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Back to School Lunch Ideas

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Tossing a sandwich into a kid’s lunchbox is easy. But what about those side dishes--chips, pretzels, cupcake, oh my? We get sick of the same old snacks and need a refresh. But we still want to pack a balanced lunch with a cool surprise once in a while. Give your kid’s lunch an upgrade with some of these unique, healthy, and nut-free school snacks.

Real fruit, rolled up

Real fruit, rolled up

You know what needs a face-lift? Some good old fruit-by-the-foot. Remember that nonsense? It was chock full of added sugar and sketchy preservatives. But it was so fun to unroll and whack your friends with. What’s a parent to do?! Thank goodness we have options. This natural fruit roll tastes great, is super cute, and only contains fruit--no added sugar or preservatives. Major yum.

Grass fed beef sticks

Grass fed beef sticks

We have been surprised that kids will actually eat meat sticks. Maybe it’s because only WWF wrestlers ate them when we were kids. But these are some seriously delicious protein snacks. They come in mild, medium, and hot; different flavors; and even a nice and mild turkey stick. We love that they don’t require refrigeration and are protein-packed.

Nut free cookies

Nut free cookies

It can be challenging if your school is nut-free. Those buggers are everywhere. These organic snack cookies are a perfect solution. (And honestly, even if you’re not in a nut-free snack situation, they are yummy for kids and grownups alike.) Best of all, they have a cookie texture instead of a granola bar type of chew.

Toaster pastry

Toaster pastry

Who among us didn’t rush to high school chowing down on a Pop-Tart straight out of the box? Let he cast the first stone! Toaster pastries are a great grab-and-go snack if you don’t mind a nice little sugar rush. You can try these unfrosted ones and feel virtuous and superior all day. Everyone needs a treat sometimes!

Nut free trail mix

Nut free trail mix

Trail mix is all about the nuts. So if you have an allergy or a nut-free school, what options do you have? We have tried this seed-and-dried-fruit version and found it super satisfying. The sunflower and pumpkin seeds provide the crunch and protein you want in a trail mix. It’s also gluten-free and dairy-free, so if you are someone with multiple food allergies to work around, you might love this one as much as we do.

Organic chips

Organic chips

Look, we’re not the chip police. If you want to toss some good ol’ classics in your kid’s lunch box, go for it! You can upgrade your old standby with the Simply line--it’s got less of the artificial nonsense and the same amount of crunch. To be honest, some of them even taste better than the naughty originals. A Simply Cheeto may not leave your fingers nuclear orange, but that’s better for everyone, isn’t it?