The Best and Worst Lunch Choices

Pack a healthy lunch, and save a little cash: Ditch these food-industry Frankenfoods.

By Jean Nick


Cracker Packs

Easy and healthy-sounding, these plastic-swathed six-packs of cracker sandwiches are cheap for a reason: They contain little real food and lots of hidden sugars, fats, and preservatives.

Better: Make your own cracker sandwiches with whole-grain crackers and organic nut or seed butter, soft cheese, or your own cheese spread. Make cheddar spread by blending 8 ounces of grated sharp cheddar with 4 tablespoons of softened organic butter. Make a bunch of cracker sandwiches and store them in the fridge, grabbing a few to pack in your lunch every day.