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POSTED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 1:53pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 1:54pm

There are new ways to jazz up your child's lunchbox with healthy foods.

We're a month into the school year and you may have already run out of ideas on what to pack your child for lunch.

School days are in full swing and if you're a parent packing a meal for your kids, you know there are only so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches you can make. Children, especially those in school, need a variety of foods to keep them sharp. What kind are best?

Author of "Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook," Robyn Webb says, "Fruits, vegetables and sources of calcium."

Nutritionists say also include items that can spike up a humdrum lunch. Kids like creativity, even in their food.

Webb says,"One thing you can do, you can cut the vegetables into neat shapes. I've got a fabulous little tool that costs two dollars in any kitchen shop. A little crinkle cutter and it makes eating vegetables more enticing. "

Include these for mid day and late day snacks.

"Give them some dry fruits. Children love dry fruits. The mozzarella sticks, are perfect, they've always been great, toss those in."

Webb says also have your children avoid sugar and white flour.

"You don't want your child to rely on fast food or refined foods."

Because packing healthy ingredients will not only keep a student's body strong, but will help your little einstein work to his or hers fullest potential and that's an a plus combination.

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