08/13/2012 09:09 am ET Updated Sep 06, 2012

The Best Packed School Lunches

There's a lot of wheeling and dealing that goes on in the school cafeteria. Ham and cheese sandwiches are being traded for pretzels, and chocolate puddings are swapped for Doritos.

When it comes to lunch hour, food is currency. The kid with all the power is the one whose mom packed a Twix bar in their lunch bag. And if all you have is a sandwich made with 9-grain homemade bread, then you're at the bottom of the totem pole.

Think about that next time you pack your kid's lunch. We're not recommending that you load them up with candy bars to crown them king of the cafeteria. There are healthy and delicious items you can prepare to make their lunch the envy of the lunchroom. Check them out below.

Best School Lunch