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Are your kids sick of eating the same old sandwiches for lunch? Here are some ideas for cool lunch ideas your kids will love:

Fruit And Waffle Brunch
When it comes to lunch, think outside the box and pack your child a brunch instead. Simply heat some frozen waffles and cut into strips. Have separate dishes of fruit and dips for the waffles for a snazzy brunch table. Just pack up the waffle slices and everything in small containers for a great brunch on the go!

Then, slice up your childís favorite fruit (may have to put some lemon juice on top to avoid browning). Need a fun dip idea? Peanut butter makes a great dip for many types of fruit and is packed with protein.

Mini Party Platter
Kids love to eat snacks, so why not create a healthy lunch that looks like a big snack? To assemble, cube turkey or ham from the deli, slice up some cheese and donít forget to add some mulit-grain crackers. Add in some baby carrots along with some celery and bell pepper slices and you have a great lunch!

Not Your Average Sandwich
Instead of using bread, make your childís sandwich with a bagel. All you need to is spread each side with cream cheese and top with your favorite lunch meat. Add some veggies for extra credit.

Wrapped In Style
Why settle for a standard sandwich when you can wrap it in style? Your choices are limitless, as any sandwich can be turned into a wrap. For starters, here’s a quick and easy BLT wrap:

Spread some cream cheese on a whole wheat flour tortilla. Top with some sliced tomatoes, mixed salad greens, cooked and crumbled bacon, and some low fat ranch salad dressing. Roll the tortilla up tightly. Need to take it along for a play date? Place some frozen juice boxes in a sealed plastic bag in your lunch box.

Here’s a fun idea for lunch – a Bento Box. Adding something simple like this in addition to your creative lunch foods will make lunchtime more fun AND healthy!

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