18 Unique Items to Include in Your Child’s Lunchbox

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Yes, you can pack peanut butter and jelly in your child’s lunchbox everyday.

Toss in some apple slices and maybe some string cheese and your son or daughter will probably be pretty happy.

But why not mix it up? Why not try to be a bit more unique and have some fun with this school-based chore?

With that in mind, we present a handful of lunch recipes that will turn your child’s cafeteria experience into a gourmet meal…

  1. Energy Balls Recipe
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    • I am constantly looking for snacks for my kids to bring to school. And for after school. And for non-school days. Basically, I constantly need snacks for my kids. Kids are hungry a lot I’ve discovered. Something to do with growing I presume? Possibly?! At any rate, I make a lot of snack food around here to …
  2. Apple Oatmeal Squares Recipe
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    • I’ve never particularly cared for oatmeal. Something about the texture. I love the smell, I love that it’s so good for you, I love that it’s a filling meal that can get you through the whole morning. But I can’t get past the texture. My kids, however, love oatmeal in any form. It’s one of …
  3. Homemade Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars Recipe
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    • I love making granola bars. Wait, no, scratch that. I love eating granola bars. And so does the rest of my family. Therefore, I now also love to make them. I started to make my own granola bars after the first time I actually looked at the ingredient list on a box at the store. So many things …
  4. Banana Bread Bear Paws Recipe
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    • I have a healthy cookie for you today! Basically it’s banana bread in the form of a super soft, almost cake-like cookie. And shaped like a bear paw. ‘Cus why not. And because my kids incessantly ask for those things every. single. time. we see them at the store. And I get sick of saying no. So I made them some …
  5. Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix Recipe
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    • You know those snack mixes you can get, nuts and bolts or whatever they’re called? I don’t buy those often, but when I do they always disappear so quickly. I swear they must put something in those things that makes it impossible to stop eating them. I like snacking though, so having snacks on hand is a …
  6. Aussie Bites Recipe
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    • These are a funny little food. If I didn’t have my trusty Sam’s Club membership, I don’t know that I ever would’ve heard of Aussie Bites, but I am very thankful for the piece of plastic that gains me entrance into bulk food land. After discovering the awesomeness of these nuggets at the club, I …
  7. No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe
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    • When it comes to snacks, especially for my kids lunches, I tend to focus on the healthy stuff. Snack food that I can send to school with them knowing that it will fill them up, and keep them going – so they don’t come home completely starving at the end of the day. Those things that will also …
  8. No Bake Granola Bars Recipe
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    • My girls love granola bars and we go through them like crazy. I wanted to try my hand at a homemade version so I came up with these little treasures. I’m a coconut fiend, so naturally, they’re full of coconut flavor, but without going over the top. If you’re not a fan of coconut, you’ll probably argue …
  9. Salted Nutella Crunch Bars Recipe
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    • I’ll be the first to admit it: I am a candy bar addict. I LOVE candy bars and do everything in my power to keep them out of my house and out of my mind completely. I don’t even go down the candy aisle at the supermarket. Why? Because I would buy every single one …
  10. Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies Recipe
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    • I’ve always been a fan of oatmeal cookies. I think maybe it’s the cinnamon that reels me in… that warm spiciness that’s super addicting. Whatever it is, these gluten free oatmeal Raisinet cookies do not disappoint. I know many people are not always fans of oatmeal cookies because they often come with raisins. I’ve always …
  11. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
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    • These oatmeal peanut butter bars. Oh my, yum. Seriously, so good. Plus – they’re secretly quite healthy. Which means you can eat lots, right? No? Yeah, okay, there’s still peanut butter, and quite a bit of it, in them. And I suppose you shouldn’t really consume truckloads of that stuff. It’s healthier than a lot of things though, …
  12. Plantain Chips Recipe
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    • I can honestly say that I have never bought a plantain before making these plantain chips. Now I can also say that I will definitely be buying them again. We are always on the lookout for new and different snack foods around here. I have three children. They’re always hungry. Always. Sometimes I feel like …
  13. Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars Recipe
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    • I’m back with healthier snacks for the kids disguised as treats! Okay, I suppose that these don’t really look that treat-like, so I guess I’m not disguising them very well. In fact, my husband spied them on the counter and quickly walked over saying “ooooh, what did you make?”When he got closer, his face fell …
  14. Homemade Lay’s Potato Chips Recipe
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    • These homemade potato chips–thin, crisp and salty–are just like store-bought potato chips. And they are made in the microwave. I know. I was pretty shocked, too. I ate about half of them before I even finished writing down the how-tos, because they are that good. But then, I’m a snack addict. Remember these homemade Doritos? My love of salty snacks …
  15. Easy Egg Salad with Jalapeños Recipe
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    • Each year I celebrate Easter twice. We celebrate our first Easter the same day as everyone else. We color eggs, have egg hunts, eat lots of ham and potatoes. Then about a month later we celebrate Greek Easter. Quick back story, both of my parents were born and raised in Greece and moved to the US along with my older …
  16. Banana Oatmeal Cake with Berries Recipe
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    • Banana oatmeal cake with berries for breakfast anyone? Yeah, the title of “cake” is maybe a little misleading. It’s probably not really a cake, but it looked like a cake. And I couldn’t really call it oatmeal bars when it’s cut in wedges. Could I? So I didn’t really know what else to call this. Plus, it’s always kind …
  17. Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Recipe
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    • Mmmm, pizza. I’ve been a bit obsessed with it lately. My family is probably getting sick of pizza rolls because I have literally made them at least 4 times in the last month. Nah, scratch that, you can’t get sick of pizza. Everyone loves it and they’re still pretty excited when they discover that some version …
  18. Berry Pop Tarts Recipe
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    • So who else adored pop tarts growing up? Figured they were definitely an acceptable breakfast on the way to school? I know I can’t be the only one. Weren’t those things one of the best snacks that you could get? Basically it’s berry pie that no one had a problem with you eating for breakfast. How did that even …

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