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27 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch

In 2013 you want to save money AND eat healthier. Bringing lunch from home will help you get started.

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3. Pack a smoothie in your lunch with this little trick.

Put your thermos in the freezer the night before. In the morning, make your smoothie (make a green smoothie if you want to be extra healthy) and pour into the thermos. The frozen thermos will keep your smoothie cold and fresh until lunchtime.

5. Make a gorgeous vegan salad in a mason jar.

Make five salads in a jar on Sunday and they will stay fresh and crisp through the whole week. Keep dressing on the bottom or bring it separately. Get tips here.


6. Put that slow cooker to good use.

Try making a hearty stew or curry in a slow cooker for dinner — it'll be cheap, plentiful, and belly-warming. You'll have enough leftover for lunch the next day (or any day, if you freeze it). Check out this page for more ideas and recipes.

7. Make quinoa your main grain.

Quinoa is so much healthier than rice or pasta. Make a giant batch and store it in a tupperware container in the fridge for up to a week. You'll be pleased to find out it doesn't dry out the way rice does. Easily toss a scoop into a stew or soup that you're packing.

8. Wrap last night's leftovers into dumplings.

Got some leftover curry or casserole but not enough for a whole meal? Stuff them into pre-made gyoza wrappers. All it takes is a little bit of water to seal them. These are so easy to eat, plus you can include some kind of dip (think guacamole, hummus, or just plain soy sauce). Get more info here.

9. Use the wet paper towel trick for reheating leftovers in the microwave.

Wet a paper towel and wring it out. Place it over your dish. It will help any pasta or rice dish retain its moisture.

10. Write a cute message on a banana for a loved one.

If you're packing someone else's lunch, include a banana and scrape a secret message onto the peel using a toothpick. By lunchtime, it will have magically appeared.


15. Keep a loaf of bread in the office.

Instead of bringing a sandwich to work, just bring the fillings and make the sandwich in the office kitchen. This will keep the sandwich from getting all soggy (inevitable if you're including meat or tomatoes).


17. Use your muffin tin to bake whole meals.

Not only is this an easy way to exercise portion control, but you can make a bunch at once and save them for the rest of the week. If you're cooking for kids, they love eating with their hands. Here are 10 easy muffin meals, including meatloaf cupcakes and mac & cheese muffins.


22. Frozen cooked shrimp is healthy and easy.

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They defrost during the day, but stay cold enough so that they're safe to eat. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and any other seasoning, or include a dip.

27. Pack monkey milk in a mason jar and freeze for a delightful dessert.

Monkey milk is banana milk on the bottom, dark chocolate milk on top. By the time it defrosts, it'll be cold and slushy. Get the supremely easy recipe here.


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