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MASTERING THE LUNCHBOX: Helpful tips on how to pack a healthy, affordable lunch for your child

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Parents, we have all been there, trying to find creative ways to fill that lunch box, while making sure the kids get those proper nutrients.

But that can be challenging on a budget.

It's easy to fall for the trap of thinking junk food is your only cheap and filling option, but the art of mastering the lunch box all goes back to a lesson you may remember from health class, following the food pyramid. 

Rodney Sills knows this all too well, being a father and co-manager at Walmart. He showed different tasty ways to keep your kids happy and healthy.

Let's say the budget is not an issue. For $4 you can get pre-made sandwiches, yogurt stick, combine the veggies and you have a food pyramid quality lunch for $7 bucks.

But let's say you've got to go cheaper, how does $5 sound? Add a 20 cent cheese stick and some snap peas, which you can get three servings out of for $2.24. You've got your fiber, you've got your protein.

But let's go even cheaper, is it possible to still stay healthy?

Sills mentioned cutting up vitamin rich avocados that could last a few servings, and at $1.50 that's great for the budget. And don't forget about your other fruits.

And don't ever be afraid to go back to the basics. You can't go wrong with the classic PB&J.

Sills says whichever options you choose, it comes down to having a variety and basing that off of the food pyramid.

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