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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: 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. 

Bumble Bee Ready-to-Eat Fat Free Tuna Salad with Crackers

(This is an individual kit including tuna salad and a package of crackers.)

Pluses: It's a fun way to eat tuna and add some healthy fish omega-3s.

Minuses: It's probably too small of a tuna salad serving for older children. The sodium level is pretty high (580 mg) considering the kit only contains 150 calories.

Nutrition information per serving: 150 calories, 9 g protein, 23 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 580 mg sodium.

Bumble Bee Easy Peel Sensations -- Lemon & Pepper Tuna Medley

Serving size: 5-ounce (easy open) cans.

Pluses: It's an easy way to add 21 grams of protein and some fish omega-3s to lunch.

Minuses: Some kids might not like the grown-up flavors of lemon and pepper mixed with tuna. You might need to pack something to each with the tuna, like whole-wheat crackers or a wheat roll.

Nutrition information per serving: 130 calories, 21 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans, 30 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 410 mg sodium.

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