Photo: Matthew Mead
Don't Forget a Smart Sweet
You could just throw a few cookies into a baggie and call it dessert...or you could steal one of the brilliantly simple ideas from J.M. Hirsch's upcoming book Beating the Lunch Box Blues. Here are three of his most ridiculously easy—and delicious—brown-bag lunch upgrades: Dunk fruit in chocolate yogurt; dip pretzels into soft goat cheese that you've topped with all-fruit grape jelly; or take those aforementioned cookies and turn them into sandwiches filled with nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew or sunflower are all excellent options).