Back to school doesn’t have to mean speed-eating your kids’ leftover toast as you scramble to pack school lunches and backpacks. Yes, packing nutritious lunches for your children is vital to helping them stay engaged and energized throughout the school day. However, preparing nutrition-packed meals that fuel you through your workday while keeping your weight loss goals on track are equally important. The following meal planning apps can help both you and your kids choose, plan, and create healthy meals all week.

LaLa Lunchbox

LaLa Lunchbox Source: iTunes

Cost: Free

How many times have you opened your child’s lunchbox to discover that she has, once again, nonchalantly cast her carrots and celery to the bottom of the bin, never to be consumed? Designed with the thought that kids are less likely to waste food when they are involved in the food selection process, LaLa Lunchbox empowers kids to choose a variety of nutritious foods so that parents can save money by not throwing away their kids’ unwanted food at the end of the day.

Featured in The New York Times, Parents, Cool Mom Tech and Parenting, LaLa Lunchbox features an extensive, completely customizable library of fruits, veggies, proteins and snacks. With easy-to-use grocery lists and a one click sync between between multiple iOS devices, you also never have to say, “Oh no, I forgot the list at home!” Kids and parents alike will be happy with this collaborative lunchbox approach that offers parental control over food choices and lunchbox sizes, and customizable monster graphics and lunch box designs for kids.

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Nutrition Quiz PRO: 600+ Facts, Myths & Diet Tips for Healthy Living

NutritionSource: iTunes

Cost: $1.99

Quick! Answer these questions: Is white bread healthier than wheat bread? How can bananas affect your mood? Does chewing gum make you hungry? Now, if you had downloaded the Nutrition Quiz PRO app, you would know all the answers to these questions and more.

With over 600 different facts and myths, Nutrition Quiz Pro is a fun, interactive way to bust common misconceptions about fitness, nutrition, diet and health. Quiz your kids while making dinner or use the answers to help pack a healthy lunch. With 11 unique categories to choose from, you and your kids will have all the knowledge you need to keep their lunch boxes full of nutritious foods and your weight loss goals on track.

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Spinning Meals Smart Meal Planner

Nutrition Quiz PRO: 600+ Facts, Myths & Diet Tips for Healthy LivingSource: iTunes

Cost: $2.99

You just bought four pounds of spaghetti squash to make grandma Jean’s favorite casserole for her 96th birthday dinner, but a day-long downpour has drowned your pavillion reservation at the park. Now, you’re left with four pounds of spaghetti squash. What are you going to do with all of it? That’s one of Spinning Meals Smart Meal Planner’s favorite questions! With this app, all you have to do is select an ingredient you’d like to use and designate how many meals you’d like to use this ingredient for, and Spinning Meals will provide countless recipes for you to choose from. Once you’ve chosen your meals, Spinning Meals will also create a grocery list for you to bring with you to the store. It’s a one-stop-shop for ingredient selection, meal planning, and list making. Maybe the next update will even make the meals for us!

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