5 Kid-Approved Lunchbox Hacks

These school lunch tricks are so easy that parents will love them as much as kids.

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Making a school lunch you love and that your kiddo will eat doesn't have to be a chore. These five simple lunchbox hacks will please even the pickiest eater. Plus, they're simple enough for parents to do in a flash before running out the door or after a long day.

Hack: Keep Apples From Browning

Here is a great way to pack an apple cut into slices, prevent browning and save a plastic bag! Cut an apple into slices, cutting around the core so that it's left as a block in the center. Rebuild the pieces back into an apple and secure with a rubber band. Tie a ribbon around the center and attach a gift tag with a personal note.

Fill a small compartment of a bento box with nut or seed butter and apply Glad Press'n Seal over the top to make it leakproof. When ready to eat, unwrap the apple and dip it in the nut butter.

Hack: 1-Ingredient Fruit Leather with a Note

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon 2 cups applesauce cups the prepared baking sheet and spread into a thin rectangle with a small offset spatula, leaving 1-inch of parchment paper exposed. Bake until firm to the touch, about 4 hours 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Use kitchen shears to cut the cooled fruit leather and the paper into 6 thin strips, about 1-inch thick. Write a note on the end of each parchment paper strip. Roll up and store in an airtight container.

Hack: Instant Rice and Beans Thermos

Preheat a 12-ounce wide-mouth thermos by filling it halfway with hot water and putting the lid on. Let sit for 5 minutes, then empty and dry the thermos. Add 1/2 cup instant rice, 1/2 cup drained and rinsed cooked beans (we used red beans), 1/4 bouillon cube (crumbled) and 2 tablespoons salsa to the thermos. Top with chopped rotisserie chicken, add 1/2 cup boiling water, seal and shake for 10 seconds. Pack with a butterfly bag of Fritos or tortilla chips and shredded lettuce, diced red onion and halved grape tomatoes.

Hack: Separate Food for Picky Eaters

Reusable silicone cupcake liners make it easy to pack snacks in your kid's lunchbox without anything touching. Keep pretzels in one and fruit in another for a fun snack spread that's made for picky eaters.

Hack: Veggie Pinwheels in a Thermos

Place a 12 ounce thermos in the refrigerator overnight. Spread 2 tablespoons cream cheese on an eight inch tortilla, making sure it gets to the edges. Layer thinly sliced cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, celery and avocado on the tortilla in horizontal strips, leaving an inch border of cream cheese at the top so it seals when you roll it up. Top with a few leaves of spinach. Gently press down on the vegetables so they adhere to the cream cheese. Roll the tortilla up and trim the edges so they are even. Cut in to 4 pieces and place in the thermos. Put the lid on and the pinwheels will stay cold, crunch and not squished all the way to lunchtime.

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