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21 Healthy Foods That Will Keep You Sharp During the School Day

This healthy food for school will keep you happy and focused all day long!

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Homemade Peanut Butter

This homemade peanut butter is fun to make with your kids. It’s great for PB&J sandwiches, smeared on celery or dipping with apples.
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Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Here’s a sweet twist on chips and salsa made with apples and cinnamon chips. Make enough to share with friends!

Check out the 100 meals kids love the most.

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Sandwich Tacos

Have fun with your sandwich at lunch by making sandwich tacos from Fork and Beans. It’s a sandwich that’s taco-shaped and stuffed with fresh vegetables. They’re fun to make and eat, plus they taste great and are good for you.

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Lime-Honey Fruit Salad

Pack one of these honey fruit cups with your lunch or as snack for the day. It’s a sweet pick-me-up that will give you the boost you need to ace your next quiz!
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Carrot Cookie Bites

Even though these cookies have carrots in them, they’re still a perfectly sweet treat to finish off lunch.
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Mini Zucchini Pizzas

This healthy take on pizza is the perfect finger food for lunch. You can enjoy some quality family time while making bite-size pizzas the night before and bring the leftovers to school!
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Caramel Apple and Brie Skewers

Who doesn’t love caramel-dipped apples at snack time? Pick out the best red and green apples at the orchard or grocery store, and make this yummy treat.
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Chicken Vegetable Rice Crunch Wrap

Involve the whole family with making this chicken veggie wrap from Hello Creative Family the night before for everyone’s lunch the next day. The crunch in this sandwich makes it extra fun to eat!

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Peach Smoothie

If you eat breakfast at school or want to have a smoothie at snack time, this healthy smoothie will help keep your energy up for the remainder of the school day.
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Yogurt Dill Dip

What better way to enjoy your veggies than by dipping them into this delicious yogurt dip? This tangy dip will leave you wanting more before you realize all your veggies are gone.

Pack your lunch in one of these amazing lunch boxes.

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Homemade Root Vegetable Chips

This unique take on the standard potato chip is packed with nutrition that will help you perform your best in school. The assorted colors of these vegetable chips from Scratch Mommy make them extra fun to snack on at lunch or snack time, too!

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Favorite Banana Chip Muffins

These muffins are the perfect breakfast food or sweet treat at snack time. Have fun mashing up the bananas for these muffins with your family.
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Homemade Guacamole

At snack time, instead of chips and salsa, try making fresh guacamole at home and bringing it for lunch or snack time to enjoy with tortilla chips. Just make sure to squeeze some lemon juice over it to help keep it from turning brown.
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Homemade Corn Muffins with Honey Butter

Here’s a great side for soup or a salad at lunch. These yummy corn muffins with honey butter will have you all set to go for the second half of the day.
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Green Mac and Cheese

If you’re allergic or sensitive to dairy or gluten, this green mac and cheese from Veggies Don’t Bite is for you! This satisfying lunch is extra good for you because of all the greens it has.

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Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce

You know applesauce is great in your lunch box or as a snack, but it’s even more delicious when you make it from scratch. Trying making homemade applesauce with your kids!
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Tex-Mex Popcorn

Who doesn’t love popcorn at snack time? This Tex-Mex popcorn has extra flavor for a special treat that will leave you satisfied after snacktime.
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Garbanzo-Stuffed Mini Peppers

These mini stuffed peppers are the perfect bite-sized lunch food that can be eaten cold. You won’t want to trade this lunch away!
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Makeover Deviled Eggs

If you like hard-boiled eggs, you’ll love deviled eggs. They’re a great lunch dish that’s packed with flavor and protein to keep you sharp for the rest of the day.
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Cheesy Snack Mix

Try making your own cheesy snack mix at home instead of having buying it. (This snack will be a hit with your kids’ friends, so make enough to share!)
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Spinach and Turkey Pinwheels

These turkey and spinach pinwheels are a fun take on the typical sandwich for lunch and are super yummy. You can even have your kids help make it in the kitchen the night before.

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Christina Manian, RDN
Christina Manian is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist based out of Boulder, Colorado. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, she has been involved with the nutrition departments of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital. She completed her nutrition education at the Mayo Clinic with a focus on medical nutrition therapy and most recently practiced clinical nutrition at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. While her background has largely been in the clinical setting, Christina embraces and is shifting her focus towards wellness nutrition as the backbone to optimum health.
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