumber slices. Hummus is also a calming food that is great for hyperactive kids.

6 /7: Yogurt Bars

6/7 :Yogurt Bars

Instead of candy bars in your kid's lunch box, add a healthy nutritious bar like Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars. These bars offer 5g of fiber, 7g of protein and tons of healthy probiotics. They come in six delicious flavors -- from toasted coconut to orchard peach.

7 /7: Chex Cereal

7/7 :Chex Cereal

Kids love munching on cereal -- even at lunchtime. If you are looking for a cereal that's yummy, gluten-free and chock-full of whole grains, check out the new gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Chex. Eat it alone or use it to make Chex mix.