Keep Sliced Apples from Turning Brown: Lunchbox Hack
This is one of those "Why didn't I think of this before?!" super useful life hacks. Keep apples from turning brown in lunchboxes with this super simple trick that saves the wastefulness of plastic baggies and the dishes generated using containers. The simple act of slicing up an apple drastically increases the likelihood that my kids will eat the whole thing during their short lunch times (and reduces the likelihood that Flintstone will eat the core, yuck!), and it allows for a myriad of dipping options -peanut butter, cinnamon sugar, caramel (as a rare treat!). In the past, I've doused apple slices in water with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice in it (Citric acid slows the browning of apples), but this is sooooo much faster and easier:
Slice up your apple like a tick-tack-toe board (#), with the core being the center box. Hold the apple together as a whole (leave the core in the center), and put a rubber band around it. This is a great way to re-use the rubber bands that often come around greens at the Farmer's Market!
BAM! That simple. Toss it in the lunchbox, and you're good to go. In full disclosure, I did not come up with this. I saw it on Pinterest, but I don't remember who the original poster was.
And if this delicious vegan lunchbox looks good to you, check out Healthy Lunch Ideas: Waste Free Lunchbox.
What is your favorite lunchbox hack (or kitchen hack or life hack)?