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4 Bag Lunch Tips

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:

  1. Pack last night’s leftovers. Or, reinvent leftovers and create something entirely new for lunch (e.g., a chicken salad wrap or bean salad).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.