Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School

Packing School Lunches

September is here and students everywhere are back in the classroom. Besides homework, this means students and parents will once again be faced with decisions about school lunches.

The best way to make sure kids are eating well at school is to encourage nutritious options from an early age. In addition, allowing children to pack lunches themselves helps to motivate good food choices in the long run. This way, less food (and money) will ultimately be wasted, and kids will be given a responsibility. This month, ECOlunchboxes is offering a free, step by step guide to help you pass the right tools (and duties) along to children to pack a good and healthy lunch.

Sign up for the GlassDharma newsletter where you will find instructions in the September issue on how to receive your own PDF showing you just how to successfully shift this lunch packing responsibility from you - and onto the kids!

by Cooksmarts.com
Packing a healthy lunch does not stop with food and drink! Consider all of the food and beverage carriers in your house. What is the main ingredient in those? Ditch the sandwich bags, water bottles, and plastic wrap! Plenty of family friendly, Earth conscious options are now available to help transport you and your family's nutritious lunches to work and school. Cloth snack and sandwich bags make a great addition to any lunch box, and are easy to make yourself.



Glass and stainless steel containers are safer than plastic for transporting food as well, especially for hot or acidic foods.  BPA and Phthalates, as well as other known toxins lurk in most plastic containers.  When temperatures fluctuate, the risk of ingesting these types of toxins along with your food and drink is increased.  Do your research to assure food safety when choosing how to pack and what containers to choose.

Did you know that you can save an estimated $400.00 a year by choosing reusable lunchware over disposable products?  Green Child Magazine has published a list that shows how.  Over time, these habits add up to big savings!

As always, avoid single use plastics such as utensils, straws, even yogurt containers! Every bit of plastic we do not use is more that will not be created, and ultimately end up in a landfill or ocean.