- cloth napkin
- reusable containers
- pbj sandwich made on whole grain bread with natural peanut butter and low sugar preserves
- organic local yogurt (no "kid" yogurt with HFCS or artificial colors)
- a piece of fruit (usually organic or local apple, banana, berries or pear)
- cheese (usually organic, but not always)
- a cereal or granola bar (usually a Kashi or Trader Joe's brand)
- fresh carrots
- nuts and raisins
We thought we were just following instructions to pack a "no- or low-garbage" healthy lunch, which was what they told us was school policy at orientation. So now I am left to wonder what do parents pack for their children's lunches? Our son eats at school what he eats at home. Sure it is easy to control what a 3 year old eats. But we are also setting up habits and preferences that will follow him through his whole life.
I offer these tips to any parents wanting to pack a green lunch:
Use cloth napkins - you can buy them on sale off season or you can make your own
Buy reusable containers, particularly stainless steel (I like LunchBots ) and cloth (cloth snack and sandwich bags)
Pack whole foods
Pack organic, local and sustainably-raised items whenever you can by shopping local farmer's markets, check out the selection at your local grocery store and ask for healthier, sustainable options wherever you shop.
Say no to processed foods whenever possible.
Make your own food whenever you can. Bake your own bread or muffins over the weekend, for example.
It's not an all or nothing game. Every change you make, makes the next change easier. Here are some other resources for healthy and green lunch options.
Waste Free Lunches
Organic Buying Guide- what you should worry about and what doesn't really matter
Some Tips from Michael Pollan on Healthier Eating
Here's a school that is taking the healthy lunch thing a little too far, if you ask me.
What do you pack for lunch?