STUDIO CITY (KCAL9) — Parents can adopt creative, yummy and healthier alternatives to junk food just in time for back to school​.

Chef Zov Karamardian from Zov’s Bistro stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to share some of her healthy solutions for the perfect lunchbox makeover.

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POPULAR UNHEALTHY FOODSBreakfast:* Toaster pastries

Sugary cereals

Frozen waffles



Hot dogs

Chicken nuggets

Processed lunch meats

Cafeteria lunches

Pizza Pockets


Packaged cheese or peanut butter


* Flavored chips

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Packaged desserts (i.e., Hostess and Little Debbie)

Candy even in the form of “fruit roll-ups”


ZOV’S HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVESBreakfast:Egg, tomatoes & cheese in a pita

English muffin topped with a sliced hardboiled egg

Cottage cheese & Mandarin oranges


Pita stuffed with Avocado chicken salad (Shredded rotisserie chicken, avocado, mayo)

Peanut Butter & Banana on wheat bread (Optional – drizzle with honey)

Margarita pizza on English muffin

Pasta Salad w/ carrots, celery, tomatoes, zucchini, cheese and chicken

Cup of hummus with veggies


Mini string cheese

Hard-boiled egg


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Nuts (unsalted)