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Here are 15 healthier brown-bag lunch options now available in your supermarket.
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What to Pack for Lunch: Sweet Foods continued...

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

Nutrition information per 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.

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 information per 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 information per 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 information per 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.

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