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With the upcoming school year quickly approaching, now’s the perfect time to start planning some great, creative lunches your little ones are sure to love! Bagged lunches don’t have to be boring, and coming up with creative and healthy lunch ideas could be tons of fun for your kids. What better way to get them into eating healthier than letting them help plan their own lunch? Better yet, get them excited for their awesome lunch by putting it in one of these amazing lunch boxes, sure to be the envy of all your kids’ lunch buddies! Here are some back-to-school lunch necessities we love and you need for your returning scholars.

Dabbawalla: Dabbawalla has amazing, modern, super cute lunch boxes that your kids are sure to love! What mom will love is that the containers are degradable, recyclable and toxic free! They’re made out of a foam textile that’s stain resistant, making it a perfect lunch box for younger kids! Each lunch box is individually sewn and is unique in its own way!

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Beatrix: Each lunch bag from Beatrix is playful, colorful and unique, so there is sure to be a perfect match for your little one(s). The lunch boxes are nylon based in material and are dishwasher safe, which every mom knows is a major plus! One of our favorite features is the nametag on the back of every bag, so you’ll never have to worry about a lost lunch box not finding it’s way home!

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Yubo: Yubo is definitely a unique brand of lunch boxes, and has tons of amazing features we simply love! It comes with an ice pack and tupperware containers perfectly sized for the lunch box. The box itself is durable, cute and creatively designed! Each is decorated, either with a cute picture or personalized design on the front for your kid(s) to enjoy! (photo credit)

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Bento Box: Bento Box is a credible brand with a variety of different products that will all be great accompaniments to your child’s new lunch box! There are various designs, types and colors. The best part? Bento Boxes don’t contain any lead, phthalates, BPA or PVC! They’re made out of recycled material and are super easy to clean and maintain. (photo credit)

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Zoo lunch boxes: These Zoo line lunch boxes from Skip, Hop are a super cute and fun lunch box. Each one is shaped and decorated to resemble an adorable animal, and the variety is so extensive they’re sure to have your kid’s favorite furry, scaly, or feathery creature! The bag itself is durable and has plenty of interior room. They’re also the perfect size – either for a kid’s lunch box or an on-the-go snack bag for the family! (photo here)

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Built NY: This brand carries so many different styles, colors, and sizes of lunch boxes that it’s hard to pick just one favorite! However, no matter what your favorite may be, they’re all an ideal size, durable, and creative, which makes them a perfect addition to this list! We love their features and designs, and we know you will too! (photo credit)

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Now that we gave you some amazing lunch box options, how about some creative and healthy lunch ideas to fill them? Here are some Skinny Mom favorites that your kids are sure to love!

Skinny Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Wrap from Skinny Mom: Kick plain old PB&J out the door and give this wrap a try! Super easy to prepare and extra yummy! Your kids will love the taste and you’ll love the nutritional value!

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Homemade Fruit Rollups from Skinny Mom: What kid doesn’t love a yummy fruit rollup? But what mom does love their nutritional label? We thought so. Try this compromise: homemade fruit rollups! Made with 100% fruit, you’ll know exactly what your little ones are eating!

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Strawberry Oatmeal Bites from Food Network: We LOVE this recipe from Food Network and your little ones will too! Yummy, cookie-like bites filled with nutrient-dense ingredients. It is so good they won’t even realize they’re eating mommy-approved healthy foods! Win-win! (photo credit here)

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Peanut Butter Pinwheels from Pottery Barn Kids: Put a little pizazz in your old-fashioned PB&J’s and try these droll-worthy Peanut Butter Pinwheels! Fun, yummy, and nutritious! Does it get any better?!

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