Healthy Swaps: Bag Lunches

Dressing being poored into a glass pitcher

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you're eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Packing up for our Brown Bag Challenge? Use these swaps to make your lunch healthy and delicious.

Instead of: Regular cold cuts
Choose: Lower sodium varieties

The Payoff: As much as a 50-percent reduction in salt. Check labels or company websites for info on your favorite brand

Instead of: Creamy salad dressing
Choose: Vinaigrette dressing

The Payoff: A 25-percent reduction in fat and calories

Instead of: Peanut Butter & Fluff
Choose: PB & B (banana)

The Payoff: A kid-friendly sandwich without corn syrup and added sugar

Instead of: Veggie-only salads

Choose: Add-ins like hard boiled egg, beans, chicken or shrimp

The Payoff: Satisfying protein and energizing B-vitamins

Instead of: Junk-filled yogurt

Choose: Plain Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit and nuts

The Payoff: A protein boost and no added sugar or artificial sweeteners

Tell Us: What are your favorite healthy bagged lunch items?

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