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Wondering What to Pack for School Lunches?

Here are 15 healthier brown-bag lunch options now available in your supermarket.

What to Pack for Lunch: Sweet Foods continued...

Serving size: 3.9-ounce individual cups.

Pluses: No sugar is added to this fruit sauce. The first few ingredients in the Blueberry Delight flavor are apples, apple puree concentrate, and blueberry puree. Each cup contains 25% of the daily value for vitamin C, too.

Minuses: They only come in two fun flavors.

Nutrition informationper serving: 50 calories, 0 g protein, 13 g carbohydrate, 11 g sugar (from apples and fruit puree), 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 g fiber, 0 mg sodium.

Del Monte Individual Fruit Cups/Cans (in 100% Juice)

(Options include mixed fruit, diced peaches, and pineapple tidbits.)

Serving size: 4-ounce individual snack-size cups/cans.

Pluses: It's another way to work some fruit into your child's lunch.

Minuses: Dietary fiber is less than 1 gram per serving. It might not be as much fun to eat, but your child would do better to eat a larger serving of fruit without the juice.

Nutrition informationper serving: 50 calories, 0 g protein, 13 g carbohydrate, 12 g sugar (from fruit and juice), 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, less than 1 gram fiber, 10 mg sodium. 

Quaker 25% Less Sugar Granola Bars

(The two best flavor choices, in my opinion, are Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.)

Serving size: Individually wrapped bars (24 grams each).

Pluses: Both of these flavors contribute 3 grams of fiber and 10% of the Daily Value for calcium per bar. They have a very kid-friendly flavor and texture.

Minuses: These bars definitely have less sugar than other chewy granola bars, but they still have 20% calories from sugar.

Nutrition information per serving: Chocolate chip flavor =100calories, 1 g protein, 17 g  carbohydrate, 5 g sugar, 3.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 3 g fiber, 75 mg sodium.

Kashi Tasty Little Chewies

(Comes in two flavors, Trail Mix and Honey Almond Flax.)

Serving size: Individually wrapped bars (35 grams each).

Pluses: Both bars add 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein to lunch. Each has fewer calories from sugar than many other granola bars. They range from 14% to 17% calories from sugar, depending on the flavor.

Minuses: These bars might look or taste too "different" to appeal to some kids.

Nutrition informationper serving: 140 calories, 6 to 7 g protein, 19 to 20 g carbohydrate, 5 to 6 g sugar, 5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 15 to 115 mg sodium.

Nabisco Nutter Butter Chewy Granola Bars 100-Calorie Packs

(Also comes in other flavors, such as Chips Ahoy!)

Serving size: Individually packaged bars.

Pluses: This 100-calorie bar delivers 2 grams of fiber, which is 2 grams more than many chewy bars offer.

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