These days when packing lunches for school or work, most everyone knows which foods are better and healthier choices, but not everyone knows how to keep foods fresh and safe. According to recent research, almost 90% of the perishable foods in packed lunches had reached an unsafe temperature by lunchtime.

What’s the best and easiest way to keep foods cool? When you can, freeze it! Milk, juice boxes and water bottles are obvious potential cold packs, but did you know you can freeze lean meat sandwiches and pack the fresh vegetables separately? Yogurts and some cheeses can be frozen too. Also be sure to buy insulated lunch boxes and double up on the ice packs. When packed correctly, homemade lunches are a great way to ensure your family is eating a healthful lunch.