School is back in session, and the kids are transitioning from summer break to classrooms and after-school activities. It’s not always easy to get back into the swing of things, but one of our favorite activities is packing a waste-free lunch with our kids.
Preparing and packing lunches the night before saves time during busy mornings and gives kids an opportunity to pick what they would like to eat. Here is our favorite recipe to follow when packing back-to-school lunches with your kids:
Step 1: Pick out fun reusable containers
The right containers provide a solid foundation for a nutritious lunch. Our kids love packing food in their stainless steel bento boxes. These durable, colorful containers make it easy to balance food groups and healthy portions.
Step 2: Make the main meal
With so many different combinations, sandwiches and wraps are an easy way to pack a healthy lunch. We are always experimenting, but here are a few of our favorite combinations. Help your kids cut them in half or quarters to fit into their containers. Fill in the other sections with cut fruits, veggies, nuts and more.
Step 3: Add snacks
Sundays are perfect for making a batch of snacks for the week. Energy bites are easy to make with your kids and pack along with lunch or for a quick after-school snack before activities begin.
Skip the plastic baggie and instead fill reusable snack bags with a handful of whole wheat pretzels or crackers.
Step 4: Hydrate properly
Water can be easily packed in reusable bottles. Remind your kids to BYOB (bring your own bottle) for the school day to reduce waste associated with throwaway plastic bottles and juice boxes. Cold smoothies, juices or milk can be packed in insulated jars. Remember to pre-chill by putting in the freezer for a few minutes (lid off) before filling with your cold drink.
Step 5: Don’t forget waste-free accessories
Bamboo sporks, stainless steel straws, a cloth napkin (and a note from mom and dad) make the perfect finishing touches for a waste-free lunch. Help your kids pack everything in their lunchbox and don’t forget to grab it out of the fridge in the morning!
Worried that your kids may not remember to bring all of their containers home? Our co-founder Lynn reassures you that they WILL remember!