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Power-Packed Lunchbox Ideas

Fit to satisfy various dietary restrictions, the Power Your Lunchbox program offers kid-friendly options and allergy-sensitive selections. The program, which is dedicated to helping families make healthier lunches during the school yearfeatures more than 80 registered dietitian-approved, family-tested meal ideas with produce as a focal point.

Consider skipping the typical sandwich, chips and apple. Instead, it only takes a few minutes to embark ona creative approach to lunch.Get the kids involved by having them use small cookie cutters to make fresh fruits and vegetables into fun shapes. Try complementingthe produce with wraps or soupto add extra excitement totypical lunchboxfare.

Regardless if your child is a picky eater or is on the more adventurous side, bento box lunches such as Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box and Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box can prove to be satisfying, power-packed meals. 

For more lunchbox inspiration, visit poweryourlunchbox.com.

Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box

Prep time: 20 minutes

Servings: 1

16 ounces rotini pasta

mini sweet peppers, sliced

3 mandarin oranges, peeled andsegmented

3 green onions, sliced

2 cups baby spinach, chopped

1/2 cup matchstick carrots

1/2 cup sesame ginger dressing

1/4 cup chow mein noodles

1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup steamed edamame

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water.

In large bowl, mix pasta, peppers, oranges, green onions, spinach, carrots and dressing. Toss to coat well. Top with chow mein noodles.

Place in lunchbox with kiwi and edamame.

Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

1 cup chopped romaine lettuce

1/4 cup cooked turkey meat, seasoned with taco seasoning

2 tablespoons shredded cheese

4 cherry tomatoes, quartered

2 tablespoons guacamole

1 ounce tortilla chips

Assemble taco salad with lettuce, taco meat, cheese and tomatoes.

Place in lunchbox with guacamole and chips.

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