Whether you’re packing bag lunches for yourself or your kids, you should feel good about selecting wholesome foods and healthy portion sizes. Plus, you’ll save money if you pack a lunch instead of going out to eat. Here are four tips for your next bag lunch:
- Pack last night’s leftovers. Or, reinvent leftovers and create something entirely new for lunch (e.g., a chicken salad wrap or bean salad).
- Keep it fresh. Don’t let salads or sandwiches get soggy. Pack toppings and dressings in a separate container and assemble your meal when it’s time for lunch.
- Stay cool. Use cooler packs in your lunch bag or keep your lunch in the refrigerator. Perishable food must be kept cold – otherwise harmful bacteria can multiply and potentially make you sick.
- Reheat safely. When using a microwave to reheat food, ensure the food is heated evenly by turning or stirring it. Food should be reheated to at least 165 F.