Less Junk, More Good-for-You Food: How to Pack a Better, Healthier Lunch

Bringing your lunch to work is a great way to save money and get balanced nutrition. But are you making these common mistakes with your brown bag lunch? Here's how to pack delicious, healthy lunch (16 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Sep 5, 2012 at 3:55PM

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Less Junk, More Good-for-You Food: How to Pack a Better, Healthier Lunch

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Mistake: Stuffing Yourself

Packing last night’s leftovers might seem like a good idea, but it’s easy to overeat if you aren’t careful about portion sizes, says Dobbins. Also beware of those lunchbox-sized packaged foods (such as individual bags of chips) -- they may actually contain more than one serving.

What to Do: Portion out leftovers into single servings. For example, a serving of rice or pasta is one cup, or the size of a baseball. A serving of protein is 3 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards. If you’re taking snack foods, like your favorite cracker, don’t just grab a handful or bring the whole box. Read the label to determine how many constitute a serving and bring exactly that in a small plastic bag.

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