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I remember being delighted once summer started and I no longer had to pack the dreaded school lunch for my son. While other kids were having Lunchables, I tried to come up with something similar, but a little more healthy that wouldn't illicit the cry, "But Mom, all the other kids...."
These suggestions for school lunches take into account the age of the child—small kids need small, fun lunches, while older kids need more sustenance without a lot of frills. Some of the lunches here have suggestions on what else to add to the lunchbox; other all around good choices include whole grain crackers and pretzels, crisp vegetables, an occasional bag of chips, fruit, homemade trail mix and a cool drink.

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