Skip to content

Food & Recipes

Font Size

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

Motts Healthy Harvest -- No Sugar Added

(Comes in Blueberry Delight and Country Berry flavors.)

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 information per 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 information per 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.

Today on WebMD

Four spoons with mustards
What condiments are made of and how much to use.
salmon and spinach
How to get what you need.
grilled veggies
Easy ideas for dinner tonight.
Greek Salad
Health benefits, what you can eat and more.

WebMD Recipe Finder

Browse our collection of healthy, delicious recipes, from WebMD and Eating Well magazine.

roasted chicken
grilled steak

Loaded with tips to help you avoid food allergy triggers.

Loading ...

Sending your email...

This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.


Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

vegetarian sandwich
vegan soup
Foods To Boost Mens Heath Slideshow