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Children are bombarded with advertisements for soda, candy, chips, and other junk food. And oftentimes, school lunches are filled with options like pizza and high-sugar juices.

Set a good example for children by giving them access to healthy, filling meals. Send your little one back to school with this healthy lunch option they’ll eat up!

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins B6, C, and D, and contain iron and potassium. Sneak this superfood into your kid’s meal by baking them into chips. This recipe is simple, delicious, healthy, and only takes 20 minutes.

Wash the sweet potatoes and cut them into thin slices. Add a little olive oil and salt before putting them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Flip halfway through baking so both sides get crispy. Watch them carefully because they can burn easily.

Healthy PB&J Sandwich

Regular peanut and jelly sandwiches are full of sugar due to the jelly. Instead of jelly, use cut fresh fruit like banana or strawberries. Instead of white bread, use whole wheat bread. Your children will love this variation — they’ll be eating healthy and not even know it!

Fruit and Nut Greek Yogurt Parfait

Pack a sweet treat with this yogurt parfait. In a small sealable cup or container, add 3/4 cup of vanilla low-sugar greek yogurt. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons honey and 3 tablespoons chopped pecans. Add this on top of the yogurt layer. Add another yogurt layer. Top it with your child’s favorite fruit, like blueberries, raspberries, or chopped strawberries.

When packing the lunch box, add an ice pack to keep the yogurt and berries fresh.

 

By Kelsey Sinclair