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TIP Try adding pizzazz and nutrition to your kids' lunch box

VARIETY AND COLOURMake packed lunches inviting for kids
VARIETY AND COLOURMake packed lunches inviting for kids

If your kids are easily bored with the lunches you pack for school, try adding a little pizzazz (and nutrition) to the boring brown bag.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to make packed lunches more exciting for your kids:

* Have a meeting when you plan out the week's lunches together.

* Include special treats to celebrate special days; for example, pack red foods for World Heart Day or Valentine's Day.

* Pack new foods that your kids seem interested in.

* Pack extras to share with friends, which could encourage a picky eater.

* Buy some fun storage gear that will keep foods insulated.

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