By Anna Lee Beyer

Kids have been grazing their way through summer, and maybe “lunch” was a series of snacks spread out across the afternoon. But now that it’s time for school, we have to make lunch more defined—pack it into little sectioned containers and stow it in an insulated bag covered with unicorns.

As my oldest starts kindergarten, I’m a little intimidated by the pressure to curate lunches that are appealing and good fuel for learning brains and bodies. A recent Food Network survey of nearly 1,700 parents found that more than half of them also struggle to figure out what to put in kids’ lunch boxes.

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