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5 ways to make your school lunch yummy

Boring brown bags are sooo last year. Nutritionist and wellness coach Jackie Keller shared her secrets for making your midday meal amazing.

PB&J with a Twist
Start with a wheat wrap. Spread 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter on it. Cut up a banana and toss it on the wrap. Drizzle with honey (optional but tasty) and roll it up.

Better-for-Ya Chicken Salad
You don’t have to drown your wrap-a-roo in mayo or salad dressing. “Finely chopped carrots and shredded lettuce plus some cooked chicken is enough for a simple wrap,” she swears. The veggies create good texture and crunch without added fat.

Jackie’s Power Plate
Not into sammies? Jackie suggests pulling together a few healthy snacks to make a solid lunch. We’re sold on her power plate: It’s a whole wheat mini bagel, a hard-boiled egg and an ounce of peanut butter. Pop a piece of fruit in your lunch bag and call it a meal.

Teeny Tapas Trio
We love the idea of making mini sandwiches in the a.m. and then toting them along with you. Buy slider buns at the grocery store or use half slices of bread to create smaller sandwiches. Jackie suggests a trio of tuna, turkey and egg salad for a lunch that packs protein and carbs.

Not-So-Typical Veggie Wrap
"Try more interesting ingredients,” she tells us. One of her fave combos has garbanzo beans, sliced avocado and spinach. The mix gives you good fat, plenty of fiber and protein. Wrap it up in a wheat tortilla.

BY GL ON 8/6/2011 9:00:00 AM

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