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A healthy lunch is the key to keeping your family going all afternoon, but a balanced meal doesn't have to cost you more than a few dollars a day. Buy versatile ingredients and use them in everything so nothing goes to waste. Pick up a head of lettuce, a few tomatoes and some Italian bread at the beginning of the week, and you can work them into lunch all week long.
Ensuring that kids with allergies stay away from the foods they are allergic to can be challenging, especially when you send your kids off to school. Fortunately, several companies produce lunch bags that are especially suited for allergy kids and which can alert teachers, other school staff and other kids to your child's allergies. Of course, instead of purchasing one of these specialized bags, you can always outfit an existing lunch bag or container with some allergy safety features.
Packing a brown-bag lunch is a smart way to plan your midday eating -- which is particularly useful if you are on a diet or just keeping an eye on your calorie intake. Cafeteria lunches, fast food and restaurant meals often have high calorie counts from calorie-dense ingredients like cream and butter. Choose bulky, low-calorie foods to feel satisfied for the rest of the work or school day without overindulging.
Whether your child's class has a field trip planned and requires a meal on-the-go or you pack lunches daily, keep it simple. Since brown bag lunches don't usually get refrigerated, choose food that won't spoil or require a microwave. Keep the meal basic, fun and colorful and you'll have a happy, full child.