10 Foods to Kickstart Your School Year

There's nothing like a nutritious lunch to get you fired up. iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Back to school: They're three words that provoke different emotions and responses. For some, the phrase means no more sleeping in or lazy days at the pool. For others it means an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

Others love the feeling of being challenged and learning new things, whether they admit it or not. Truth be told, school is a mixture of getting up earlier, working harder, socializing and increasing knowledge.

With all those things in mind, students need foods that are quick and convenient for when they're rushing out the door. They need fuel that will provide sustained energy for their minds and bodies. They want items that taste good and are somewhat cool -- or at least don't get them ridiculed at the lunch table. "Bobby's mom packed him a kale sandwich again!" Yes, even food can be fashionable and trendy.

Here, then, are some options that fall into all of the above categories and have the ability to power a great year.