There are limitless ideas for green and healthy lunches. Here are some tips for what you can pack.
School lunches can produce a large amount of packaging waste. You are probably familiar with low-waste lunches and the thought that to go green, the majority of what you send to school must be reusable. Pack your kid’s lunch in a low-waste lunchbox, but you might be thinking what to put it in! Well, there are infinite ideas for green and healthy lunches.
Healthy Lunch Ideas–
Sandwiches are your typical lunch basis. You can start with your usual lunchmeat or peanut butter and jelly, and get artistic by adding slices of brie and pear. Salad sandwiches, such as tuna, egg, salmon, and chicken, are easy and fast to prepare a night before. Wait to place them on the bread until the next morning and add a piece of lettuce on each side to avoid the bread from getting soggy. Cheese sandwiches with avocado, sprouts, and/or cucumbers are also yummy and add variety.
Leftovers are another simple and delicious way to go green. Children love it when there are sufficient leftovers from dinner for them to take to school the next morning – from pasta, to pizza, to chicken with rice and grilled vegetables.
Experiment with sandwich options like bagels, pita pockets, burritos, or wraps to freshen your lunchbox meals. Pick unusual protein alternatives such as dips like hummus, black bean, and nut butters. Tofu diced plain, or cooked up in many different ways, is also popular lunchbox preference at many houses. Baked stuffed potatoes are an appetizing lunch that you can cook with dinner a night before. Even breakfast items such as pancakes, or boiled eggs, can be a good way to escape of the normal lunch schedule.
If you generally run low on time in the mornings, you can always opt for grabbing a mix and match of green ease foods, like whole fruit, cold cuts and vegetables, out of the fridge that you can make and pack into reusable containers over the weekend.