The healthiest lunch you can eat is typically the one you make for yourself. It'll also save you a bundle over restaurant food, and the landfills will thank you for leaving all the disposable wrappers, bowls, and packaging behind. The problem is the food industry has convinced us that we can't make our own lunches without a whole bunch of "convenience" foods that are expensive and wasteful at best and, at worst, are full of unhealthy food additives and chemicals. Luckily, whether it's for yourself or your children, you can still pack tasty, wholesome lunches the old-fashioned way—from scratch—in just a few minutes a day. Here are my top 15 things not to pack, and what to include instead.
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