8 Helpful Hints For Packing the Best Brown-Bag Lunch

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When you're busy, packing a brown-bag lunch can seem like a total drag, but it doesn't have to be that way. Instead, take the time each evening or morning to put together a healthy and appetizing lunch for yourself or your kids (if you have them). Here are some helpful hints for packing a meal you'll look forward to all morning long.

—€” Additional reporting by Katie Sweeney

Make Variety a Priority
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Make Variety a Priority

Be creative! Try not to make the same thing every day. If you have a sandwich on Monday, bring a salad on Tuesday or combine the two and make a wrap. Variety is the key to not getting stuck in a peanut-butter-and-jelly rut.

Pack in the Produce
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Pack in the Produce

Skip the processed foods (like single-serving packs of chips) and opt for fresh ingredients when it comes to the snacks, like chopped fruit in a mason jar, vegetable sticks with hummus, and cheese.

Pack Crave-Worthy Snacks
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Pack Crave-Worthy Snacks

Nuts (or trail mix) and popcorn are great for snacking.

Make Use of Your Mason Jars
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Make Use of Your Mason Jars

Avoid sogginess by packing food items in different containers or by perfectly layering the ingredients of a salad inside a mason jar. Mason jars (unlike Tupperware) are easier to transport in your bag and won't leak.

Make Sandwiches More Exciting
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Make Sandwiches More Exciting

Make sandwiches more exciting with interesting condiments. Rather than using the standard mustard and mayo, slather on pesto or tapenade.

Turn Last Night's Leftovers Into Lunch
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Turn Last Night's Leftovers Into Lunch

Turn last night's leftovers into lunch or a whole new dish. If you had steak and potatoes for dinner, throw slices of steak and chopped potato into a pita with mint, tomatoes, and store-bought hummus. Have chicken and veggies? Toss leftover chicken and veggies with cooked pasta, herbs, and crumbly cheese to make a hearty pasta salad.

Don't Forget Dessert
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Don't Forget Dessert

It's nice to finish lunch with a little something sweet. A piece of chocolate or a cookie bar are delightful ideas.

When all else fails, avocado toast guarantees a happy lunch.

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