Going back to school poses a dilemma for mindful parents. We don’t want to compromise our children’s health with school lunches. We also do not want our children to feel set apart in a negative way. Earth Friendly lunches have been a hot topic lately, and there are numerous suggestions on how to green your child’s (or your own) lunch.
So, we ponder, how do healthy parents handle this? In our house, we decided to invest in Laptop Lunch Boxes for each of our school age children. These lunch systems allow me to pack healthy, fresh, and non-disposable lunches. My children love the lunch boxes, because they are cool and the envy of their friends.
Our gluten free & dairy free lunch box in the picture includes:
*Silk Soy Yogurt -vanilla with almonds
*Glutino Gluten Free Crackers
*All Natural Hummus
*Organicville Dairy Free Ranch Dressing
*Organic Baby Carrots & Broccoli
*Organic Black Grapes
Because I purchased three systems together, I received a discount. I also purchased additional internal containers for all three just in case and to allow for extra dip and lidded containers. All together I spent about $120 on three systems with extras. That may seem a little steep at first, however these boxes will save us money in the long run.
We are NOT purchasing packaged foods for lunches.
We are NOT purchasing juice boxes.
We are NOT including plastic silverware or bags.
According to Waste-Free Lunches, we could save $246 per year for each of our children who takes a waste free lunch. Those lunch boxes will pay for themselves quickly.
In addition to being good for the environment, these new lunch boxes are safe for our children. They are lead free and made from BPA free plastics. Just because the FDA claims BPA is safe doesn’t mean I will allow my children to be guinea pigs.
There are other ways to pack safe, healthy, and waste free lunches. For our family, the Laptop Lunch Systems work beautifully.
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