Healthy ideas for back-to-school lunches

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 4:13 PM

PHOENIX --  The kids head back to school in just a few weeks, and it's time for moms and dads to start thinking about what to pack in the lunchbox each day!

Heather Gill and R.J. Johnson from Modern Day Forager joined Yetta Gibson on Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona with some ideas for healthier lunchbox and snack choices.

"What we like to do is involve the kids in what their choices are," Gill says. For example, grab a bunch of items like pretzels, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips and cereal, and let the children assemble their own baggies of trail mix.

A bento box also lets kids build their own lunches. And using a cookie cutter for sandwiches and fruit lets the youngsters make choices of their own in that area. Make sure to include a "rainbow" of colored fruits and veggies.

Bringing your child shopping with you can also encourage them to make better choices, and will ensure that they'll actually eat what you pack in their lunches. "If you bring the kids along, they'll pick what they like," Johnson tells us.

You can find cheap, reusable lunch containers at the dollar store or in those dollar bins at Target.  Don't forget the mini-ice packs to keep lunches cool. You can even find some great ice packs in the camping section.

For more ideas and inspiration, visit http://moderndayforager.com/

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