Pennsylvania – Is your kid’s packed lunch coming back home uneaten or, worse yet, being thrown away by them at school?

Food Network Chef Jeff Mauro is offering some tips for packing interesting, healthy, and easy lunches for you and your kids.

Mauro says kids are more likely to eat healthy foods if you can make them look appetizing or if you can inspire you child to actually make an easy meal by themselves.

And what afternoon snack are they grabbing once they come home from school? Mauro believes it’s important to get this right, so the kids have enough energy for sports and homework.

Listen to the full interview with Chef Jeff Mauro.

Most American’s dread prepping meals. Most say there isn’t enough time. One of Chef’s Mauro’s favorite hacks is “cook once, eat twice”. You can easily double or triple a recipe, then freeze or refrigerate the meals and use them throughout the week.

He says chicken strips are versatile. Make them for dinner and then change them up a little for lunch the next day. For example, you can put them into a wrap with some lettuce, tomatoes, and other veggies.

Mauro says meals can easily become more interesting if you change one element. He has a recipe for a mango dipping sauce that can also be used on a sandwich.

Pinwheels are another lunch idea that kids enjoy making because it’s fun!

Breakfast can also be made the night before. Then there is the afternoon snack. Mauro believes it’s important to get this right, so the kids have enough energy for sports and homework.

Mauro also says food can be kept fresh on the go and at school by using a frozen juice box as an ice pack that will double as a drink.

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