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Tired of packing the same old lunches for your kids? We are, too! We've been on the lookout for some interesting ideas for snacks to round out a healthy lunch box. Toss one of these goodies into your little one's midday meal and introduce them to something new!
1 Squeezable Fruit: These single serve packages are 100% fruit and provide a break from traditional lunch box fare, like apple slices. Homemade Harvey, in three flavors ($1.69 each). Available at Whole Foods Market.
2 Dried or dehydrated fruit: For another variation on the fruit theme, try dried or dehydrated fruit. Sometimes kids will try an exotic new food if it comes in a fun, dried form. Various kinds available at your local supermarket, or try Trader Joe's for some more unusual types.
3 Whole Wheat Pretzels: Lot of kids love pretzels as a snack, and they are healthier than chips. Kick up the nutrition with a whole wheat version. Trader Joe's Honey Whole Wheat Pretzels ($1.89 per bag).
4 Cereal and Granola Bars: There are lots of options for these bars on the market, many made with whole wheat, real fruit, and less sugar. Try Barbara's Fruit and Yogurt Bars (at Whole Foods; $3.59 for a box of 6) or Revolution Foods' Grammy Sammies (at Babies R Us; $3.29 for a pack of 5).
5 Seaweed snacks: For the more adventurous eater, try a super healthy seaweed snack! Sea's Gift comes in sweet or roasted versions. Available at Whole Foods ($0.79 per pack).