How do you pack your child's lunch? Or even your own? Do you consider the packaging? For many, I am guessing you may have a sandwich, along with some fruit and some packaged items. For others, it may be a case of grabbing what you can get on the go, but these options are not always eco-friendly or even healthy.
Your first priority is to make it a healthy meal, but sometimes this seems too hard. There is all the shopping, the prepping, not to mention what to carry the lunch in. Often it is simpler to grab that burger meal or sweet cake or even a pizza slice. Even some foods that look healthy, are they really healthy? But trust me, it is worth preparing your own lunch.
If you want to be healthy you need to consider what you are eating if you want to look after your body and the health of yourself and your family. I have found a number of ways to make it easy:
Use leftovers from your dinner from the night before. Make a little extra dinner and you will always have lunch ready.
Make a curry, casserole or soup. Then split it into lunch-size containers. Freeze what you are not going to use the next day, ready for when you need it.
Eggs are very easy to cook and are very satisfying. Make an omelette and roll it by stuffing with your favourite veggies (e.g., mushrooms, capsicums, peas, etc) and even cheese. Or make the old reliable egg sandwiches
Of course, sandwiches and rolls are still a great way to prepare food for lunch. Place in as lunch container, along with snacks such as nuts and fruit.
If you are up for a bit more prepping why not cut up veggies into
One thing you can do to be eco-friendly is to eliminate as much packaging from your lunch. It means out are plastic bags, throw away cartons and boxes, like crisps, packaged snack bars and pre-made lunches. Instead, bring reusable lunch boxes and drink bottles.
One benefit of having nude lunches is not only is it good for the environment but often a lot of the processed food is eliminated by bringing nude food, as you tend to prepare healthier lunches such as pieces of fruit, sandwiches and rolls, as well as a good helping of water.
If you are game for more:
Look at bringing food sourced locally. Buying local cuts down on the fuels used to transport the food thereby reducing your carbon footprint. If possible, buy natural and/or organic. This goes hand in hand with making a meal plan and shopping weekly.
Making this change will reduce your waste and it is one step to making an impact on the environment. At earthly passion, we have a number of items to help you at lunchtime. Here are some items that you might be interested in:
You will find these items at our shop at Single Use Swaps
We would love to hear from you with your comments and suggestions, as would others learning along with us. Let's all make the changes to be more earthly passionate.
Attracta & the earthly passion team