Sneaky But Healthy Lunches

Let's face it: we're not always successful when it comes to getting our kids to eat healthy. No matter what we've tried — whether it is orange juice-braised carrots or cream cheese on the zucchini — it's always a struggle to get kids to forget about their fear of vegetables and start eating healthy.

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And then there's the problem of lunch. As kids head off to school each day, we can only hope they're getting the nutrition they need from their tiny little lunchboxes. It makes us wonder: will the boring PB&J or ham-and-cheese sandwich we've packed even be finished? Do those have enough nutrients in them to begin with?

Because packing an appealing and nutritious lunch is a constant struggle for moms and dads alike, we've asked The Sneaky Chef, Missy Chase Lapine, to apply her clever tricks to lunch recipes to help get some health back in the lunchbox. These recipes are simple to make, easy to do ahead of time, and best of all, they're kid-favorites that are packed with healthy ingredients, hidden so the kids can't see them. Whether it's the Mac and Cheese Muffins or the "Sneak-Wiches," these lunches will have your kids asking for more, and you can be sure they're getting a nutritious lunch every time.

Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce