Thinking Outside the (Lunch) Box

by Diane Lofshult on Jan 01, 2006

With the school year half over, many parents are running out of ideas about what to pop in the old lunch box. Here are some new products to consider that will up the fun factor for your kids while still ensuring they get healthy foods at school.

Bear Naked Granola. This while-grain granola boasts that it is free of transfats, and it gets its sweetness from natural ingredients (available in markets and online at

Horizon Organic Yogurt Tubes. Great for grab-and-go mornings, these nifty tubes are low in fat and contain active yogurt cultures, which assist in digestion (check for stores aw

Stretch Island Fruit Leather. An alternative to sugary treats, these stretchy "leathers" are portable and fun (

ZBars. From the makers of Clif Bars come these new bars, made of whole grains and soy protein; trans fat free; and chock-full of vitamins and minerals (

Source: September 2005 Health magazine.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at