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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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Brown Bagging: What’s in Your Lunchbox?

Bal's Spiced Okra will brighten things up.

Bal's Spiced Okra will brighten things up at lunch time.

The kids are back in school, but why should they be the only ones to enjoy a homemade packed lunch?

Spice Goddess Bal Arneson to the rescue with a colorful Spiced Okra that’s perfect for packing. Watch her make it this morning at 11:00am ET, along with savory Paneer Fish Cakes with Apple and Fig Chutney and a fresh Coconut Bean Salad. Don’t leave out the sweet Lentil (!) Cookies.

If sandwiches are what you crave for lunch, Emeril covers breads and spreads this afternoon at 4:30pm ET. Watch him make a Tuna Melt; a Pressed Roast Turkey, Pesto, and Provolone Sandwich; and a Prosciutto and Mozzarella Panini. Sandwiches like these will surely make you the envy of all your coworkers.

Pack Emeril up in your lunch bag.

Pack Emeril up in your lunch bag.

Flip through all our favorite lunchbox recipes right here.

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