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Brown-bagging it

(article, Culinate staff)

Just in time for the back-to-school season, the Environmental Working Group has posted a list of five tips for improving homemade school lunches:

# Get ideas from cookbooks focused on healthy family fare.
# Send less and better meat to school.
# Pack more fruits and veggies, and try to minimize the pesticides.
# Don't include boxed juice or soda.
# Cut down on wasteful packaging, if you can.

And yes, the detailed list online includes suggested menus that EWG staffers actually make for their own kids, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies for snacking.