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It’s back to school time, which, among other things, means throwing together lunches five days a week that your kids will actually eat. Ideally, these lunches not only have to taste good, but also provide real nutrition to help your kids learn and grow.

Much research has been conducted on nutrition and its relationship to brain function, cognition, learning, and social behaviors. What science has shown time and again is that nutrition has a direct impact on the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are important structural components that play a big role in sending messages from the body to the brain. Many dietary components, commonly found in school-age children’s lunch, have been shown to have negative effects on this system.

The following 7 lunch ideas transform classic school lunches into something much healthier for your kids. But don’t worry, they still look and taste great so your kids actually eat them and have energy and the ability to focus throughout the entire day.

And the best part is, some of these ideas call for you to make a large portion, which can then be doled out throughout the week. So you can spend a couple of hours on Sunday preparing food, which can be eaten throughout the week. Delicious, healthy, AND convenient.

Okay, let’s get started. Here are 7 easy and healthy lunch ideas for your kids.

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