Your kid's after-school bellyache may not be a ruse to get out of doing homework. It really could be something he ate -- something that you packed in his lunch box, according to a new study. Just 90 minutes before it was time for school kids to dig into their homemade lunches, over 90% of more than 700 meals were at unsafe temperatures, even those with ice packs, report University of Texas at Austin researchers. What's unsafe? Perishable food that is allowed to sit in a school locker for 2 hours. It can begin breeding tummy-toxic bugs. E. coli on rye, anyone?
Brown-bag lunches have major advantages: They can be cheaper, are more likely to be eaten by picky kids, and are less likely to contribute to pudge. (Middle schoolers who frequent the lunchroom line are more likely to be overweight than those who bring their midday meals from home, according to at least one study.) Given all these pluses, how can parents pack lunches for kids that are safe to eat? Here are some healthyRead More »from How to Pack a Spoil-Proof Lunch