1. Let every lunch be unique. Variety is the slice of life, so try a new type of bread every day of the week. Instead of the usual tuna on white bread, give whole wheat a try. Make your PB&J's with raisin bread. Layer your turkey and Swiss on pumpernickel. Vary your breads and vary your sandwich fillings to keep lunch intriguing. To make lunch interesting for your kids, use two different types of bread to make each sandwich, cut them into quarters and flip two of the quarters over for a checkerboard effect.
2. Toast it. Mmmmm, the delightful contrast of crisped bread and melting cheese - unbeatable! Add texture to your sandwiches by toasting your bread. At work, take advantage of your break room toaster and be the envy of the office.
3. Bring your own lunch and share. Gather your buddies at work or at the park one day a week for a sandwich exchange. Just think, a filling and affordable lunch with no bill or tip at the end of the hour.
4. Show your kids you care. Packing lunch for your kids is another way to show them you care. Include a note in their lunch bags or scribble words of inspiration or a funny joke on a napkin. And if you want to get really creative, use large cookie cutters to turn your child's sandwich into a work of art. Little surprises will let your kids know you are thinking about them – and it will make them smile.
5. Use eco-friendly lunch bags. Most women love to show off a new handbag – why should your lunch bag be any different? There are a host of insulated, eco-friendly options in fashion-friendly colors and designs. To jazz up your kids lunches, use recycled paper bags and have them add ribbons, name tags or their own drawings. With a little creativity, packing healthy lunches can become a fun family tradition.
6. Join the Brown Bag Club. To demonstrate just what kind of impact brown bag lunches will have on your wallet and waistline, the Grain Foods Foundation has created an online savings tool. By joining the Brown Bag Club, you can calculate your savings, download coupons, get delicious sandwich recipes and register to win a year's worth of free groceries. Visit GrainPower.org to register.
Whether you are a mom, in college or working 9 to 5, brown bagging is a hip, healthy and economical way to lunch.
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