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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...

Minuses: Each bar contains 6 grams of sugar. However, this translates to 24% calories from sugar, which is better than many other chewy bars.

Nutrition informationper serving: 100 calories, 2 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugar. 

Quaker Granola Bites -- Peanut Butter

(Also comes in other flavors, such as cinnamon and chocolate.)

Serving size: 20-gram pouches.

Pluses: Whole-grain rolled oats is the first ingredient; each pouch contains 2 grams fiber.

Minuses: Sugar is the second ingredient listed on the label (although the product contains 27% calories from sugar), and hydrogenated palm kernel oil is the third (each pouch contains 2.5 grams saturated fat and 0 grams of trans fat.)

Nutrition informationper serving: 90 calories, 2 g protein, 14 g carbohydrate, 3.5 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugar. 

Fuelers Energy Cookies (Pacific Foods) -- All Natural Chocolate Chips

(Comes in other flavors such as Oatmeal Raisin and Peanut Butter.)

Serving size: 1.2-ounce packages.

Pluses: Whole-grain flour is the first ingredient; each serving contains 3 grams of fiber.

Minuses: Corn syrup is the second ingredient; each serving contains 12 grams of sugar (37% calories from sugar).

Nutrition informationper serving: 130 calories, 5 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 4.5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 12 g sugar. Each serving also contains 25% Daily Value for calcium, 10% for vitamin D, around 25% for the B-vitamins, 10% for vitamin E.

What to Pack for Lunch: Entrées

For those mornings when you refuse to spread and slice one more sandwich, there are a few new lunch entrée options on the supermarket shelf.

Foster Farms Chicken Strips

(The two flavors that were lowest in sodium are Grilled Chicken Breast Strips and Southwestern Seasoned Strips.)

Serving size: Each 6-ounce sealable package contains two 3-ounce servings.

Pluses: This is an easy way to add some chicken to the pita sandwich or chicken Caesar salad you're packing in the morning. It also offers something different from the usual "cold cut" lunch fare.

Minuses: Even though these are the two flavors lowest in sodium in this product line, they still contribute 460-500 milligrams per serving. You might want to avoid pairing these with something high in sodium, such as salty crackers.

Nutrition information per serving: 100 to 110 calories, 19 to 22 grams protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 1.5 to 2 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 25 to 50 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 460 to 500 mg sodium. 

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