Brown Bag 101: Peek Inside the Plain Brown Wrapper for Healthy Lunch Options

Whether you’re a dedicated brown-bagger or a busy parent with school-age children, you know there’s an art to packing lunch. If you’re hungry for ideas beyond the traditional sandwich, chips, cookies and soda, read on to learn how you can liven up the lunch bag with healthy choices.

Plan, then pack.

Think you don’t have the money or time to make healthier lunches? Think again. A little planning can help make packing healthy lunches an easy part of your daily routine. Just follow these tips:

  • Stay focused on your health goals. Keeping track of calories will help you decide not to waste them on fast food when you can pack a healthy alternative.
  • Love your leftovers. Put leftovers in a lunch container immediately after dinner and before cleaning up so they’re ready to go into the lunchbox the next
  • Grab-and-go. Cook a large batch of one of your favorite healthy dishes and store lunch portions in the freezer in single-serve containers.
  • Make a list of items to pack in your lunch for the morning and put it on your refrigerator door so you won’t forget anything.
  • Buddy up. Invite a co-worker to pack and eat with you a few times each week.
  • Stock your desk. Keep essentials such as napkins, cutlery, chopsticks, salt, pepper and other seasonings within reach to make it easier to eat in.

Make Your Lunch Good to Go!

Visit your nearest Macy’s or to add one of these items to your brown bag list:


Martha Stewart Collection’s Soup to Go

The Soup to Go container features an airtight lid and steam vent that make it easy to enjoy soups from chicken noodle to clam chowder. The collection also includes a Salad to Go set with a separate container for dressing and a reusable knife and fork.

Martha Stewart’s Chill It

The lunch set keeps salads crisp with a separate area for dressing, and comes with its own utensils.


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