* Nut butters (almond, peanut and sunflower are great choices)
* Cream Cheese
* Cheddar, mozzarella or your favorite cheese (sticks, bricks, shredded or slices)
* Pesto (goes great with pasta, rice, quinoa, as a sandwich spread or to make an Egg Pesto Melt)
* Pasta (a variety of shapes like ziti, macaroni, rotini or more)
* Bananas (to eat on their own, sliced and added with honey and nut butter on a sandwich or added to Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies)
* Baby carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumbers or any of your child’s favorite veggies
* Dehydrated, freeze dried or dried fruit
* Yogurt
* Bread (bagels, english muffins, tortillas or your favorite sandwich bread)

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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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  2. I have 2 daughters, 6 & 11, who want a lunchbox daily. They are in 6th grade & Kindergarten so I’m looking for fun heathy foods

  3. Wow, such great ideas – thank you!

    I’d stay away from baby carrots. Because they’re just shaved-down deformed carrots (nice that they’re utilizing those though), they are treated in an antimicrobial treatment that often contains chlorine. Sure, they’re rinsed in water afterwards but of course there must be residue. Scary, especially concerning our wee ones! Just slice them up the old fashioned way: less expensive and processed, and they’re getting the nutrients from the whole carrot.

  4. To clarify the comment re: baby carrots being treated in chlorine – baby carrots are cleaned in a solution containing 4 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine. This is about the same as most tap water and helps to sanitize the carrots and ensures food safety.

    If you want to completely avoid chlorine, even in such a miniscule amount, the best route is to buy “regular” carrots and not rinse them in tap water. Hope this helps shed more light on the issue, thanks!

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