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Coolest Lunchboxes Ever

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

Ever since mankind started going off to work and school, they have needed to eat a nice lunch. These lunches needed a box. These boxes needed goofy branding in the form of a movie or television show. With that, we present to you a bunch of cool lunchboxes throughout history (or at least since the themed lunchbox was invented).

See all of the coolest lunchboxes.

How to Pack a Perfect Lunch

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

If you do it right, a packed lunch can be more exciting and way more nutritious than anything you can buy at the neighborhood deli. Whether you’re packing lunch for kiddos or for yourself, here are things to keep in mind:

1) Make it visually appealing. Colorful foods are exciting, and an array of colors is also good for you (as long as you’re getting those pretty colors from strawberries and yellow peppers, not cheese puffs and Kool-Aid).

2) Keep it balanced. For a lunch to be satisfying and keep you going through the afternoon, it needs three main components: protein (such as tuna, peanut butter, tofu, roasted chicken, yogurt), whole grains (could be 100 percent whole-wheat bread, crackers or wraps, leftover cooked grains, baked tortilla chips) and fruits and/or vegetables (celery sticks and dip, grapes, apples). Protein and the fiber from the whole grains will fill you up and keep you satisfied. Most adults need about 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, meaning you should try to have some with every meal.

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How to Avoid the Freshman 15

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

Freshman year is an exciting time — new friends, new classes new experiences. One new experience you’re probably not eager to have is the dreaded Freshman 15. I’m going to guide you through some of the pitfalls that can lead to weight gain your freshman year (or really any time during college) and how to avoid it.

Pitfall 1: You’re up all night
When you were living at home, chances are you had a somewhat regular sleep schedule. But when left to your own devices, you might find yourself sleeping way less as you get used to late-night partying and study sessions and early morning classes. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to put on weight, thanks to a chain reaction involving stress hormones (plus you have less energy for exercise — more on that in a minute).
Solution: Ideally aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

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My Favorite Back-to-School Cookies

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

One of my favorite family food traditions is that my mom always made a fresh batch of cookies on the first day of school. Since back-to-school fever seems to be in the air, I wanted to share one of the cookie recipes I love most from home. My Pink Lemonade Candy Cookies are a variation of a Lemon Drop Candy Cookie that my mom made when I was growing up. The secret ingredient is none other than classic lemon hard candies (Lemonheads!). They are scattered throughout the batter and every now and then you get a bite with a zing of lemon candy that is crazy delicious. The secret to making hard candies work in a cookie recipe is to pulse them in a food processor. It’s important that they’re a fine crumble and that there aren’t any large pieces throughout.

The most important rule for making these cookies perfect is that it’s critical to not overbake them. When you pull them out of the oven, you might think that they aren’t finished, but they are — I promise. It’s also important to let them cool completely on the sheet tray.

I made a batch this week for the sake of tradition, even though no one in my family is headed back to school. Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t love having an excuse to make cookies?

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Snack Foods That Don’t Need to Be Refrigerated

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

Whether you’re looking to stock your dorm room or office with ready-to-eat snacks, this is the list you need. All of these items will keep unrefrigerated for a while, and they offer plenty of filling fiber and protein to satisfy your snack attack.

Nuts: Nuts are one of the best, most shelf-stable snacks you can keep on hand. Almonds, cashews, walnuts and pistachios are all good choices, offering healthy fats, fiber and protein — three things that keep you feeling full and satisfied. Get them raw or roasted and unsalted for the healthiest choice.

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