Lunchbox Snack Ideas

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Getting children to eat their lunches and snacks during a school day can be a challenge, especially when you want them to eat healthily. Snacks are an important part of your child's day for added energy, and there are plenty of easy recipes that will keep them happy and healthy.

Fruit Kebabs

Everything seems to taste better when served on a stick, from hot dogs to fruit. Purchase popsicle sticks at your local grocery store along with your child's favorite fruit. Cut watermelon, cantaloupe and apples into bite-size pieces. Slide on the fruit and add grapes, strawberries and blueberries between the pieces. Drizzle the fruit with orange juice to prevent browning. Then wrap the kebabs in aluminum foil.

Homemade Trail Mix

Make your own trail mix. Just combine raisins, dried fruit, nuts and Chex Mix. You can toss in other snacks that your children enjoy, such as bite-size cheese crackers and pretzels and even mini M&Ms. Making your own is cheaper and you can store it in convenient freezer bags. Place individual servings in snack bags or sandwich bags for a great daytime snack.

Raw Vegetables

Raw vegetables are a healthy snack that's not as popular as others, so cut them into to small pieces for bite-size nutrition. Choose bite-size pieces of carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower and grape tomatoes. Enclose a small container of ranch dressing for dipping. This is a great way to get your child to eat their vegetables and it is an inexpensive snack to include. Chop the veggies into thin slices for more fun.

Packaged Snacks

Purchase single-serving snacks, such as chips, cookies, goldfish crackers and fruit for you child's snack. Many cookies now come in single servings, like Oreo's and Chips Ahoy. Also toss in some packaged crackers, which can be found in the refrigerated section. These tasty kits come with cheese, and some come with drinks and candy.

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Melody Dawn has been writing since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times" and her writing focuses on topics about gardening, business and education. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists. Dawn holds a Master of Business and is working on a Master of Journalism from the University of Tennessee.

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