Ever splurge on pricey Bistro Boxes in the prepared food section of your favorite grocery store? They’re usually packed with things like rich pasta salads, hard-boiled eggs and other tasty but sometimes not super-healthy combinations.

If you’re taking your lunch to work or even just bringing home dinner, you can indulge all the time on Bistro Boxes (the grown-up version of Bento Boxes for kids) without the cost or calories overload. Crispy Green Brand Ambassador Kristen McCaffrey from Slender Kitchen, has put together a list of tips for packing your own Bistro Box at home, along with a full-array of ideas for you to pack your very own box, with your favorite salads, whole-wheat crackers, veggies, fruits and nuts.

McCaffrey recommends pairing each box with a healthy bag of Crispy Fruit “because I absolutely love their sweet flavor and crunchy texture. It’s the perfect, guilt-free addition to your meal since they have no added sugar and contain 100% real fruit. Plus, you never have to worry about the fruit spoiling or turning brown.”

If you’re looking for more packable food ideas, try a few snacks from “Our Favorite After-School Snacks for Kids (and Adults)”. Food like seaweed snacks, cheese sticks and turkey jerky will go a long way to keeping your lunches fresh and fun meal combos. After all, why should the kids have all the fun?

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