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Found another helpful article about school lunches for veg kids:<br><a href="http://www.vegkitchen.com/front-page/school-lunch-recipes/" target="_blank">http://www.vegkitchen.com/front-page...lunch-recipes/</a><br><br>
I particularly liked the list of snack ideas:<br>
Natural fruit leathers<br>
Low-fat fruit and cereal bars<br>
Granola bars<br>
Good-quality, non-frosted toaster tarts<br>
Dried fruit, such as apple rings or apricots<br>
Trail mix (dried fruits with nuts and seeds)<br>
Rice cakes or mini-rice cakes<br>
Individual containers applesauce or fruit cup<br>
Naturally sweetened cereal<br>
Graham crackers<br>
Sesame breadsticks<br>
Fruit-sweetened cookies<br>
Bagel crisps<br>
Baby bananas<br>
Small seedless oranges
 

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thanks for sharing elainev! honestly tho i think people greatly overestimate the need for snacks. i watch so many parents let their kids refuse meals and then feel a need to give them snacks and then wonder why the kids wont eat meals. i rarely gave snacks to my kids when they were babies/toddlers and still rarely do so. i also dont like much of what is on that list.<br>
jmo but fruit leather is just like sugared bandaids on kids teeth, low fat fruit and cereal bars are usually loaded with sugar and have just as much fruit as fruit leather, granola bars are usually high fat and loaded with sugar, even "good quality" toaster tarts are refined flour and high sugar with little fruit, dried fruit=good, trail mix if only dried fruit nuts and seeds=good, rice cakes have very little nutritional value, a lot of applesauce and fruit cups are unnecessarily sweetened, naturally sweetened cereal can be ok but we dont need to focus on more sweet stuff with kids even if naturally so plus lets get them eating less boxed cereal, graham crackers are garbage, sesame breadsticks can be ok but usually white flour, fruit sweetened cookies--again, why focus on sweet and white flour, bagel crisps are white flour, bananas and oranges=good.<br><br>
i dunno all jmo i get soo discouraged by societies focus on constantly shoving foods down kids throats. i know i am not the only one that didnt have snacks growing up and in as much was hungry for meals and ate them. to each his/her own but i just dont get it. i also think people are continually misinformed about what is ACTUALLY healthy.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Fantastic article! My kids are past the school lunch age but I love those tips! Stuffing a salad of any kind into half a pita, and wrapping it up in foil for freshness. Dips for veggies, cutting things into bite sized or cute shapes. All great for kids! I love bentos too, everything tastes better when in a cute setting!
 

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Fun article, thanks for sharing! I have to pack school lunches every day for the three boys I nanny, and I'm always looking for ways to make their lunches more interesting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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