Lynna's Life Hacks: Tricks for packing school lunches

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CLEVELAND -- A paper towel and a little science knowledge can help busy parents with packing their kids' school lunches.

No more soggy nuggets

Packing hot chicken nuggets can leave the kids with a mushy mess by lunchtime. 

Next time, use a Thermos, with a folded paper towel on the inside. The paper towel will absorb the extra moisture, and the Thermos will help keep the nuggets warm.

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No more brown apples

You'd like to prepare sliced apples in advance, but no one likes the browning. Lemon juice works great, but many kids don't like the change in taste.

Leave it to the food scientists at Cornell University to come up with a sweet solution: Honey.

Browning is caused by a fruit enzyme called polyphenol oxidase. Researchers found a peptide found in honey suppresses the enzyme's browning activity. Honey also has anti-oxidant properties and has a more desirable taste.

Simply mix 2 tablespoons of honey per one cup of water. Soak the apple slices in the honey bath for one minute. Even after days in the refrigerator, our apples still looked freshly cut.

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You can see more of Lynna's Life Hacks, on Channel 3 News, weekdays, 4-7 a.m.