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Packing Healthy Lunches for You and the Rest of Your Family

Packing your lunch can save you lots of money in the long run. It also allows you to eat healthier during the week, but only if you pay attention to what goes into your lunchbox. It is easy to throw in processed food or chips and candy to fill out your lunch. There is a better way, however. With these easy ideas, you can boost your nutrition during the week without a lot of extra work.

First, think about increasing veggies. Spend a few minutes on the weekend to cut up some fresh vegetables into bite-sized portions for the entire week. Carrot sticks, broccoli, and peppers are great with a small container of dip. You can also add shredded veggies to tuna or chicken salad. Top your sandwiches with a lettuce leaf and a tomato slice for an easy addition.
Next, think about your beverage choice. Instead of throwing in a can of high-calorie soda, bring a bottle full of water or flavored tea. Even juice is a better choice. If you want some fizz in your drink, pack a can of sparkling water and some fruit juice. Mix them together for a healthier lunch drink.

A small bag of chips is easy to grab, but really isn’t a healthy choice. Instead pack whole-wheat pretzels or crackers. You can also eat some string cheese or a hard-boiled egg instead of high fat chips.

Finally, don’t give up dessert. Instead of a candy bar, pack some fruit for a sweet ending. Strawberries, oranges, and grapes are great lunchbox treats. Try some dried fruit like apples or apricots if you don’t have the time to wash and cut up your fruit. You can also pack a container of yogurt for a convenient healthy option.

It’s hard to leave home sometimes—trust us, we know. But Channelside Apartments in Fort Myers, Florida believes it is important to not only stay active in your community, but to also express curiosity about new subjects. This event is the perfect chance to spread your roots and learn new things!

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