Pack Lunch Right
Instead of wasteful brown paper bags, disposable cutlery, and paper napkins, upgrade to these eco-friendly options:
BPA-free plastics: It's best to use a lidded container free of bisphenol A and phthalates, which have been linked to certain cancers and developmental problems.
Insulated lunch bags: Like portable fridges, these bags are modern versions of the metal lunch box you used to bring to school. They're essential for hauling perishable foods.
Reusable place settings: Pack a cloth napkin and metal silverware or a bamboo utensil set and you'll stop contributing plastic knives, forks, and spoons to landfill.
Running for the bus, car or train? Grab one of these stress- and mess-free ingredients for your lunch and they'll stay in one piece in a purse, lunch box, or briefcase:
HARD-BOILED EGG. This high-protein source of all-day energy can travel at room temperature and helps release feel–good endorphins when you eat it.
CHEESE AND WHOLE-GRAIN CRACKERS. This classic combination of whole grains and protein provides a great side dish to a green salad. (Make sure the crackers are free of hydrogenated oils.)
LEAFY GREENS. Greens travel well at room temperature. To keep them crisp in transit, wash them right before you pack them, and wrap them in a cloth napkin.
QUINOA. This delicious and healthy grain can be eaten cold or at room temperature. Add a few steamed or sautéed vegetables to it for a quick and healthy salad.
AVOCADO. You can carry this fruit whole and then slice it in half when you're ready to eat it. If you only eat half, sprinkle the other half with lemon juice—it helps prevent the flesh from turning brown.
EDAMAME. These soy beans are a complete protein and contain folate. You can buy them fresh or frozen; steam them still in the pod then add a little pinch of salt.
GRANOLA WITH ALMONDS AND/OR WALNUTS. This combination of grains and healthy fats can last for a week in a sealed container. Top it with fresh sliced bananas for mood-boosting potassium.