Winning the battle of the lunch boxes is no easy task. Not only are you, as a parent, competing with the parents of your child's classmates for the most appealing and appetizing snacks, you're competing under a dramatically different set of rules.
Some of those other moms and dads aren't concerned with (or they're not informed about) nutrition and the, literally, growing obesity epidemic. When you consider that food companies in the United States spend more than $1.5 billion on marketing aimed at kids under the age of 12, it's no wonder your task seems daunting [source: Harris and Graff]. The fact that the foods they're marketing are overwhelmingly low in nutritional value and high in calories could make you want to throw in the proverbial towel [source: Harris and Graff]. But your kids are just too important.
No, you don't have the marketing budget or the trendy gimmicks, but you've got some distinct advantages. You live with those children every day, so you can teach them the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the downfalls of regularly eating junk. Plus, you can send them out with a variety of foods that they know from experience are tasty, filling and maybe even fun.
These foods won't make the other kids at the lunch table gag, scream or pinch their noses closed. Instead, the snacks on the following pages will turn heads in a way that makes classmates say, "I wish my mom would've packed that in my lunch."