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With back to school right around the corner, parents are starting to think about packing lunches for their kids. This can be a daunting task, especially if you want to pack healthy and nutritious lunches that your kids will actually eat.

Here are five great lunch ideas that are sure to please:

1. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

These are a classic school lunchbox staple for a reason. They’re easy to make, portable, and kid-friendly. Simply spread some cream cheese or hummus on a whole-wheat tortilla, top with turkey or chicken, cheese, and your favorite veggies, and roll up.

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2. Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. There are endless variations, so you can customize it to your child’s taste. Try a classic macaroni salad with celery, carrots, and peas, or a more exotic version with quinoa, roasted red peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes.

3. Hummus and Veggie Wraps

Hummus is a healthy and delicious way to add protein and fiber to your child’s lunch. Simply spread some hummus on a whole-wheat wrap, top with your favorite veggies, and roll up. For a fun twist, try using pita bread instead of a wrap, or cut the wrap into triangles for finger food.

4. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are a great source of protein and make a healthy and filling snack. They’re also easy to pack and transport, so they’re a great option for school lunches.

5. Yogurt Parfait

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Yogurt parfaits are a refreshing and nutritious lunch option. Simply layer yogurt, granola, fruit, and nuts in a glass jar or container. You can also add honey or maple syrup for sweetness.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. With a little creativity, you can pack healthy and delicious lunches that your kids will love.

Additional tips for packing healthy lunches:

  • Include a variety of foods from all food groups.
  • Pack foods that your child will actually eat.
  • Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks.
  • Label your child’s lunch so that it doesn’t get lost.
  • Pack a reusable water bottle.

With a little planning, you can pack healthy and delicious school lunches that your kids will love. So get creative and have fun!

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.