In a lunch crunch? 4 easy solutions to grab and go

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 10:01

I count myself lucky when it comes to lunch: I happen to work in a place where on most days all I have to do is wander down the hall to the EatingWell Test Kitchen around noon and fill my plate with all of the wonderful healthy food the lovely cooks put out on a daily basis. But most of us don’t have that luxury at work or at school and even I can’t always rely on it for a balanced meal.

Add this ingredient to your lunch to help you shed pounds

Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 09:51

My husband and I are fairly active people, but we’re always looking for more ways to shed a few pounds. (Who isn’t, right?) So when I read that adding more fiber to your diet can help you lose weight, I started to think about where I could sneak in some extra fiber during the day.

Fiber at breakfast and dinner is something we already get a healthy amount of, so lunch seemed like a good place to experiment with new ideas.

3 foods that should be in your child's lunchbox

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/17/2009 - 09:45

Most of the “water cooler conversation” around our office this time of year is about back to school. (Check out the recipes and tips in our new Back to School Guide!)

I’m sure this comes as no surprise because we work at EatingWell, but most of the focus has been on what to pack kids for lunch. You might find it refreshing to know that we too struggle with what to feed our kids.

Have lunch, will travel

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 09:37

I often drive to visit my family on long holiday weekends. I used to not enjoy the trips because when I got hungry I would have to pull over at a rest stop and buy fried food that I would spend the latter half of my drive regretting. So now I pack a cooler with healthy lunches that keep me satisfied for the entire trip. When I stop, I find a picnic bench and enjoy a sandwich or salad that I packed and I don’t have to deal with swarms of people, greasy food or regrets.

Bento Lunch Boxes

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 15:00
The ancient Japanese tradition of packing lunch in a bento box, a decorative container with small compartments, elevates the take-along lunch. Bento lunches usually contain a wide variety of foods in artful arrangements; plus, the compartments of a bento box help control portion sizes. The stackable bowls shown here with Salmon Salad Bento ($19-$39, make it easy to “brown bag it”—without wasting any bags. The bento box pictured with the Pizza Roll-Up Bento Lunch is perfect for kids ($22.99,

Lunches your kids won't trade

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 13:51
We have a lot of young mothers on staff at EatingWell and their kids range in age from 5 months to 5 years. At lunchtime the conversation often turns to how challenging it is to pack a healthy kids lunch. Between dealing with finicky eaters and no-peanut rules, it seems like it’s really hard to pull a meal together! Here are a few tips and recipes we’ve come up with in the test kitchen to help you pack a lunch your kids will be excited about.
  • Tip 1: Cut fruit into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Melon works very well.

8 Trade-Proof Goodies for Lunchboxes

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/17/2009 - 12:56
EatingWell's nutrition staff knows how important healthy snacks and lunches are for a kid's overall energy and health. Here are some quick—and fun—ideas that make the grade!
  • Fruity Kebabs: Spear chunks of pineapple, cucumber, orange and/or grapes on toothpicks; include a small cup of sugar-free yogurt for dipping.
  • Happy Trails Mix: Combine equal parts popcorn and whole-grain unsweetened cereal; add a small handful of orange-flavored dried cranberries.

Fun Lunchboxes for a Good Cause

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/14/2009 - 10:54
Your lunch will taste better in these chic lunchboxes made by a woman's cooperative in the Philippines.
“Packing your lunch is a great way to control calories and fat in your diet. When you eat out at a restaurant or get a sandwich from a deli, you really never know exactly what’s in it,” says Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., co-author of The EatingWell Diet.