(Not Too) Sweet Lunchbox Treats

Pack a treat that’s not too sweet! A lunchbox treat you can feel good about: dark chocolate bark.

Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe | a not too sweet lunch box treat

An occasional treat in your kids’ lunchboxes (or at your end of year school party) is a welcome surprise. But when you choose to pack a sweet treat, make it a healthy one! Packaged snacks are typically loaded with added sugars—in many cases far exceeding the daily recommended limit for empty calories.

One easy way to reduce added sugars in your lunchboxes is to make your treats at home. Enter our new food of the week: dark chocolate!

Dark chocolate is a fantastic way to health up your lunchbox treats. Chocolate containing at least 70% cacao contains a fraction of the sugars found in milk chocolate. Not only do you reap the many benefits of dark chocolate. This super easy dark chocolate bark recipe from The 52 New Foods Challenge is great fun to cook with your kids. Enjoy mixing and matching your favorite ingredients! Try making it nut-free by adding toasted sunflower seeds.

Jennifer Tyler Lee is author of The 52 New Foods Challenge (Penguin Random House/Avery 2014) and the creator of the award-winning healthy eating game, Crunch a Color®. Her family cooking adventures have been featured at Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Rachael Ray’s Yum-O!, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Pottery Barn Kids, and Whole Foods Markets. She is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post.

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