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Diet and Nutrition

Healthy Lunches: The New 'Brown Bag'

Remember those packed lunches in elementary school?

Brown Bag LunchThe notion of packed lunches might conjure up memories of brown bags, wax paper, cardboard cartons of whole milk, and of course, peanut butter and jelly on white bread! But packed lunches today can be healthy, cost-efficient alternatives to vending machines, cafeterias, or restaurants.

Bringing a packed lunch to work or school is one way to ensure that you will have nutritious foods at your fingertips. Even if you don't have time for a long lunch break, take a few minutes to enjoy a meal brought from home. Skipping meals is associated with low blood glucose levels, fatigue, headaches, and overall lack of energy. You will be more productive in the afternoon after you have "refueled"! Tips for appetizing, nutritious lunches:

With a little bit of planning, you will find that spending 10 minutes to pack a healthy lunch is worth the investment!

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Last Reviewed: Nov 01, 2006

Bonnie J Brehm, PhD, RD Bonnie J Brehm, PhD, RD
Professor of Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati